No. 32 Men's Tennis Travels to Texas to Take on Top-10 Opponent
March 27, 2014
Memphis, Tenn. –
The University of Memphis men’s tennis team (9-3) travels to Waco, Texas to take on Baylor (14-4), Friday. The match will be held at the Hurd Tennis Center at 6 p.m. (CT).
Baylor is coming off a 3-0 weekend, including a shutout win over No. 35 Tulsa, 4-0. The Bears also had wins over SMU, 7-0, and Laredo Community College, 6-1. Baylor is a perfect 10-0 at home during the spring season, including 4-0 against ranked opponents. The Bears have five players in the ITA Men’s National Singles Rankings.
Sophomore, No. 7 Julian Lenz, leads the Bears carrying a 25-4 singles record into Friday’s match. Lenz is 11-4 versus ranked opponents, and has won his last six matches. Lenz’s best singles win came over No. 1 Clay Thompson, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 (UCLA) on Mar. 12th. The win over Thompson strung together four straight singles victories for Lenz over ranked opponents.
Baylor also has the No. 15 ranked singles player in the country in senior Patrick Pradella. Pradella, 14-8, is 7-7 against ranked opponents, and has won two straight singles matches. Pradella has battled tough opponents, as seven of his 22 singles matches have been played against top-10 opponents.
Other ranked singles players for Baylor are No. 27 Diego Galeano, 21-8 and No. 104 Tony Lupieri, 26-5.
No. 32 Memphis snapped a five-match winning streak at the San Diego Invitational, last weekend. The Tigers were able to finish the tournament with a 2-1 and a third place finish. Memphis recorded wins over host schools, San Diego 5-0, and No. 61 San Diego, 4-3. The Tigers lone setback came against No. 43 Drake, 4-3. Baylor will be the sixth ranked opponent Memphis will have faced in their last nine matches.
Junior Connor Glennon leads the Tigers as the No. 51 ranked singles player in the country. Glennon has posted a 13-5 record, and is 4-3 versus ranked opponents. Glennon was named the American Athletic Conference player of the week, released by the league office Tuesday. No. 118 Joe Salisbury finished the San Diego Invitational with a 2-1 singles record with wins over Hunter Nicholas, 6-3, 6-4 (San Diego State), and Uros Petronijevic, 7-5, 6-0 (San Diego).
Ian Chadwell and Johnny Grimal won two doubles matches during the San Diego Invitational to give them their 12th-straight win and improve to 12-0 on the season. Salisbury and David O’Hare have won four-straight doubles matches and are ranked No. 8 in the country. The duo has posted a 17-7 record and is 5-3 versus ranked opponents.
The Tigers remain on the road to face two more ranked opponents including conference foe No. 35 Louisville and non-conference opponent, No. 37 VCU. Memphis will battle Louisville on Feb. 4th at 1:30 p.m. (CT) and will take on VCU Feb. 5th at 12:30 p.m. (CT).