Ole Miss' No. 3-seeded Lutjen, Scholtz win quarterfinal match in straight sets
URBANA, Ill. -- The ride continues for Ole Miss standouts Jonas Lutjen and Nik Scholtz as the third-seeded pair marched into the NCAA semifinals on Saturday with a straight-set win against the Georgia Tech duo of Vikram Hundal and Juan Spir.
Scholtz and Lutjen, ranked No. 3 in the nation, took out the 10th-ranked duo from GT 6-2, 6-4 in a match that had to be played indoors due to inclement weather. The All-American Rebels broke to go up 3-1 in the first set and then held the rest of the way to take the early lead. In the second set, Scholtz and Lutjen gained another early break and finished off Hundal and Spir without having to go to a third set as they did in the Round of 16.
“I think it was one of our best matches of the season,” Lutjen said. “We returned well, served well and we were focused throughout the whole match. It was a good performance.”
Their head coach agreed.
“This is one of the best matches they’ve played all year,” said Billy Chadwick, in his 30th year coaching the men's tennis team. “Both Jonas and Nik served well and were also very aggressive on their returns. It’s great to have another team in the final four, and we look forward to another great match [on Sunday].”
With the win, Scholtz and Lutjen improved to 20-6 on the year and earned their fourth win against a top-10 team this year. They will face Chris Camillone and David Holiner of Texas in the semifinals. Camillone and Holiner knocked off the fifth seed, Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland of Georgia, in their quarterfinal match.
“From here on out anything can happen if a team is really good and it’s going to come down to the wire for who is going to win it and who is going to lose,” Scholtz said.
This marks the second year in a row and sixth time overall for Ole Miss to have a team in the semifinals. Twins Marcel and Chris Thiemann reached the semifinals last year in Athens, Ga. Scholtz and Lutjen will try to become the third Ole Miss doubles team and first since 2008 to reach the final.