Men's Tennis Knocks Off MTSU in Sun Belt Shootout
April 2, 2011
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - After bracket adjustments, Memphis men's tennis ended up playing tournament host Middle Tennessee State University in the opening match of the Sun Belt Shootout on Saturday morning. The Tigers (12-7, 3-3 C-USA) would go on to trump in-state rival MTSU 4-0.
However, the Tigers would overcome the defeat at the second and third flights to pick up the doubles point with an 8-4 downing from Joe Salisbury and David O'Hare over Elliot Barnwell and Kyle Wishingfrom and a tight 8-6 victory from Leon Nasemann and John Taylor over Dimitri Pippos and Matthew Langley.
In singles, freshman netter Johnny Grimal set the tone early at No. 4 with his 6-1, 6-2 upending of Barnwell, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead over the Blue Raiders. Memphis would go up 3-0 with a straight-set 6-2, 6-3 win from Nasemann at No. 3 over Langley.
Freshman Cedric de Zutter would clinch the win for the Tigers at No. 6 with his 6-1, 6-4 downing of Wishing.
The other singles matches went unfinished.
The U of M is back on the court for match two of tournament play this afternoon against No. 66 DePaul at 3 p.m.
Memphis 4, Middle Tennessee 0