No. 25 Men's Tennis Takes the Road to Face Middle Tennessee State
March 7, 2014
The University of Memphis men's tennis team (5-2) travels to Murfreesboro to face inner-state rival Middle Tennessee State (2-8), Sunday. The match will be held at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center at 11 a.m. (CT).
Middle Tennessee will play two matches at home this weekend with Jackson State on Friday and No. 25 Memphis on Sunday. Entering the weekend, the Blue Raiders came up short in a loss to then-No. 20 Columbia, 5-2. The Blue Raiders will face their seventh ranked opponent this spring when they host Memphis on Sunday. Middle Tennessee has wins over Chattanooga, 7-0, and Tennessee State, 7-0. The doubles team of Victor Cornea and David Fox have posted a 4-5 record. The duo has a win over South Carolina's No. 24 Koch/Cox, 6-5 (7-4).
The Blue Raiders have found success in various singles matches this spring season, starting with junior Ettore Zito. Zito has posted a 6-3 singles record, including a win over No. 103 Kyle Koch, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 (South Carolina). Fox has posted a 4-6 singles record with a win over No. 41 Mihov, 6-3 (7-4), 6-5 (South Carolina). Cornea (4-4) has also proven to be a difficult matchup, defeating Vanderbilt's No. 57 Rhys Johnson, 5-6 (2-7), 6-5 (7-2), 6-1.
No. 25 Memphis is coming off two wins over ranked opponents last weekend. The Tigers defeated then-No. 52 Dartmouth, 4-3, and then-No. 22 Harvard, 4-3. The senior doubles team of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury enter Monday's match as the No. 10 ranked doubles team in the country. The two have posted a 14-7 doubles record, including a win over then-No. 14 Nguyen/MacMaster, 8-7 (Harvard). Ian Chadwell and Johnny Grimal look to win their 10th straight doubles match. The duo took down Dartmouth's Pedraza/Kipouras, 8-3, last weekend.
No. 79 Salisbury, named last week's American Athletic Conference men's player of the week, is 15-8 during the spring season. Last weekend, Salisbury defeated Harvard's No. 103 Chaudhuri, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, to seal the win for the Tigers. He also posted a win over Kipouras, 6-1, 6-2 (Dartmouth), for a 2-0 weekend. No. 46 Connor Glennon also went 2-0 in singles matches during the Tigers two ranked wins. Glennon, 10-4, won over No. 41 Nguyen, 6-3, 6-4 (Harvard), and Sakinas, 6-3, 6-3 (Dartmouth).
The Tigers take a 10-day break then return to action for a cross country trip to Califorinia to participate in the San Diego Invitational hosted by San Diego and San Diego State. The tournament will be held Mar. 20-22.