Men's Tennis Releases Fall Slate
Aug. 12, 2014
MEMPHIS - - After a third straight NCAA tournament berth and a third straight conference finals appearance, the University of Memphis men's tennis team will have a number of new faces for the 2014-15 season. Those Tiger newcomers and the returnees will have another strong slate to prepare them for the upcoming dual season as the Tigers' fall schedule was announced Tuesday.
The Tigers will split the squad in to two groups to compete in a pair of tournaments to start the fall season. For a second straight season, some of the Tigers will venture to Chicago to participate in the University of Illinois' fall tournament, the Olympia Fields Country Club Invitational, Sept. 19-21st. While half the team competes at that tournament, the other half of the squad will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to compete in the Purdue University Invitational those same dates.
Those two tournaments will prep the Tigers for the ITA All-America tournament. The ITA All-American is a three-stage tournament that draws the top collegiate players from around the country. The event begins with a pre-qualifying draw that starts with 256 collegiate players trying to receive one of 16 slots in the qualifying draw. The qualifying draw is a 128-player draw that feeds in to the 64-player main draw. The main draw features some of the top-ranked college players in the country.
Because rising senior Connor Glennon ended his junior campaign nationally-ranked and ranked No. 6 in the Ohio Valley Region singles, he should begin his run in the ITA All-America championships with at least a berth in the qualifying draw. There is also a 32-team main-draw doubles bracket at the ITA All-American.
The trip to Tulsa will be a sneak preview for the Tiger newcomers of the tournament site for the 2015 American Athletic Conference men's tennis conference tournament. Tulsa will host both the men's and women's conference championship tournaments in the spring of 2015. Tulsa is in its first year as a member of the American Athletic Conference after winning the Conference USA championship tournament last season.
Following the All-American will be the ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Oct. 17-20. The Ohio Valley Region is a strong one in college men's tennis, featuring four teams that ended last year in the top 21 in the country, including No. 12 Kentucky, No. 18 Tennessee, No. 20 Vanderbilt and No. 21 Memphis. Vanderbilt will be playing on its home courts as Nashville will be the host location for this year's ITA Regional.
Following the ITA Regional, the Tigers will continue to face strong regional competition, competing at the University of Louisville tournament, Oct. 24-26th.
The Tigers will close their fall seasons by possibly competing in one of three USTA Future tournaments. Tournaments in Birmingham, Ala., (Nov. 3), Pensacola, Fla., (Nov. 10) and Niceville, Fla. (Nov. 17) wrap up the men's tennis fall schedule.