Men's Tennis Falls 4-3 in Championship Match
April 20, 2014
MEMPHIS - -
It came down to one singles match, which unfortunately bounced the visiting team's way, in No. 21 University of Memphis' 4-3 loss to No. 26 USF, Sunday, in the championship match. The Tigers now await the NCAA Selection Show on Apr. 29th to see where the NCAA will place them in the regional round.
"Today was a great college tennis match," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "It was the top two seeds in the conference tournament going at it and battling hard on every court. We knew it would be tough, and it was. I give South Florida a lot of credit. They are well-coached and they came out fighting. It was tough because we just faced them a week ago on the same courts and to beat somebody, especially since it was so close the first time, to beat them two times in a row is tough and it was just a bit too much for us today."
Memphis jumped out to an early lead with wins at two and three doubles. The team of Ian Chadwell and Johnny Grimal got the first Tiger win of the afternoon, 8-1, at No. 3 doubles, and the No. 2 team of Cedric De Zutter and Connor Glennon added an 8-5 win that put the Tigers up early in the match.
But USF took a 3-1 lead in the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 1 from tournament most valuable player Roberto Cid, followed by wins at No. 6 and No. 3 to push their lead to two.
But the home team battled back. Chadwell, who lost in straight sets to the same opponent a week ago, came back from a 6-0 first set loss to win his second and third sets 6-2, 6-2. Shortly after that, David O'Leary closed out his match as his opponent had a line call overturned for a third time and was assessed a penalty, tying the match at three-all.
That put all eyes on the match at No. 2, where the two opponents had split 6-4 sets, with Joe Salisbury winning the first set, and Oliver Pramming winning the second one. Salisbury was up 4-3 in the third, but suffered a break. Pramming then served out the for the match and the championship title.
The loss drops Memphis to 14-5 on the season, while USF improves to 17-6.
#26 USF 4, #21 Memphis 3