Men's Tennis Back in Action, Tuesday
Feb. 26, 2001
Memphis, Tenn. - - The University of Memphis men's tennis team (2-2, 0-0) returns to action after a 16-day layoff to face host Arkansas-Little Rock at 2 p.m., Tuesday. UALR is ranked No. 70 in the country in the latest team poll (Feb. 14th) and is 2-7 on the season.
The Tigers had a significant break in dual match play due to the Kroger/St. Jude being held in Memphis the past week at The Racquet Club, where the Tigers practice. The Tiger varsity tennis courts are not yet completed due to the cold and wet weather Memphis was having while the reconstruction and painting was scheduled.
Junior Richard Magney has been moved to the No. 1 spot in the line-up to allow sophomore Joe Schmulian more time to adjust to collegiate tennis. Schmulian is in his first year of college tennis, joining Memphis in September. Magney, last year's No. 1, is 2-2 in singles this year, including 1-0 records at No. 2 and No. 4. Magney is likely to face No. 72 Mariano Pettigrosso. Should the two No. 1's meet in Tuesday's match, it would mark the third consecutive nationally-ranked player Magney has faced this season. He faced Ole Miss' Kristofer Stahlberg (No. 38) and Jonas Piibor from Indiana State (No. 93) for his first two losses this season.
The Tuesday match will begin when the two teams square off for the doubles point. Memphis has two doubles teams with 2-2 records so far in the young season. At No. 1, Todd and Stapp are hoping to build on last year's success, after finishing 20-8 at No. 1 in 2000. At No. 3, Hu and LaHaie have taken advantage of having played numerous matches together and are currently 2-2 at No. 3 doubles.
The UALR match is the third in 10 consecutive road games for the Tigers. Memphis will next return home Mar. 23rd when they host Texas-Pan American, Austin Peay and Conference USA foe Marquette.