Glennon and O'Hare Claim Consolation Doubles Crown
Sept. 22, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - - Saturday was the day of tiebreaks and super tiebreaks for the University of Memphis men's tennis team. While the doubles team of David O'Hare and Connor Glennon picked up an 8-3 victory over the Virginia duo of R. Shane and Cornish in the Black Doubles consolation draw to win the backdraw, the other Tiger entries on the day battled through long sets in singles and doubles play.
Teammates Cedric de Zutter and Johnny Grimal were also playing for a backdraw championship and battled all the way to a tiebreak, falling 9-8 (5) to the North Carolina duo of Hess-Olesen and Vick. The Tigers tandem of Joe Salisbury and David O'Leary had a little quicker road to a win in the third place match, defeating the Louisville team of Wagner and Lippens, 8-4.
The tiebreakers started in the Gold Singles match, where David O'Leary won the first set of his matchup with Virginia's Harrison Richmond, 7-6 (6), but then dropped the second set 6-3 before battling, but dropped the third set, 7-5. O'Leary moved into the consolation draw and a chance to play in the fifth place match, but North Carolina State's Thomas Weigel grabbed another 7-5 set win, adding a 6-1 victory in the second set to move O'Leary into the seventh place match at 9 a.m., Sunday, where he will face Virginia's Mitchell Polnet.
Connor Glennon suffered a loss in the White Singles bracket, winning the first set 6-3, then fell 6-3, 7-6 in the next two sets. Saturday night results show Glennon defaulting his match in the fifth place bracket due to injury, but have him prevailing in the seventh place match because of an injury to his scheduled opponent, Illinois' Jared Hiltzik. In that same bracket, teammate Cedric de Zutter won his first match of the day, defeating Louisville's Michael Lippens, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, then falling, 7-5, 6-3, to George Washington's Nikita Zelenkov. He will now play for the third place consolation crown against North Carolina's Andrew Gores, Sunday at 9 a.m.
In the Blue Singles bracket, David O'Hare came back from a 6-4 first set loss to claim a tiebreaking win for Memphis, 7-6, in the second set. Unfortunately, Virginia Tech's Amerigo Contini came back to win the third set, 6-1, to move O'Hare into the 13th place bracket. O'Hare received a default in his first match of that bracket, and Sunday will face Louisville's Luiz Elizondo at 9 a.m.
Joe Salisbury won his first match of the singles draw and earned a match against the No. 2 ranked player in the country, host Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins. Salisbury tangled with the top 10 ranked player, but dropped his Saturday match 6-4, 6-4. But he quickly bounced back from the match and upended VCU's Alejandro Argente, 6-2, 7-6 (5). He will now play for fifth place in the Orange Singles draw against Wake Forest's Amogh Prabhakar, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Prabhakar will be looking across the net at another Memphis opponent, after defeating Johnny Grimal, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the fifth place bracket. Grimal had dropped into that bracket after falling to No. 89 ranked Francisco Dias of George Washington, 6-2, 6-4. Grimal will square off Sunday in the seventh place bracket against Alejandro Argente, the player Salisbury defeated on Saturday.