Tigers Earn Runner-Up Finish in C-USA Men's Tennis Championships
April 23, 2012
The No. 3 doubles tandem of Leon Nasemann and Johnny Grimal struggled to find their rhythm and lost, 8-4, to Japie De Klerk and Alejandro Espejo. Trailing 8-7, David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury were unable to hold serve on court one to force the match against ninth-ranked Clifford Marsland and Ashley Watling into a tie-break. Tulsa claimed the doubles point with the win.
David Henry and doubles-partner Connor Glennon forced the No. 2 doubles match into a tie-break, but were unable to finish the match against Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson after the doubles point was won by the Golden Hurricane.
David O'Leary, who entered the match against Jackson with an undefeated record, quickly fell behind 5-0 in the first set on court five. Jackson went on to take the set, 6-2, before grabbing the second set, 6-4. O'Leary's 21-match winning streak was the longest unbeaten streak by a Tiger dating back 17 years.
Grimal, playing against No. 94 Marsland on court two, dropped the first set, 6-4. Grimal trailed 6-5 in the second and was unable to hold off Marsland to force the tie-break. Marsland took the set, 7-5, and gave Tulsa its third point in the match.
On court four, Glennon and Ive played a lengthy first set. Ive eventually defeated Glennon, 7-5, in the tie-break. Feeling the effects of losing the first set, Glennon quickly fell behind, 3-0, in the second. The freshman netter charged back to tie the set and force another tie-break. Glennon dropped the tie-break, 7-4, and Tulsa won the match, 4-0.
There were three matches still on court when Tulsa clinched the victory.
In the No. 1 singles match, O'Hare dropped the first five games in the first set to 103rd-ranked De Klerk. The sophomore netter fought back to win a pair of games, but lost the set, 6-2. O'Hare closed out the second set, 6-4, to even the match at a set apiece. In the third set, O'Hare came out on fire, jumping up 3-0 on De Klerk before the match was decided.
Salisbury broke No. 85 Watling in the early moments of the No. 3 singles match, but Watling charged back to take the first set, 6-3. Trailing 5-4 in the second set, Salisbury won the next two games to pull ahead, 6-5, when the match was called.
Nasemann claimed the first set against Espejo, 6-2, in the No. 6 singles match. Espejo evened the match in a back-and-forth second set, winning 7-3 in the tie-break.
Memphis, currently ranked No. 33, will await its fate in the NCAA Tournament. There are two rankings yet to be released by the ITA, April 24 and April 30, before the field for the NCAA Tournament is set.
#1 Tulsa 4, #2 Memphis 0