Semifinal-Win Over Rice Puts Memphis in C-USA Championship Finals
Go Tigers! O'Leary ran his unbeaten streak to 21-consecutive matches with a victory in the C-USA semifinals.
Go Tigers!
O'Leary ran his unbeaten streak to 21-consecutive matches with a victory in the C-USA semifinals.
Go Tigers!

April 22, 2012

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Joe Salisbury claimed the decisive point in Memphis' 2012 Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship semifinal match with Rice, helping the Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Owls. The win for the U of M avenges a 2-5 loss at Rice earlier this season.

Freshman and 114th-ranked-singles-player David O'Leary jumped on Rice's Peter Frank, 6-1, in the first set. O'Leary's momentum continued into a 6-0 second-set victory to give Memphis its first point of the day. The win gave the Coventry, England, native his 21st-straight win to remain undefeated this season.

Fellow freshman Connor Glennon took the first set, 6-3, against Jonathan Chang and went on to win the second set, 6-1. Glennon's win gave Memphis its second point of the match.

Captain Leon Nasemann grabbed the opening set, 6-4. Philipp Seifert fought back to force the second set into a tie-break, but Nasemann claimed the tie-break (10-8) and put Memphis ahead, 3-0, with three matches still on court.

Rice notched their only point on the scoreboard with a win at No. 1 singles. David O'Hare forced Sam Garforth-Bles to a first set tie-break, before falling, 7-5. Garforth-Bles picked up the point with a 7-5 win in the second set, but Memphis led the match, 3-1.

Salisbury won the first set, 6-4, over Michael Nuesslein. Nuesslein jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the second set, but Salisbury fought to force a tie-break. The native of London, England finished the match by claiming the tie-break, 7-5.

Johnny Grimal found himself trailing, 5-4, in the first set to Christian Saravia, but rebounded to win the final three games to take the first set, 7-5. Grimal trailed 6-5 in the second set, which was unfinished after Memphis clinched the victory.

The U of M improved to 19-4 on the season and awaits Tulsa in the Monday-morning championship match. Match time is slated for 10 a.m. (ET).

#2 Memphis 4, #3 Rice 1

1. Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) def. David O'Hare (MEM) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
2. Johnny Grimal (MEM) vs. Christian Saravia (RICE) 7-5, 5-6, unfinished
3. Joe Salisbury (MEM) def. Michael Nuesslein (RICE) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Connor Glennon (MEM) def. Jonathan Chang (RICE) 6-3, 6-1
5. #114 David O'Leary (MEM) def. Peter Frank (RICE) 6-1, 6-0
6. Leon Nasemann (MEM) def. Philipp Seifert (RICE) 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)

1. O'Hare/Salisbury (MEM) vs. To/Saravia (RICE) no result
2. Henry/Glennon (MEM) vs. Nuesslein/Chang (RICE) no result
3. Nasemann/Grimal (MEM) vs. Garforth-Bles/Berger (RICE) no result

Match Notes
Memphis 19-4; National Ranking #33
Rice 18-9; National Ranking #47
Order of Finish: Doubles (); Singles (5,4,6,1,3)
2012 Conference USA Championship Semifinals



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