Men's Tennis Falls Short of Upending No. 13 Ole Miss, 4-2
Feb. 27, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. - - The University of Memphis men's tennis team (3-4) went on the road and almost upset their first top 15 ranked opponent of the season, taking No. 13 Ole Miss all the way to three sets in the top three singles matches in a 4-2 loss, Wednesday.
The match was tightly contested from the start, with the Tigers striking first, as the team of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury defeated the No. 49 ranked doubles team in the country, 8-3, at No. 2. Memphis was up at No. 1 doubles, but the No. 5 ranked tandem of Nik Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen came back to edge the Tiger team of Connor Glennon and Cedric de Zutter, 9-7. The deciding point came down to the No. 3 doubles match, which was a battle down to the wire. Ole Miss jumped up early in the match, 1-0, on the strength of a 9-8 (4) win at No. 3 doubles.
Tiger David O'Leary quickly answered back though, winning his match at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-3, to knot the match at 1-all. Ole Miss then won a pair of sets in a tiebreak to go up 3-1. Johan Backstrom downed O'Hare for the Tigers, 6-2, 7-6 (2), and No. 106 ranked Stefan Lindmark swept Johnny Grimal at No. 4 singles, 7-6, 6-1.
Down 3-1 and with their backs to the wall, the Tigers answered back with freshman Lukas Vrnak's come back win at No. 3 singles. William Kallberg, the No. 55 ranked singles player in the country, won the first set at No. 3, 6-3, but the Tigers' freshman answered back with a pair of 6-2, 6-2 victories to claim his first collegiate win over a ranked opponent.
That put all eyes on the top two singles matches. Memphis' Joe Salisbury had jumped out to a quick 6-1 win in the first set of his match against the No. 5 ranked singles player in the country, Jonas Lutjen, but dropped his second set, 6-3. While that duo was splitting sets, the Tigers' Connor Glennon came back from a 6-2 first set loss to fight off match point and win the second set, 7-6 (8-6), to split the first two sets at No. 1 with No. 12 ranked Nike Scholtz.
But Lutjen closed out the match at No. 2 singles, 6-4, to seal the victory for Ole Miss, 4-2. With the match decided, the match at No. 1 did not finish, although Scholtz led 4-2.
The Tigers, who found out their Saturday match against Winthrop was cancelled due to expected cold weather in Memphis, will now prepare for a match at BIG EAST member St. John's, Friday, Mar. 8th.
No. 13 Ole Miss 4, No. 63 Memphis 2