Men's Tennis Wins First C-USA Championship
April 21, 2013
MEMPHIS - -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team (14-7) won its first Conference USA Championship with a 4-2 victory over No. 23 Tulsa (15-7), Sunday. The win gives the Tigers their first-ever C-USA crown and the league's automatic bid in to the NCAA Championships. The NCAA Men's Tennis Selection Show will air on Tuesday, April 30th at 5:00 p.m. The win is also Memphis' first-ever win over Tulsa in 12 tries. Tulsa came into the 2013 C-USA Championships having won six of the last seven C-USA crowns.
Memphis got off to an aggressive start in doubles, picking up 8-4 wins at No. 1 and 2 to jump up 1-0 after the doubles point.
Tulsa answered back with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles from No. 48 ranked Clifford Marsland to make it 1-1.
David O'Hare then made it 2-1 Memphis with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles, his second straight win in the C-USA Championships after he was up, but missed a chance to close out the win, in the first match against UAB.
Freshman Lukas Vrnak then pushed the Tigers to a 3-1 lead with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles, but again Tulsa answered, this time with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles from Carlos Bautista.
But junior Johnny Grimal, whose win at No. 4 helped clinch Memphis' semifinal win over Rice, had the game-winner again, battling back from 3-2 down in the third set after dropping his second set to win the third set in a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory that gave Memphis its first C-USA championship in school history. The victory is the third of the season for Memphis over a top 25 opponent. The Tigers also own earlier season wins over Cornell (then No. 23) and VCU (then No. 24), both on the road.
No. 35 Memphis 4, No. 23 Tulsa 2