Men's Tennis Wins Two
April 7, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Forced indoors due to rain and having to play two matches on one day for the first time this season, the Memphis men's tennis team (12-9, 3-1 C-USA) responded with a pair of non-conference victories at the Racquet Club of Memphis, Thursday. Memphis defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 4-1, and Murray State, 6-0.
Seniors Alex Bucewicz, Marten Tamla and Mark Finnegan and junior James Spence picked up a pair of singles victories in the two matches, while senior Andrew Olswing and sophomore Garrison Pilant each added one singles victory in the match against Murray State to wrap the afternoon.
Against Southeastern Louisiana, Memphis opened with doubles victories at No. 1 and 2 doubles, while the No. 3 team fell 8-6. Up 1-0 in the match, the Tigers then got wins from Spence, Bucewicz and Tamla to decide the match, while Julian Lausao picked up a 7-6, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles over Alex Jago to get Southeastern's lone point of the match.
The Murray State match started with just singles play due to court availability, and the Tigers made short work of the Racers, winning all six matches in straight sets en route their 12th victory of the season. Garrison Pilant picked up his first dual singles win as a Tiger with a 6-4, 6-0 decision at No. 6, while senior Andrew Olswing swept Hunter Gardacit, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 to round out the shut out.
The Tigers next face No. 23 Middle Tennessee, Sunday, at noon, at the HPER Courts on the University of Memphis campus. Admission for that match is free.
No. 73 Memphis 4, Southeastern Louisiana 1
No. 1 - Scott Felsenthal/James Spence (UM) def. Julien Lousao/Olivier Nussbaum, 8-3
No. 2 - Alex Bucewicz/Marten Tamla (UM) def. Ilie Babineivic/Haris Huremovic, 8-4
No. 3 - Paul Birkett/Ondrej Krivka def. Alex Jago/Mark Finnegan (UM), 8-6
No. 1 - Spence (UM) def. Krivka, 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 - No. 101 Bucewicz (UM) def. Nussbaum, 6-3, 6-0
No. 3 - Tamla (UM) def. Huremovic, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1
No. 4 - Lousao def. Jago (UM), 7-6, 6-1
No. 5 - Finnegan (UM) vs. Babineivic, 5-7, 1-1, dnf
No. 6 - Felsenthal (UM) vs. Birkett, 7-6, dnf
No. 73 Memphis 6, Murray State 0