O'Hare and Salisbury Move to Consolation Draw
Nov. 7, 2013
FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. - -
Match point from O'Hare and Salisbury's first round win at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.
Senior men's tennis players David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury won their opening round match, but had their run in the main draw ended in a tiebreak in the Round of 16 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, Thursday.
The Tigers' team got off to a good start, winning their first match of the day, 8-6, over the Florida team of Elliott Orkin and Gordon Watson, a team that came into the tournament with a preseason No. 57 ranking.
But the Tigers' run ended at the hands of Liberty's Jorge Azuero and Shea Thomas. They won their way into the event by upending the No. 17 ranked team in the country, Virginia Tech's Andreas Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini in the ITA Atlantic Regional. Like Memphis, it was the school's first-ever doubles title at an ITA regional. Azuero and Thomas had a first-round bye to prep for the Tigers at the ITA National Indoors and took advantage of it, holding on for an 8-6 victory in the tiebreak at 7-7 to advance to Friday's quarterfinals.
With the loss, O'Hare and Salisbury's record is now 9-3 record on the doubles court in their last collegiate fall schedule. They will now play in an eight-team consolation doubles draw, beginning at 10 a.m. (ET), Friday. They will play Idaho's Jose Bendeck and Cristobal Ramos. Bendeck and Ramos lost a tough Round of 16 doubles match in a tiebreak, 8-7 (2) to the Florida State team of Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez.
Four Other Tigers Go Into Action Friday in Florida
Four other members of the Tigers roster will be in action Friday at the Dick Vitale Collegiate Clay Court Championships in Florida. Seniors Cedric De Zutter, Johnny Grimal and David O'Leary are joined by freshman Jarryd Woog at the clay court event that begins Friday morning at 9 a.m. (ET). The lineup will play one round of doubles, followed by a round of singles, then the winning doubles teams will play another round of doubles Friday night beginning at 7 p.m.
Friday First Round