Men's Tennis Has Three in Year-End Singles & Doubles Rankings
June 4, 2014
MEMPHIS - -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team finished the 2014 season with two individuals and one doubles team ranked in the year-end Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings released Wednesday.
Junior Connor Glennon spent the entire 2013-14 season in the national singles rankings, and finished his year with a No. 60 ranking. Glennon finished the season with an 11-6 mark at No. 1 singles for the Tigers and was 17-9 on the season after missing all but one tournament in the fall due to injury. Glennon capped this season with his third consecutive all-conference singles honor, becoming the first Memphis player in school history to earn three first-team all-conference honors.
Senior Joe Salisbury capped his Memphis career ranked No. 86 in the country in singles after leading Memphis with a 25-11 overall record. Salisbury, also a two-time all-conference singles honoree, won the final two matches of his college career in the Tigers' NCAA tournament run. In the second round match against No. 12 Illinois, Salisbury upended the Big 10 Player of the Year in straight sets for his 25th win of the season and for a 14-4 mark at No. 2 singles on the year.
Salisbury and senior David O'Hare finished their Memphis careers ranked No. 1 and 2 in career doubles victories (Salisbury with 97 and O'Hare with 91) and capped the season as the No. 16 ranked doubles tandem in the country. The duo was 22-9 in their final collegiate season, including a 10-3 mark at No. 1 in dual season matches. The twosome was a three-time all-conference pairing and is now back in Europe to begin their professional careers.
TIGERS TO OPEN SPRING IN ITA KICK-OFF WEEKEND FOR A THIRD STRAIGHT SEASON
For a third straight season, the University of Memphis men's tennis team has been invited to open its spring dual season in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Sixty of the top men's tennis teams around the nation are invited to the Kick-Off Weekend, which sends four teams to 15 different pods around the country to play two rounds of matches, mimicking the NCAA Regional/National Site set up. The team that wins both matches at each of the 15 sites advances to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, hosted Feb. 13-16th at the University of Illinois.
Picking fifth out of the 60 invited teams, the Tigers selected the Duke First/Second Round pod and will be the No. 2 seed in the four-team pod. The Tigers will face No. 3 seeded Clemson on the first day, while the host Blue Devils host Wake Forest.
Memphis has faced Clemson, who had the No. 6 choice in the draft held Wednesday morning, just one time before, defeating Clemson 6-3 in 1979, also at a neutral site. Memphis has never faced Duke or Wake Forest, the other two teams in the pod.
The Tigers capped the 2014 season in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)'s top 25 for a second straight season, finishing ranked No. 21 in the country. Memphis will have an almost-new roster when the ITA Kickoff Weekend rolls around, as Memphis graduated five players from the 2014 roster. The incoming four-player freshman class of Kai Lemke, Shakeel Manji, Ryan Peniston and Andrew Watson was ranked by TennisRecruiting.net as the No. 28 ranked signing class in the country. Not included in that ranking is junior college transfer Tim Srkala, who earlier this week, was named an ITA All-America honoree in both singles and doubles for finishing in the top five in the country in the final junior college rankings. Srkala ranked No. 5 in singles and No. 3 in doubles.