Men's Tennis Upends No. 24 Cornell, 4-3
March 10, 2013
ITHACA, N.Y. - - The University of Memphis men's tennis team (5-4) picked up a win over its second-highest ranked opponent in school history with a 4-3 win at No. 23 Cornell (8-2), Sunday, at the Reis Tennis Center.
"That was a great way to end our road trip," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "It was a rough start to lose the doubles point on the road, but the guys did a great job to come back. We have a four hour drive back to the New York City to catch our flight home now, but that drive is going to be much nicer now."
The Tigers improve to 2-0 on the New York road trip, having downed St. John's University, 6-1, to start the trip on Friday. The win over the No. 23 ranked team in the country is the second-highest ranked opponent the Tigers have beaten in as many seasons. The Tigers went on the road to win at No. 13 Tennessee last season for a win over the highest-ranked opponent in school history.
Sunday, the Tigers opened the afternoon on the wrong end of the doubles decision. Cornell jumped out to the 1-0 lead on the strength of wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles, with the Tigers' team of David O'Leary and Johnny Grimal picking up an 8-3 win at No. 3.
But Connor Glennon started the Tiger comeback with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles to even the match at 1-1. Joe Salisbury was right behind at No. 2 singles, where he used a 6-2, 6-4 victory to put the Tigers ahead at 2-1. David O'Hare then pushed the Tigers toward match point with a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 6 singles to make the scoreboard read 3-1 in the Tigers' favor, but the home team wasn't done. Cornell, with their highest-ever ranking in Big Red school history, were carrying an eight-match winning streak into the non-conference clash with the Tigers, and battled back with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles to stave off the match point.
But as he did in the match against St. John's, freshman Lukas Vrnak sealed the Tigers' victory with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles.
The Tigers are off until participating in the San Diego Tournament, where they will play three matches in an eight-team field that includes ranked opponents like No. 36 San Diego State, No. 47 San Diego and No. 64 Oklahoma State. The field will also include Denver and UAB. The field for that tournament will be announced on Tuesday. The tournament will be played Mar. 21st, 22nd and 23rd.
No. 69 Memphis 4, No. 23 Cornell 3