Men's Tennis Completes Prep for Dual Opener
Jan. 14, 2013
MEMPHIS - - The University of Memphis men's tennis team went to Tuscaloosa intending to get three matches against ranked opponents, but with Georgia State dropping out of the tournament, the Tiger coaching staff got just two matches to experiment with the lineup in preparation for Friday's dual season opener against Michigan State. ¬ But the team made the most of the opportunities against Alabama and East Tennessee, both ranked in the team national rankings, although the weekend's matches did not count as a team dual event, but rather as player individual tournament results.
Joe Salisbury, the No. 64 ranked player in the country, faced the one other ranked singles opponent on the Tigers' slate, falling to No. 79 ranked Jarryd Botha of Alabama, 7-6 (3), 6-3. He bounced back from the loss with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4) win over East Tennessee's Rogerio Ribeiro for a win over a regional opponent. Salisbury teamed with two different doubles partners over the weekend, falling to regional No. 7 seeded Juan Ramirez and Jorge Varon, 8-7 (2), from East Tennessee, then teaming with David O'Learyfor an 8-5 win over Alabama's Daniil Proskura and Philippe Tsangarides.
Memphis' other nationally-ranked singles player, Johnny Grimal, played just one singles match, downing Alabama's Becker O'Shaughnessey, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3. Grimal teamed with David O'Harein the retooled doubles lineup. The duo won their first match, 8-7 (10-8) against East Tennessee's Ricardo Pagon and Roger Ordeig, then lost to Alabama's team of Harris Barnard and Stuart Kenyon, 8-3.
Four doubles went a perfect 2-0 in singles on the weekend, including newcomer Lukas Vrnak, who just joined the Tigers in January from his native Czech Republic. Vrnak won his first match, 6-1, 7-5, over Alabama's Rens van der Vis, then downed ETSU's Roger Ordeig, 7-5, 6-1. Vrnak also teamed with Connor Glennonin doubles, and the tandem lost to ETSU's Jesus Bandres and Rogerio Riberio, 8-5.
Glennon was one of the Tigers to go undefeated in singles play, using straight set wins in two decisive victories on the weekend. Against Alabama's Daniil Proskura, he won 6-4, 6-0; then downed East Tennessee's Jesus Bandres, the No. 19 ranked player in the Ohio Valley Region rankings, 6-3, 6-4. After teaming with Vrnak in the first doubles contest against ETSU, Glennon teamed with Cedric de Zutterin the second match, an 8-2 win over the Alabama team of Jarryd Botha and Becker O'Shaughnessey.
David O'Leary and David O'Hareboth were undefeated in singles play in the two matches. O'Leary downed Alabama's Philippe Tsangarides, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, then defeated ETSU's Jorge Varon in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. He was named the White bracket Most Outstanding Singles player for his 2-0 weekend.
O'Hare also went three sets against his Alabama opponent, downing Stuart Kenyon, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, then using straight sets to down ETSU's Juan Ramirez, 6-2, 6-4.
Cedric de Zuttersplit his singles matches on the weekend, losing his opener to Alabama's Harris Barnard, 7-5, 6-4, then bouncing back with a 6-4, 7-5 win over ETSU's Ricardo Pagon.
Memphis will open its dual season on Friday, when the team hosts No. 52 Michigan State, at The Racquet Club of Memphis. That match time has been changed to 7 p.m.
Alabama vs. Memphis - Singles
Memphis vs. ETSU - Doubles
Alabama vs. Memphis - Doubles
Memphis vs. ETSU - Singles
Crimson Most Outstanding Players
White Most Outstanding Players