Men's Tennis Prepares to Face No. 27 Indiana State
Feb. 9, 2001
Memphis, Tenn. - - The University of Memphis men's tennis team (2-1) will continue its road swing against nationally-ranked opponents when it faces No. 27 Indiana State at Vanderbilt, Saturday. The two will compete on the neutral site at 6 p.m. after ISU competes against Vanderbilt at 1 p.m.
Indiana State has two players ranked in the top 100 in the country. Senior Jonas Piibor is like to be the opponent for whichever Tiger plays No. 1 singles, probably sophomore Joe Schmulian (1-2 at No. 1 singles). The Tiger who plays No. 2 will face junior Stefan Hirn, who is ranked No. 79 nationally.
Sophomore Ben Stapp (Sydney, Australia) is off to another fast start. Stapp is 3-0 in singles play after being the first Tiger to 10 singles wins last season. As a freshman, Stapp was a second-team All-Conference player who finished with a team-high 18 wins at No. 4 singles. So far this season, Stapp has played No. 2, 3 and 4 singles as well as No. 1 and 2 doubles.
The Tigers have eight nationally-ranked opponents on this year's schedule, all of them on the road.
Tiger Tennis Courts Begin to Shape Up
The University of Memphis tennis courts are beginning to take shape. The new windscreens were put in place during the week, and the new windscreen with the Tiger logo overlooks the varsity courts. One half of the varsity courts were sealed and both sets of courts are awaiting the blue paint and the return of the nets. Tentative plans for the Tiger courts and recreational facility include some landscaping changes and a gazebo next to sand volleyball courts. Cold weather pushed back the construction deadline but the courts are now on schedule to be completed in time for the Lady Tigers home opener, Feb. 23rd.