James Spence
James Spence

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Christchurch, New Zealand

High School:
Christchurch Boy's High School

Height:
6-3

Birthdate:
10/06/1983

Experience:
3L

Honors:
Tiger 3.0 Club (4 semesters); Conference USA Third Team All-Conference (2005); C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2005)


01/02/2014

Men's Tennis Ranked No. 21 in First National Rankings

O'Hare and Salisbury ranked No. 3 in doubles.

Spring 2006: Capped his Tiger career as part of the No. 45 ranked doubles team in the country...Was 8-11 in singles, going 0-4 at No. 1, 2-3 at No. 2 and 6-4 at No. 3 singles...Was 0-3 against ranked singles opponents...Teamed with Sam Withell to go 12-4 at No. 1 doubles, the best win total of any doubles combo on the team...Was named Second Team All-Conference in singles and to the All-Conference doubles team.

Fall 2005:
Was part of a doubles team that posted a 6-4 mark in doubles with two wins over ranked opponents, including one over the No. 8 ranked team of Brandon Allan and Kai Schledorn of Middle Tennessee and another over the ranked team of Bryan Wooten and Brett Joelson of Texas A&M, 8-5...Also won over Florida State's Jonathas Sucupira and Sam Chang, which started the spring semester of 2006 ranked No. 29 in the country...The Tiger tandem started the Spring 2006 season the No. 8 ranked doubles team in the country, the highest-ever ranking for a Memphis doubles team...Four of the five singles players Spence faced during the fall were ranked in the top 100 in the country, dropping Spence to 0-5 in singles during a tough fall.

Spring 2005: Led the Tigers with 13 singles victories (tying with Alex Bucewicz)...Also split time at No. 1 singles with Bucewicz, finishing with a 5-3 mark at No. 1 and an 8-6 record at No. 2...Was 7-3 in his last 10 matches of the year after suffering an injury in the Middle Tennessee match which prompted three straight singles losses to end the season...Teamed with Scott Felsenthal at No. 1 doubles for an 11-9 mark and spent two weeks among the national doubles rankings...Was named Conference USA Third Team All-Conference, his first career all-conference award...Picked up his first career award from C-USA when he and Felsenthal shared the C-USA Player of the Week award.

Fall 2004: Was named to the Tiger 3.0 Club for having of GPA of 3.0 or higher for the second straight semester...Capped the fall season with a 5-3 mark in singles, coming back from a season-opening loss to Marco Born of Middle Tennessee to advance to the A1 Consolation Singles finals, where he was to have faced teammate Alex Bucewicz in a match that was rained out...Advanced to the A singles quarterfinals at Arkansas, winning his first two matches before falling to Southwest Baptist's Dante Cipulli, 6-3, 6-2...Qualified for the main draw at the ITA Southeast Regional, using a thrilling 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 win over Middle Tennessee's Anant Sitaram to advance to the second round, where he fell to No. 17 seed Eric Claesson of Ole Miss, 6-3, 7-6...Teamed with senior Scott Felsenthal in doubles at the ITA Southeast Regional and advanced all the way to the Quarterfinals after upending the No. 7 seed of Claesson and Juan Pablo di Cesare of Ole Miss, 8-3...Fell in the quarterfinals to No. 7 seeded Ockie Oosthuizen and Ben Rogers of Tennessee to wrap up the fall schedule.

Spring 2004: Was named to the Tiger 3.0 Club for having a GPA of 3.0 or higher...Was tied for third on the squad with 12 singles victories in his first spring dual season...Finished the year with a 12-7 mark at No. 2 singles and teamed with senior Lee Taylor Walker to post a 15-6 mark at No. 1 doubles...That duo won five of their last eight matches at No. 1, while Spence had the chance to finish just one singles match at the C-USA Tournament, suffering a 6-4, 6-4 loss to a USF opponent in a 4-3 Tiger victory...At one points, Spence had won seven of his first nine matches.

Fall 2003: Went 5-5 in his first collegiate semester...Opened his career with three straight wins at the Middle Tennessee State Tournament before falling to MTSU's Rishan Kuruppu, 7-5, 6-2, in the semifinals...Suffered a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-2 loss to College of Charleston's Artie Peller in the opening round of the Southern Intercollegiate Championships before falling to Georgia Southern's Vincent Patry, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the consolation bracket...Downed Baylor's Jon Reckewey, 6-4, 6-4, in the ITA All-American Pre-Qualifier before falling to Virginia Tech's Stephane Rod, 6-2, 6-3...Downed UAB's Ruben Zrihen, 6-0, 6-1, in the opening round of the ITA Southeast Regional in Memphis before falling to No. 63 Stephen Mitchell from Alabama, 6-1, 6-2...Was 5-3 in doubles with Lee Taylor Walker...The duo picked up their first win of the season in the second tournament of the year, downing Georgia's Jason Varela and Strahinja Bobusic at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships, 8-3, then downing Vanderbilt's Zach Dailey and Scott Brown, 8-2, to advance to the quarterfinals...Had to withdraw from the quarters to return to Memphis for class since the quarters were scheduled for a week-day play...Downed UALR's Mithun Murali andNihal Advani, 8-2, in the opening round of the All-American Pre-Qualifier, then downed the Rice duo of Vuk Rajevac and Takehiko Morita, 8-6, to advance to the Round of 32 where they fell to Purdue's Troy Havens and Paul Rose, 8-6...Downed Tulane's Dmitriy Koch and David Goulet in their opening round of the ITA Southeast Regional, 9-7, before falling to the No. 32 ranked team of Romain Ambert and Florent Girod from Mississippi State in the Round of 16, 8-3...Had a 3.75 GPA in his first semester at Memphis.

Prep: Was a five-year letterwinner in tennis and a member of the Senior A team all five years...Played a number of singles spots and the top flight doubles...Team won the Canterbury Secondary Schools title four times, the South Island Secondary School championships, four times and the New Zealand Secondary School Championship once after three years as a runner-up...Was a school singles and doubles champion and was on the Canterbury underage team in 1994 and 1995 and the Canterbury men's team in 2002 - 2003...Was the New Zealand primary school doubles champion and won a number of Canterbury and provincial singles and doubles championships...Was the U18 Doubles Runner up in New Zealand in 2001 and the U16 lead-in doubles champion in 1998-99...He was awarded a school blazer all five years and colours from 1998-2001...His tennis team was the school team of the year in 2001 and the Canterbury Secondary School Sports Team of the year in 2001...Also received the physical education prize in 2001 and was the tennis team captain in 2001 and a co-captain in2000...He ranked in the top 15 in cross country at school and was a one-year letterwinner in track (athletics), debate and choir, competing in the Canterbury Secondary Schools Year 9 Debate competition and the South Island Secondary Schools choral festival...Also a five-year letterwinner in rugby, where he played fullback and first five eight...Played in U14, U15, U16 and U18 grades for rugby...In 2001, his rugby team won the U18 Section 3...Competed in triple jump in track, finishing fourth at the South Island Secondary Schools Competition...Was 23-0 in singles in 2001 and 22-0 in doubles his senior year of high school...Was a quarterfinalist in both singles and doubles at the Sunsmart Christchurch ITF U18 Tournament in 2001 and ...Was coached by Glenn Wilson in tennis in high school...Was deputy head boy in 2001 and prefect in 2000.

Personal: Full name is James Francis John Spence....Born October 6, 1983 in Christchurch...Son of David and Barbara Spence...His dad is a management consultant and his mom is a nurse..Chose Memphis because he heard good things about the coaches and the team and because it was an academically good fit. He also thought Memphis would be a different experience...Lists his greatest on-court accomplishment as winning the New Zealand Secondary School Team title.

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