No. 18 Men's Tennis Travels to Face No. 20 Vanderbilt
Feb. 13, 2014
By: Cecil Franklin
MEMPHIS – The No. 18 University of Memphis men’s tennis team (3-1) is set to face No. 20 Vanderbilt (6-1) in Nashville, Friday, Feb. 14. The match will be held at the Curry Tennis Center at 2 p.m. (CT).
Vanderbilt is coming off a home doubleheader sweep with wins over No. 56 Middle Tennessee, 6-1, and Lipscomb, 6-1. The Commodores’ lone loss on the spring season came against then-No. 10 Texas, 4-0, in the ITA Kickoff Weekend opening match.
Vanderbilt enters Friday’s match with the No. 6 ranked doubles team in the country of Gonzales Austin and Ryan Lipman according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released Tuesday. Austin and Lipman carry a 4-1 doubles record, including wins over No. 22 Fox/Cornea, 6-4 (MTSU) and No. 60 Simpson/Arias, 6-4 (LSU).
Austin is also the No. 10 ranked singles player in the country, posting an unblemished 4-0 record. Austin knocked off then-No. 72 ranked Chris Simpson of LSU, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3, in the ITA Kickoff Weekend consolation final. Rhys Johnson, singles ranked No. 82, has battled a tough slate during the spring season, recording a 3-3 record for the Commodores. Two of Johnson’s three losses have come against ranked opponents.
Memphis is also coming off a home doubleheader sweep with shutout wins over Chattanooga, 7-0 and Murray State, 7-0. Senior David O’Hare will return to the Tigers roster this weekend as he was competing overseas for Ireland’s Davis Cup Team in those last dual matches. O’Hare will return to join Joe Salisbury as the No. 8 ranked doubles team in the country. The duo dropped five spots in the ITA doubles rankings after a loss to No. 12 Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters of Georgia in the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
Memphis has won the doubles point in 14 consecutive matches dating back to last season. The Tigers last dropped the doubles point against then-No. 36 TCU on March 30, 2013. The senior doubles team of Ian Chadwell and Johnny Grimal look to add to their success as they have gone 7-0 in doubles matches this spring.
Connor Glennon, No. 56, and Joe Salisbury, No. 65, both dropped in the ITA singles poll released Tuesday. Glennon has posted an 8-3 singles record, going 2-3 against ranked opponents, winning his last two singles matches. Salisbury has also won his last two singles matches, posting a 13-7 singles record. Both Glennon and Salisbury won first round qualifying matches at the U.S. National Indoor Championships earlier this week.
The Tigers return to the court next weekend to face No. 63 Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. The match will take place at the Alexis Boss Tennis Center and Alan Gordon Pavilion Friday, 14 at 5 p.m. (CT).