O'Hare and Salisbury Included in NCAA Doubles Tournament Draw
April 30, 2014
MEMPHIS - -
Senior men's tennis players David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury are one of 32 men's tennis doubles teams to qualify for the NCAA Doubles Championship that will be held at the University of Georgia, May 21-26th. In addition to the doubles teams' entry in to the draw, junior Connor Glennon has been listed as the sixth alternate for the 64-player singles draw, which will be held the same dates, also at the University of Georgia.
O'Hare and Salisbury qualifying for the doubles draw is rare history for the Tigers' program. Memphis has had four individuals qualify for the singles draw in the past, but there is no Tigers' entry in the doubles history book. Former Tiger player and coach Phil Chamberlain was a four-time NCAA singles draw participant (1973-1976), Keith West qualified for three NCAA singles draws (1974-76) and Davis Moser (1973) and Jim Kellenberger (1974) were each one-time invitees to the NCAA singles draw.
As the top-rated doubles team in the American Athletic Conference, O'Hare and Salisbury received the league's automatic bid. Each league with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 has an automatic bid in to the draw. This year, 14 leagues had doubles teams eligible for the automatic bids, leaving 18 at-large selections.
;Hare and Salisbury have been ranked in the top 8 most of the spring, and are currently ranked No. 12 in the ITA poll released last Tuesday. The Tiger tandem is the lone American Athletic Conference entry in the 32-team tournament field.
The duo has already faced two of the top four seeds in the doubles draw, beating the No. 2 seeded team of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee in the semifinals of the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals in the fall and falling in a tiebreak on the road at Vanderbilt, 8-7, to the No. 3 seeded team of Gonzales Austin and Ryan Lipman. USC's team of Ray Sarmiento and Yannick Hanfmann are the doubles tournaments top seed and the Ohio State team of Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka round out the top four seeds.
Doubles Seeds 1-4:
Tuesday, the Tigers qualified the entire squad for the team championship, which begins May 9th. Memphis, which is now going to its third straight NCAA tournament, will face Drake in the NCAA First Round. That match will be played in the regional held at the University of Illinois. Memphis will face Drake Friday, May 9th, at 1 p.m., followed by host Illinois against Ball State. The winners of those two matches will face off in the Second Round, with the winning team qualifying for the NCAA Round of 16, hosted May 16-20 at the University of Georgia.