No. 32 Men's Tennis California-Bound for San Diego Invitational
March 19, 2014
Memphis, Tenn. -
The University of Memphis men’s tennis team (6-2) travels to California to participate in the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic hosted by San Diego and San Diego State, Mar. 20-22.
The No. 32 Tigers will play San Diego State (7-6) in their first match, Thursday. The match is scheduled for 3 p.m. (CT) at the Barnes Tennis Center. The winner will take on either No. 56 Princeton or No. 43 Drake. Saturday’s match will be held at San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club, with first serve scheduled for 3 p.m. (CT).
No. 28 Harvard, No. 40 Purdue, No. 61 San Diego, and No. 73 Denver are the other teams competing in this week’s tournament.
San Diego State enters Thursday’s match coming off a 1-1 weekend at home. The Aztecs dropped a match against then-No. 10 Duke, 7-0, but were able to knock off Penn, 5-2. San Diego State has one win over a ranked opponent, coming earlier this spring. The Aztecs defeated then-No. 22 BYU, 6-1, Feb. 15th.
The Aztecs are led by junior Thorsten Bertsch, who has posted a 12-9 singles record. Bertsch’s last win over a ranked opponent came Feb. 22, against then-No. 95 Verbeek, 6-3, 7-5 (Pacific). Lately, San Diego State’s doubles team of Andranik Khachatryan and Hunter Nicholas (1-1) has been playing at the No. 1 spot for the Aztecs. The doubles team of Freddy Gelbrich and Hendrik Jebens has posted a 7-3 record at No.2 and has won their last six matches.
Memphis defeated San Diego State last year at the San Diego Invitational in the third place match, 4-1. The Tigers are coming off a road win against Middle Tennessee State, 6-1, on Mar. 9th. No. 49 Connor Glennon is 10-4 in singles matches this spring and 3-3 versus ranked opponents. Joe Salisbury, the No. 94 ranked singles player in the country, has posted a 15-8 record. Both Glennon and Salisbury have won their last two singles matches.
Salisbury also joins senior David O’Hare as the No. 9 ranked doubles team. The duo has posted a 14-7 record, going 5-3 versus ranked opponents. Ian Chadwell and Johnny Grimal seem to have the hot hand for the Tigers as of recent play. The two carry a 9-0 doubles record at No. 2 into this week’s tournament.
Memphis stays on the road after a third match in San Diego with a trip to Waco, Texas to play No. 5 Baylor, Mar. 28th. The match is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) at the Hurd Tennis Center.