Men's Tennis Closes out Regular Season With 4-0 Win
April 14, 2013
MEMPHIS - - The University of Memphis men's tennis team (11-7) had to battle wind and a tenacious South Alabama (10-13) men's tennis team in a 4-0 non-conference victory to close out the regular season, Sunday, at The Racquet Club of Memphis.
"I'm proud of the team for this win today," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "It would have been really easy with all this wind and with the lineup changes to not come out here and fight for this match, but the guys did a great job."
The Tigers were without junior Johnny Grimal, who was resting a sore ankle, and that meant Goebel had to juggle both his doubles and singles lineups. The Tigers flip-flopped the top two doubles teams from Friday's match, playing Connor Glennon and Cedric De Zutter at No. 1. The No. 59 ranked tandem of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury slid down to No. 2, where they picked up the first match of the day, 8-3. The new No. 3 tandem was Lukas Vrnak, a regular at the three spot in the last handful of matches, teamed with junior David O'Leary. The new duo took a couple of points to get rolling, but sealed the doubles point in the Tigers' favor with an 8-4 win.
The new lineup in singles meant moving O'Hare up from six to four singles, allowing O'Leary to remain at five and inserting De Zutter into the singles lineup for the first time since the non-conference match versus Southern Illinois back on Feb. 8th.
O'Leary was not hurt by playing doubles before his singles match. He jumped out to a quick 6-2 first set win, and was the first Tiger done in singles, with a 6-1 win in the second set at No. 2 to push the team score to 2-0.
Glennon also made quick work of his first set at No. 1, winning 6-1, then prevailed against Alex Bernard, 6-3, in the second set to push the team score to 3-0.
The match slowed down there. With Memphis up 3-0, the Tigers were down a set at No. 2, 4 and 6, while Vrnak was in a contentious match at No. 3. Vrnak was down 4-1 in the first set when a line call got him fired up and he ripped off five straight points to take the first set, 6-4. Those two opponents in that number three set then engaged in long baseline rallies, with Vrnak eventually prevailing, 6-3 in the second set to seal the match and mark an end to the Tigers' regular season schedule.
Memphis will now prepare to host the C-USA Men's Tennis Championship, beginning Thursday at MUS. The Racquet Club of Memphis will serve as the team's back-up location in case of rain. Memphis finished as the runners-up in the last year's C-USA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Seedings for the C-USA tournament will be announced after the updated ITA rankings are released on Tuesday.
No. 36 Memphis 4, South Alabama 0