No. 33 Men's Tennis Opens Spring Slate at Alabama Friday
Jan. 10, 2013
MEMPHIS - - The University of Memphis men's tennis team will get an early jump on the spring season in a four-game tournament at the University of Alabama beginning on Friday. The Tigers, ranked No. 33 in the country in the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, will be one of four ranked programs competing in the tournament.
The Tigers, coming off their first team NCAA appearance last season, return to action starting against host Alabama, the No. 53 ranked team in the country, Friday at 9 a.m. The match, which only counts in individual players' records and not as a team dual result, will give head coach Paul Goebel a chance to start figuring out how he will set his singles and doubles lineups for the team's dual opener against No. 52 Michigan State on Jan. 18th. The Tigers return six players from last year's team, and their depth and the singles and doubles order will be something the Tigers' coaching staff will get to start to sort with three matches over three days this weekend. After the match against Alabama, the Tigers will face No. 63 Georgia State, Saturday, at 1 p.m.
Juniors Joe Salisbury (No. 64) and Johnny Grimal (No. 70) each start the spring in the national rankings, and are also two of four Tigers in the regional rankings. Salisbury is the No. 8 ranked player in the Ohio Valley Region, followed by teammates Connor Glennon (No. 10) and David O'Leary (No. 11). Both Glennon and O'Leary were ranked at the beginning of the fall season. Grimal is No. 14 in the Ohio Valley region. On the doubles side, the tandem of O'Leary and Salisbury are the no. 4 ranked tandem in the region, followed by the team of Glennon and David O'Hare, who are No. 9 in the region.
The regional rankings can be improved on at this first tournament, as Memphis will face East Tennessee State, a team from inside the Ohio Valley Region, Sunday at 9 a.m. ETSU is tied for 71st in the country and is looking for some wins to help move up in the national rankings.
Memphis will return for its spring dual opener against No. 52 Michigan State, Jan. 18th. That match time has been changed to 7 p.m. and will be played at The Racquet Club of Memphis.