Men's Tennis Comes Back for 4-3 Road Victory at Dartmouth
Feb. 21, 2014
HANOVER, N.H. - -
For the second consecutive Friday, the No. 22 University of Memphis men's tennis team (4-2) lost the doubles point after winning 14 straight dating back to last season. But this Friday, the Tigers roared back in singles play, using four straight set victories to pick up their first true road win of the season at No. 52 Dartmouth (9-3), 4-3.
"I am extremely proud of the guys and fighting hard for the win on the road against a very good Dartmouth team," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "The doubles point was great play from both teams and it was tough to lose it. But we composed ourselves quickly and played really good singles. We look forward to playing Harvard on Sunday."
The Tigers took the first step toward the doubles point with a win at No. 3 doubles from the senior team of Johnny Grimal and Ian Chadwell. It was the eighth straight win for the duo, but unfortunately for Memphis, that was the lone doubles win on the slate for Friday night.
Dartmouth took the doubles match at No. 2, 8-5, and for a second consecutive week, the doubles point hinged on the match at No. 1. The Tigers' duo of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury came back from 6-4 down in that match, tying at 6-all, then at 7-all, but for a second straight Friday, came up on the wrong end of a tiebreak, 8-7.
After picking up just one singles win at No. 20 Vanderbilt last week, Memphis turned the tables this week, picking up straight set wins at No. 1, 2, 3 and 5 singles to come back for the win.
Salisbury was first in the books with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 2, and Connor Glennon was closely behind with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles. Dartmouth took the win at No. 4 to tie the match at 2-all, but David O'Leary won his fifth straight singles match, this one at No. 3, 6-2, 7-6 to put Memphis up 3-2 in the match.
That put the match's fate in the hands of Tiger seniors David O'Hare and Cedric De Zutter. Both won their first sets and were playing in a second set tiebreak. O'Hare closed out his match at No. 5 with a 6-2, 7-6 victory, clinching the Tigers' win. Dartmouth won a super tiebreak at No. 6 to pick up their third point of the match for the final 4-3 score.
Memphis remains on the road, and will play at No. 24 Harvard (4-3), Sunday, at noon. Harvard will be the fourth top 25 team the Tigers have faced in the first seven matches of this year. The Tigers will play their first outdoors home match on Monday, March 3rd against Louisiana at 2 p.m.
No. 22 Memphis 4, No. 52 Dartmouth 3
No. 2 - Brandon DeBot/Dovydas Sakinas (Dartmouth) def. Connor Glennon/Cedric De Zutter (Memphis), 8-5
No. 3 - Johnny Grimal/Ian Chadwell (Memphis) def. Diego Pedraza/Christopher Kipouras (Dartmouth), 8-3
SINGLES (Order of Finish: 2, 1, 4, 3, 5, 6)
No. 2 -- #65 Joe Salisbury (Memphis) def. Christopher Kipouras (Dartmouth), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 - David O'Leary (Memphis) def. Brandon DeBot (Dartmouth), 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 - Cameron Ghorbani (Dartmouth) def. Johnny Grimal (Memphis), 6-4, 6-1
No. 5 - David O'Hare (Memphis) def. George Wall (Dartmouth), 6-2, 7-6
No. 6 - Brenden Tannenbaum (Dartmouth) def. Cedric De Zutter (Memphis), 5-7, 7-6, 10-7