No. 31 Memphis Loses a Close Match at No. 71 Alabama, 4-3
April 4, 2012
The doubles tandems of David Henry and Connor Glennon and Leon Nasemann and Johnny Grimal broke Alabama early to take 3-1 leads in their matches. Alabama's Michael Thompson and David Vieyra tied the match with Nasemann and Grimal at 5-5, but the Tigers' No 3. doubles team won three of the last four games to earn the 8-6 victory.
Henry and Glennon were able to go up a second break, 5-2, before Alabama's Vikram Reddy and Carlos Taborga won five-straight games. Memphis momentarily stopped the bleeding by winning their sixth game, but Reddy and Taborga held on for an 8-6- win at No. 2 doubles.
David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury fell behind by an early break in No. 1 doubles, but the duo broke back to put the match on serve. Down, 8-7, O'Hare and Salisbury were unable to hold serve and lost the match, 9-7.
After dropping the doubles point, Memphis quickly found itself down 2-0 when O'Hare fell to Doverspike, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1 singles.
Freshman Glennon, ranked 125th in the country, got the Tigers on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Reddy. At No. 2 singles, Johnny Grimal defeated Botha, 6-1, 7-5, evening the match at 2-all.
Alabama's Daniil Proskura took down Salisbury, 6-0, 7-5 and put the Crimson Tide one match away from the win.
However, No. 120 David O'Leary tied the match, 3-3, claiming No. 5 singles. O'Leary defeated Vieyra in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2, to maintain his unblemished, 18-0, record.
Dropping the first set, 6-3, put Nasemann in a hole to Thompson at No. 6 singles. The senior captain fell behind in the second set to force a tie-break, but dropped the tie break, 8-6.
Memphis will be back in action April 13-14 in Birmingham, Ala., for its final two matches of the season. The Tigers square off against No. 59 UAB on the 13th and No. 63 South Alabama on the 14th. Both matches will begin at noon.
#71 Alabama 4, #31 Memphis