Men's Tennis Earns Four All-Conference Honors
May 1, 2014
The University of Memphis men's tennis team grabbed four post-season honors from the American Athletic Conference coaches it was announced Thursday. Senior Joe Salisbury was named all-conference in both singles and doubles for a second straight season. Junior Connor Glennon was named all-conference in singles for a second straight year, and senior David O'Hare was named all-conference in doubles, the lone unanimous selection on the doubles team announced Thursday afternoon following a vote of the league's coaches.
Salisbury is finishing his final semester as a Tiger. He is now a three-time all-conference award winner in doubles (twice in Conference USA) and is now a two-time winner in singles after earning second team all-conference singles honors last year. Salisbury holds the school's career doubles wins record with 97 doubles victories, and is ranked tied for second in career singles wins with 77. A two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, he was also named to the C-USA All-Academic Team last year.
He and doubles teammate David O'Hare, who rank No. 13 in the country in the latest ITA poll released Thursday, found out on Wednesday that they will become the first doubles team in school history to qualify for the NCAA Doubles Championship, held May 21-26th at the University of Georgia. Salisbury and O'Hare are now the first players in Memphis history to earn all-conference doubles honors for three seasons. The duo earned their first all-conference nods as sophomores and have had banner careers for the Tigers, including an ITA Ohio Valley doubles championship, deep runs in the ITA All-American Championships and the ITA Indoor Championships and a doubles wild card entry that saw them square off with the Bryan Brothers earlier this season. Both will graduate from Memphis next weekend. Salisbury will graduate from the University of Memphis next weekend with a degree in Economics, while O'Hare graduates with a degree in Health & Human Performance.
O'Hare also has another career all-conference singles nod to his name, earning second team honors in 2011. O'Hare sports 91 career doubles victories, including 37 in dual season play at No. 1 doubles, heading toward his college graduation. Also a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, O'Hare is a three-time conference academic honor roll award winner and has served as the team captain with the Tigers. Earlier this season, O'Hare flew to Belarus to represent his native Ireland in Davis Cup play in their first round tie match in Minsk.
Connor Glennon also makes some Tiger history with his first team honor, becoming the first men's tennis player in school history to earn two first-team all-conference honors. He becomes just the seventh player in men's tennis history to be named to two or more all-conference teams (Ben Stapp - 3 times; Lee Taylor Walker, Joe Schmulian, Michael Chamberlain, James Spence, Joe Salisbury - 2 times). Glennon, who is ranked No. 65 in the country in singles play in the rankings released earlier today, is currently listed as the sixth alternate for the NCAA Singles Championships being held at the University of Georgia the same dates as the doubles championship draw. Glennon, who is 16-8 in singles play for the year, is 10-5 at No. 1 singles for the Tigers this season, improving his career win total to 55 in three seasons.
The Tigers are one of just 64 college men's tennis teams in the country still competing. Memphis received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and is making a third-consecutive appearance in the tournament. The Tigers will face Drake University in the NCAA First Round at the University of Illinois on Friday, May 9th, at 1 p.m. (CT). Tickets are available at the gate at the University of Illinois for $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.