Two U of M Doubles Teams Ranked in Final ITA Poll
June 7, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Two University of Memphis doubles teams earned rankings in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association's player rankings of 2012. Senior David Henry and freshman Connor Glennon were ranked No. 76 and sophomores David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury checked in at No. 86.
Henry and Glennon became the seventh doubles pairing in the last decade to earn a ranking when the partners jumped into the poll at No. 88 on April 24. The duo reached a season-high No. 74 on April 30, and they have a victory over Ole Miss' Nik Sholtz and Jonas Lutjen, the 10th-ranked tandem in the country, on their resume.
O'Hare and Salisbury put a bookend on their season with rankings in both the preseason and final polls. The doubles pairing began the season ranked 47th, but lost a couple of tough matches early in the year to fall out of the polls. Playing at No. 1 doubles all year, O'Hare and Salisbury defeated No. 25 Baylor's Diego Galeano and Mate Zsiga, 8-6, in the first round of the NCAA Championships to re-enter the rankings.
No Tigers earned a ranking in the final singles poll despite three different netters entering the polls at various points throughout the season. O'Hare was ranked as high as No. 50, while Glennon was ranked in three polls and reached a personal-best No. 91. Freshman David O'Leary, who won 21-straight matches to begin the season, was also ranked in three polls and reached No. 108.
The Tigers were represented well in the Ohio Valley Region rankings, earning the fifth overall team ranking. O'Leary was the highest ranked singles player at No. 13 and Glennon checked in at No. 16. Both doubles teams in the national rankings, Henry and Glennon and O'Hare and Salisbury, were ranked sixth and ninth, respectively, in the season-ending regional poll.
Memphis finished the campaign with a 19-6 mark and earned the program's first berth into the NCAA Championships. The Tigers fell, 4-2, to 25th-ranked Baylor in the first round of the NCAAs, but still finished with a 7-6 record against ranked teams.
The accomplishments of the men's tennis team were rewarded with numerous post-season accolades. Johnny Grimal, Glennon and O'Leary earned All-Conference USA First Team Singles honors. After finishing the regular season ranked No. 74 in doubles, Glennon and Henry were named first team all-conference doubles. O'Hare and Salisbury were also named to the doubles first team. Glennon completed a trifecta of awards after being named the C-USA Co-Freshman of the Year with SMU's Arturs Kazijevs.
The Tigers' coaching staff was also recognized for their achievements. Head coach Paul Goebel was named the C-USA Coach of the Year and assistant coach Mark Finnegan was named the ITA Ohio Valley Region Assistant Coach of the Year.