Men's Tennis Blows Past UCF 4-1 In First-Round Conference Action
April 22, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - Memphis men's tennis conquered UCF in a 4-1 decision on Friday in the quarterfinals of conference play at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. With the win, Memphis (16-9) advances out of its opening round contest for the second consecutive year.
Fifth-seeded Memphis had a 1-0 lead over the fourth-seeded Knights following doubles action with victories on courts two and three.
Tigers' tandem Leon Nasemann and John Taylor struck first at No. 3 doubles downing Mitch Thams and Claudio Romano 8-4 and freshmen Joe Salisbury and David O'Hare locked up the first point with an 8-2 routing of UCF's Matthew Zachary and Eugene Dolgovykh at the second flight. Play for Jordan Smith and David Henry at the top flight halted with the point decided.
In singles action, Henry pushed the Tigers at a 2-0 advantage with matching 6-3 game scores in straight sets at the No. 5 slot over Thams and the Blue and Gray went up 3-0 after O'Hare knocked off Erik Brunskog 7-6, 6-2 on the first court.
UCF's Romano tacked on the Knights sole point at the No. 2 position where he defeated Salisbury 7-5, 6-4 to make the score 3-1. However, Nasemann was soundly on his way to a 6-2, 7-5 win on court three and would secure the 4-1 victory for the U of M before any other points could be tallied. The remaining singles matches did not finish.
The Tigers will be back on the courts for semi-final action at the Case Tennis Center at Noon (CT) on Saturday to face the winner of Friday's contest between top-seeded Tulsa vs. No. 8 seed East Carolina.
Memphis 4, UCF 1