Men's Tennis Ranked No. 21 in First National Rankings
Jan. 2, 2014
MEMPHIS - -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team will open the 2014 spring season as the number 21 ranked team in the country according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released Thursday. The Tigers finished last season as the No. 20 ranked team in the country after advancing to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Championship tournament. The top 20 ranking was the first in school history for the team.
The senior doubles team of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury will start their final collegiate spring seasons as the No. 3 ranked doubles team in the country, behind the doubles teams of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese from Tennessee and Gonzales Austin and Ryan Lipman of Vanderbilt. With O'Hare and Salisbury coming in at number three, that puts the top three doubles teams in the country all coming from the state of Tennessee. O'Hare and Salisbury capped their fall season in the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships after winning the doubles championship at the ITA Ohio Valley Championships in October. The duo was 10-4 in doubles in the fall and sported a 3-1 mark against ranked opponents during the fall, including an 8-4 win over the No. 1 ranked team of Libietis and Reese from Tennessee. The number three ranking is the highest ranking ever for a Tiger doubles team, surpassing the No. 8 ranking set by James Spence and Alex Jago in Jan. 10, 2006.
In the singles rankings, three Tigers are in the national rankings. Connor Glennon will start the spring with a No. 49 national ranking in singles play, while Salisbury will start his final college season as the No. 56 ranked player in the country. Senior Johnny Grimal rounds out the Tiger ranked entries in singles at No. 87. Glennon was 3-1 in the fall before suffering an injury that caused him to miss all but one tournament. Salisbury was 8-5 in singles play during the fall, while Grimal led the team with a 9-4 record during the fall.
The Tigers will open their spring season on Jan. 17th at the Georgia Tech Invitational, where they will face No. 3 Georgia, No. 11 Ole Miss and host Georgia Tech.