No. 18 Men's Tennis Opens Home Spring Slate
Jan. 30, 2014
By: Cecil Franklin
MEMPHIS - -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team is set to host its home opener for the 2014 spring season Friday, Jan. 31st, with a doubleheader against Chattanooga and Murray State. The Tigers will play the Mocs at 2 p.m. (CT) and the Racers at 7 p.m. (CT). Both matches will be held indoors at The Racquet Club of Memphis.
Men's Tennis jumped three spots to the No. 18 ranked team in the country according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released Wednesday. The ranking of No. 18 is the highest the team has ever been ranked in the ITA polls.
Memphis will be without senior David O'Hare, as he has been named to Ireland's Davis Cup team, and will be competing in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, in doubles play.
O'Hare, who is teamed with senior Joe Salisbury as the No. 3 ranked college doubles team in the country, has posted a 13-5 overall doubles record on the spring season. The Tigers will face Chattanooga in the opening match, who enters the weekend with a 1-1 overall record. The Mocs fell to No. 50 Middle Tennessee State (7-0) but bounced back with a 4-2 win over Tennessee Tech. Chattanooga lost seven seniors from their 2013 roster, which finished 12-9 overall, and is coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Murray State, the Tigers 7 p.m. (CT) opponent, has a 0-2 overall record. The Racers have faced two ranked opponents to start the spring season as they fell to No. 48 Louisville (7-0) and No. 6 Tennessee (7-0). Murray State returns one senior and adds four freshmen looking to improve from a 2-18 mark a year ago.
No. 18 Memphis opens its 2014 home slate at The Racquet Club of Memphis with a 1-1 overall record. The Tigers knocked off No. 18 South Carolina (4-2) but were unable to pull off the upset against No. 13 Mississippi State, as they fell 4-2 against the Bulldogs in the final match of the ITA Kickoff Classic in Starkville, Miss.
No. 49 ranked singles player, Connor Glennon, has posted a 6-3 singles record with wins over USC's No. 41 Tsvetan Mihov and Ole Miss' No. 104 William Kallberg. No. 56 ranked Joe Salisbury, enters the weekend with an 11-7 singles record with a win over No. 48 Ben Wagland of Georgia.
Senior David O'Leary will enter the weekend as the American Athletic Conference player of the week, announced Tuesday. O'Leary has a 3-2 singles record this spring, after winning two non-conference matches this past weekend. A win over South Carolina's Thiago Pinheiro gave O'Leary his 50th career singles win as a Memphis Tiger.
The University of Memphis men's tennis team returns to the court next for a Valentine's Day matchup against No. 21 Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. set for Friday, Feb. 14th at 2 p.m. (CT).