Memphis Men's Tennis C-USA Championships Preview
April 16, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis men's tennis squad will open up play at the 2009 Conference USA Championships on Fri., April 17 at 11 a.m., at the UCF Tennis Complex with a face-off against the No. 1 seed Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Memphis comes into Friday's opening round match with a record of 13 wins and 10 losses, the program's best record under fifth-year head coach Paul Goebel. Tulsa, the nation's 32nd-ranked tennis program, comes into the C-USA Tournament trying to defend their 2008 crown. The Golden Hurricane finished the 2009 regular season with a mark of 18-9.
"We are excited about the challenge of playing Tulsa in the first round and we look forward to a good match," said Memphis head coach Paul Goebel.
Memphis continues to be led at the top of the line-up by 103rd-ranked singles player Jorge Vazquez, a native of La Coruna, Spain. Vazquez finished the 2009 regular season with a mark of 12-9. Vazquez has been a staple in the rankings this season beginning the season as the 102nd-best singles player and peaking at No. 51 this season. The No. 51 ranking is the second-highest of any Memphis men's tennis player in the history of the program.
Vazquez will potentially be in line for a match-up with the nation's No. 1 singles player, Arnau Brugues, a native of Barcelona, Spain. Brugues is 21-0 this season including wins over 11 ranked players this season. Last week, Brugues upended Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State, who was ranked No. 1 prior to Brugues victory. Brugues has also defeated No. 3 Robert Farrah of USC and No. 6 Michael Venus of LSU this season.
Memphis against Conference USA in 2009
The Tigers have only played one C-USA match this season and that was against Rice. The Owls, who were rated 24th at the time of the match, won the dual, 6-1. The U of M did have several positives to take from the match. Vazquez, at the time the nation's 102nd-best singles player, put himself on the map with a win over No. 26 Bruno Rosa to pick up the Tigers lone point in the match.
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