Men's Tennis Opens Conference Play on Road Friday
April 1, 2014
MEMPHIS - -
The No. 31 University of Memphis men's tennis team (9-4) will play its first American Athletic Conference regular season match, Friday, when the Tigers travel to Louisville (15-5) to face the No. 35 ranked Cardinals. The match will be played at approximately 3 p.m., or following the completion of a Cardinal women's match. Memphis will stay in Louisville for one extra day, and will face No. 45 VCU (12-9), Saturday, at approximately 2 p.m. (again following a Cardinal women's match). The two matches are exactly half of the number of regular season matches remaining for the Tigers this season. The team will wrap up their regular season slate April 11th and 13th when conference foes UCF and USF come to Memphis in preparation for the American Athletic Conference championships, which will be hosted at The Racquet Club of Memphis, Apr. 18-20th.
Senior Joe Salisbury comes in to the Louisville weekend needing one more singles victory for his 20th of the season. Sporting a 19-10 mark overall, including a 9-4 mark in dual season play, Salisbury hits the final months of his collegiate tennis career with a career mark of 77-53. Salisbury is also nine doubles wins shy of 100 for his Memphis career, sporting a mark of 91-34 heading in to this weekend's matches. He and teammate David O'Hare are 9-2 at No. 1 doubles in the spring and are the No. 8 ranked doubles team in the country. The duo could face another ranked doubles tandem this weekend, as VCU's team of Nick Jones and Alexis Heugas are No. 43 in the country.
O'Hare has won three of his last four singles matches, and is 4-3 in spring matches this season, including a 3-2 mark at No. 6 singles.
Fellow senior Johnny Grimal is just behind Salisbury in the quest for 20 wins this season, sporting a mark of 17-10 on the year. Grimal is 6-5 in dual season play and is 3-1 at No. 3 singles for the Tigers. Grimal and doubles teammate Ian Chadwell had a 12-match winning streak snapped at No. 6 Baylor last Friday, as a pair of net cords at match point swung the momentum to the host Bears, who used the lucky bounces to force a tiebreak, snapping the Tigers' winning streak. The senior duo will look to start a new streak on the road with a home stand looming on the schedule after this weekend's matches.
David O'Leary and Connor Glennon are both also in the double-digit wins category with 13 wins on the year. O'Leary is 13-11 on the season, including a 6-3 mark this spring, and is 3-3 at No. 3 singles and 3-0 at No. 4 for the Tigers. Glennon, 13-5 on the year, has been atop the Tigers' lineup for a majority of the matches this spring, and carries a 7-2 mark at No. 1 with him in to the weekend. Ranked No. 51 in the country in singles, Glennon also could see a ranked opponent this weekend, as VCU's Heugas is ranked No. 60 in the country in singles. Glennon has teamed with senior Cedric De Zutter at No. 2 doubles for the entire spring, and the tandem is 8-4. The duo had a five-match winning streak snapped at Baylor last week, falling 8-6 at No. 2, suffering their first doubles loss since Feb. 21st.