Men's Tennis to Face BYU in NCAA First Round
April 30, 2013
For the second straight year, the No. 32 ranked University of Memphis men's tennis team (14-7) sat and waited for their names to be called on the NCAA Men's Tennis Selection Show. Unlike last year, however, this time the Tigers knew they had punched their dance card into the 64-team tournament, via a win in the Conference USA Championship on April 21st. Memphis found out it will open its 2013 NCAA tournament run on Friday, May 10th against No. 39 BYU (21-6) at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center at Ole Miss. The winner of that match advances to the NCAA Second Round match, Saturday, May 11th, to face the winner of the Lehigh/Ole Miss match. Match times and ticket information for both rounds will be announced on Wednesday.
This will be just the second NCAA team appearance in school history. The Tigers faced Baylor in the first round of last year's NCAA championships in the regional at Mississippi State, falling 4-0 to Baylor.
This will be the program's first-ever meeting with BYU, a member of the West Coast Conference. The Cougars lost to top seeded Pepperdine in the championship finals of the WCC tournament, 4-3, and finished their regular season with a mark of 21-6.
Memphis and BYU have a pair of common opponents from this season - San Diego and South Alabama. BYU beat San Diego twice, 4-3, and lost to South Alabama, 4-1 at a neutral site tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas. Memphis defeated San Diego, 4-3, on the road, and defeated South Alabama, 4-0, at home in their final regular season match of the year.