No. 22 Men's Tennis Gets 4-3 Road Win at No. 25 Harvard
Feb. 23, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - -
With the match tied at 3-3 and after splitting the first two sets of his singles match, senior Joe Salisbury won the third set of his number two singles contest, 6-0, to give the Memphis men's tennis team (5-2) their second road win of the week, as the Tigers downed No. 25 Harvard, 4-3.
Memphis jumped out to a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. The Tigers and the Crimson split the matches at two and three doubles, and for the third time in as many matches, the fate of the doubles point hinged on the match at number one, where a pair top 15 teams were squaring off. And again, for a third straight match, the match at number one went to a tiebreak. But after falling in a tiebreak in their last two matches, the Tigers' duo of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury pushed through for the win this time, 8-7, clinching the doubles point.
The Tigers took that momentum over to the singles courts. Connor Glennon picked up a straight set win at number one, 6-3, 6-4 over No. 41 ranked Denis Nguyen and Ian Chadwell made it 3-0 Memphis with a 7-6, 6-1 victory at number four.
But the home Crimson came storming back, picking up wins at three, five and six singles to knot the match at 3-all.
That set up Salisbury's match at number two as the deciding point in the matchup between the two top 25 ranked teams in their first-ever meeting. Salisbury won the first set, 6-4, and Shaun Chadurria answered back with a 6-4 win of his own in the second set, setting up a deciding third set for the whole match. Salisbury was not broke in the deciding third set, using a 6-0 decision to close out the Memphis victory.
"I couldn't be more proud of the guys," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "We overcame some adversity and kept competing the entire match. We showed a lot of toughness and fought hard at every position. It was a good way to end our indoor season."
Memphis returns home and will have a week to prepare for the move to the outdoor courts for their next match. The Tigers will host Louisiana, Monday, March 3rd at 2 p.m.
No. 22 Memphis 4, No. 25 Harvard 3