Men's Tennis Upends No. 38 San Diego, 4-3
March 21, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - - David O'Leary bounced back from a second set loss to win his third set at No. 6 singles, 6-4, to secure a 4-3 upset over No. 38 San Diego for the University of Memphis men's tennis team (6-4), ranked No. 44 in the country, Thursday afternoon. With the win, Memphis will advance to face No. 20 Drake, Friday, in the semifinals of the San Diego Tournament, at 10 a.m. (PT).
Memphis started off on the wrong end of things to start doubles play, with the Tigers tandem of Connor Glennon and Cedric de Zutter losing their match at No. 1, 8-5. But their teammates answered back with an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles from David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury and O'Leary teamed with Johnny Grimal to seal the doubles point in the Tigers' favor with an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles.
San Diego matched the Memphis 1-0 score and then took the lead at 2-1 with wins at No. 5 and 3 singles in straight sets. But Glennon got the Tigers back to even at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles, but again, San Diego went in front with a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 2 singles.
That put all eyes on the No. 4 and 6 singles matches. Memphis' Grimal won the first set at No. 4 in a 7-6 decision, then closed out the straight set win with a 6-3 second set victory. Meanwhile, David O'Leary had won his first set at No. 6, 6-2, but then dropped the second, 6-1. He took a 4-2 lead at No. 6 and battled it out to close out the four and a half hour match with a 6-4 third set win.
The win advances Memphis on the championship side of the draw, and the Tigers will have to recover from their marathon length match quickly, as they face No. 20 Drake, at 10 a.m., Friday.
No. 44 Memphis 4, No. 38 San Diego, 3
No. 1 - Connor Glennon (UM) def. Thibaut Visy (SD), 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 - Romain Kalaydijan (SD) def. No. 105 Joe Salisbury (UM), 6-4, 7-5
No. 3 - No. 94 Clarke Spinosa (SD) def. No. 111 Lukas Vrnak (UM), 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 - Johnny Grimal (UM) def. Uros Petronijevoc (SD), 7-6, 6-3
No. 5 Victor Pugliese (SD) def. - David O'Hare (UM), 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 - David O'Leary (UM) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (SD), 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
No. 1 - Clarke Spinosa/Thibaut Visy (SD) def. Connor Glennon/Cedric De Zutter (UM), 8-5
No. 2 - David O'Hare/Joe Salisbury (UM) def. Uros Petronijevoc/Romain Kalaydijan (SD), 8-4
No. 3 - David O'Leary/Johnny Grimal (UM) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Victor Pugliese (SD), 8-6