No. 21 ranked Men's Tennis Opens Spring Season at the MLK Invitational
Jan. 17, 2014
by: Cecil Franklin
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team will open the spring 2014 season as they travel to Atlanta, Ga., for the MLK Invitational that begins Saturday. The Tigers enter the event hosted by Georgia Tech this weekend as the No. 21 ranked team in the country according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released January 2nd.
The tournament features a number of ranked opponents, including players from No. 3 Georgia and No. 11 Ole Miss. Memphis will step on the court to begin the tournament, Saturday, at 9 a.m., then will play Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 9 a.m.
Georgia, the No. 3 team in the preseason polls, features ranked singles player Austin Smith (No. 12) and the No. 12 ranked doubles team of Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters. The Tigers will also face ranked opponents from Ole Miss. Ole Miss' top ranked singles player is No. 15 Nik Scholtz and the Rebels also bring the No. 51 ranked doubles team of William Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark to this weekend's tournament.
Of the four teams in the tournament, Georgia Tech is the only team having played matches thus far in the spring season. The Yellow Jackets enter the weekend with a 2-0 record with wins over Georgia Southern (6-1) and Stetson (4-0).
The Tigers enter the MLK Invitational with experience with five seniors on the roster. Seniors Joe Salisbury and David O'Hare will enter their final collegiate spring seasons as the No. 3 ranked doubles team in the country. Memphis also has three players listed in the ITA National Singles Rankings. Junior Connor Glennon tops the list for the Tigers coming in at No. 49. Glennon looks to have a strong start to the spring season coming off an injury which caused him to miss most of the 2013 fall season. Other Tigers in the singles rankings are No. 56 Joe Salisbury and No. 87 Johnny Grimal. Salisbury and Grimal went for a combined 17-9 record in singles play during the fall.This weekend's tournament will also be the first matches of the season for senior Ian Chadwell, who joined the Memphis roster at the semester break. Chadwell played two seasons at the University of Alabama before an injury cost him one year and then he graduated in May of 2013. He is currently enrolled in graduate school at the University of Memphis.
Memphis will continue the spring season January 25th at the ITA Kickoff Classic in Starkville, Miss., as they open play against No. 18 South Carolina, then face either No. 27 Harvard and host No. 14 Mississippi State in the second round.