Men's Tennis Earns First American Athletic Conference Win
April 4, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - -
Joe Salisbury's win at No. 2 singles sealed a road win at Louisville for the Tigers, Friday.
The No. 31 University of Memphis men's tennis team (10-4, 1-0 The American) picked up their first American Athletic Conference victory with a 4-2 road win at No. 35 Louisville (15-6), Friday.
Memphis got on the board first with wins at No. 1 and 3 doubles. Louisville claimed the first doubles match at No. 2, 8-6, but the No. 8 ranked Tiger team of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury knotted the battle for the doubles point at 1-all with an 8-3 win at No. 1. The team of Johnny Grimal and Ian Chadwell, who had a 12-match winning streak snapped in the loss at Baylor a week ago, started their next winning streak with an 8-6 victory at No. 3 to seal the doubles point in the Tigers' favor.
Louisville proceeded to tie the match at 1-all with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 6, but Ian Chadwell put the Tigers back up 2-1 in the match with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 5. Again, the host Cardinals tied the match, with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles, and again the Tigers had an answer, this time with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles from David O'Leary.
With the Tigers up 3-2 in the match, Joe Salisbury closed out the victory with a 7-6, 6-2 win at No. 2 to give Memphis its 10th win of the spring and his 20th win of the season.
The Tigers will stay in Louisville to play a neutral site match against No. 45 VCU, Saturday. That match will be played following the completion of the Cardinals' women's match at approximately 2 p.m. (ET).
Memphis returns home to close out the regular season with a pair of home matches next week, hosting UCF, Friday at Noon and USF, Sunday at noon. Both of those matches will be played at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Admission will be free.
The Tigers then host the American Athletic Conference men's tennis championships, Apr. 18-20th, also at The Racquet Club of Memphis.
#31 Memphis 4, #35 Louisville 2