No. 37 Memphis Remains Unbeaten with 4-3 Win at No. 43 Vandy
Feb. 17, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Johnny Grimal won the decisive match to give Memphis a 4-3 win at in-state-rival No. 43 Vanderbilt. The Tigers improve to 6-0 on the season and the Commodores drop to 4-4.
The No. 3 singles match was tight at the beginning, with Grimal dropping the first set in a tie-breaker to Bazarnik. Grimal responded by winning the second set, 6-3, to force the decisive third set. Grimal dropped the first game and then won six-straight to give the U of M the victory.
Grimal and Leon Nasemann started the Tigers off with an 8-6 decision against Alex DiValerio and Jeff Offerdahl. Connor Glennon and David Henry secured the doubles point, winning 8-6 over Charlie Jones and Anton Kovrigin. Both duos of Grimal/Nasemann and Glennon/Henry improve to 4-1 on the season. Memphis completed the clean sweep of the doubles matches when David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury defeated the 45th-ranked Gonzalez Austin and Blake Baznarik, 8-5. O'Hare and Salisbury increased their record on the year to, 5-1.
In No. 1 singles, 114th-ranked O'Hare quickly dropped the first set, 6-0, and then dropped the second set, 6-2, to 66th-ranked Charlie Jones. After dropping the first set, 6-2, in the No. 2 singles match, Salisbury fought back to win the second set, 6-3. In the decisive-third set, Salisbury fell to Dorn, 6-0, giving Vandy a 2-1 lead in the dual match.
Glennon went up, 3-0, in the first set and had to fight off Kovrigin to take the set, 6-4. In a hotly contested second set, Glennon earned the win in a tie-break, 7-5. Cedric de Zutter, playing in just his second match of the season fell in straight sets to Offerdahl, 6-1, 6-0.
Nasemann, playing No. 5 singles, got off to a quick start against Joe Dorn, winning the first-five games before taking the first set, 6-1. Dorn responded with a second-set win, 6-2, against Nasemann. The two netters pushed the third set to a tie-break, with Nasemann pulling out the win, 9-7, and setting up the Grimal-Bazarnik third-set finale.
The Tigers will take a trip to the east coast for matches against Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., and UNC-Wilmington. Memphis and Old Dominion are scheduled to play Friday, Feb. 24, at noon (CT) and the U of M will travel to Wilmington for a match on Sunday, Feb. 26, starting at 11 a.m. (CT).
#37 Memphis 4, #43 Vanderbilt 3