Men's Tennis Plays Host to Rhodes and North Alabama This Weekend
Feb. 18, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis men's tennis team will play host to Rhodes and North Alabama this weekend. The Tigers will take on cross-town rival Rhodes on Fri., Feb. 19 at 3;30 p.m., at the Rhodes Tennis Courts in Memphis. The U of M will take on North Alabama on Sat., Feb. 20 at 12 p.m, at Wellworx. The Tigers come into this weekend's matches with a 1-4 record.
"We are excited to get in two home matches against two good opponents in Rhodes and North Alabama," said Memphis head coach Paul Goebel. "We are hoping to see improvement in our team as we move forward in our schedule."
The Tigers have been led this season by their play at their three doubles positions. Memphis has been led by the No. 2 duo of John Taylor and Leon Nasemann and the No. 3 pair of Spencer Heflin and Charlie Ramsay, both of which come into this weekend's matches with a 3-2 doubles record. At No. 1 doubles, Jordan Smith and David Henry enter the weekend with a 2-3 record, but have played close matches against solid opponents this season, including an 8-7 loss to the 15th-ranked pair from Oklahoma State. The U of M's doubles teams have led the Tigers to winning the doubles point in three-of-five matches this season.
In singles, four Tiger netters come into the match with two victories, including junior Michael Janz, a native of Lousanne, Switzerland and Nasemann, a junior from Wuppertahl, Germany. Ramsay, a senior from Chattanooga, Tenn., and Michael Gaerthoeffner, a junior from Rheine, Germany, have also picked up two wins this season. Nasemann and Ramsay have both spent time at the No. 1 position for the Tigers this season.
Rhodes College will open the 2010 spring dual season on Friday against the Tigers. The Lynx are currently ranked 13th in the Atlantic South region in NCAA Division III men's tennis. Coach Sarah Hatgas' squad finished the 2009 season with an 11-3 overall record. Memphis picked up a 7-0 victory over Rhodes College last season.
North Alabama enters Saturday's match with an 0-3 record after losses to UAB, Belmont and Lipscomb to open the season. The Lions are currently ranked 40th in the national rankings for NCAA Division II men's tennis.