Men's Tennis Hosts C-USA Foe UAB on Friday; South Alabama on Sunday
April 11, 2013
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's tennis team returns home this weekend after 11 straight road matches. The Tigers will first face their lone C-USA opponent of the regular season, UAB, Friday at 2 p.m. CT. The squad will then return to action on Sunday when they host South Alabama at 12 p.m. CT.
UAB currently sits at 14-9 on the season, with a road record of 3-5. The Blazers are coming off back-to-back wins over Denver and Troy and have won 12 of their last 15 matches this season. The all-time series record between the Tigers and Blazers is currently 12-10-1 in favor of UAB. Memphis has won the last two matches in the series, including a 4-0 win at UAB last season. Memphis head coach Paul Goebel has faced the Blazers five times in his career, posting a 2-3 record against.
The South Alabama Jaguars are 10-11 on the season and will face UAB on Saturday before facing Memphis on Sunday. The Jaguars have struggled in road matches this season, posting a record of 1-7 on the road. Memphis and South Alabama have faced each other seven times, with the Jaguars leading the all-time series 4-3. Memphis took the last meeting between the squads 5-2 at home on April 14, 2012. Goebel is 2-1 against South Alabama in his career.
Memphis jumped 10 spots in the latest ITA rankings to No. 36 after defeating Louisville and No. 23 VCU last weekend. The Tigers have faced eight straight ranked opponents coming into the match with UAB, who currently sits just outside the current rankings after being ranked No. 75 two weeks ago. The doubles team of Joe Salisbury and David O'Hare is currently ranked No. 59 for the Tigers, having posted a 2-1 record against nationally ranked doubles teams this season.
Admission to all University of Memphis tennis matches is free.