Men's and Women's Tennis Travel to Blue and Gray Invitational


Benedikt Fischer and Jorge Vazquez are the two seniors on the Memphis men's tennis team

Sept. 11, 2008

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis men's and women's tennis teams are set to kick off the 2008 fall season on Friday, Sept. 12, when they head to the Blue & Gray Invitational in Montgomery, Ala. The matches will be hosted at the Lagoon Park Tennis Complex and the Auburn University Montgomery Tennis Complex. This is the first time that the men's and women's team have played in the same tournament.

"We have been practicing hard and have set some high goals for ourselves," Men's Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "It is always nice to get back and start playing. It is nice to compete against somebody other than one their teammates."

The tournament field includes Division I opponents from Clemson, Troy, New Orleans, Samford and South Alabama, as well as Division II competition from West Florida, North Alabama, Auburn University Montgomery and Columbus State.

Men's doubles play will kick the tournament off on Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Lagoon Park Tennis Complex, followed by the first round of women's doubles and the second round of men's doubles competition. The doubles finals will be played at 2 p.m. for both men and women. The men will play at the AUM Tennis Complex and the women will play at Lagoon Park.

The women's singles draw will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday at 2 p.m. at Lagoon Park, while men's singles play is set to start at 2 p.m. at the AUM Tennis Complex. The final round of competition will commence at 9 a.m. at Lagoon Park.

The Memphis men's tennis team is coming off of a 7-11 record in 2008. Returning from last year's squad will be senior Benedikt Fischer, juniors Charlie Ramsay and Spencer Heflin and sophomores Michael Gaerthoeffner, Leon Nasemann and Jordan Smith. New to the team for the 2008-09 season will be junior college transfer Jorge Vazquez and freshmen David Henry and K.C. Grffin. Vazquez, a transfer from Tyler Junior College, has been practicing with the team for the last year, but has been unable to play due to NCAA rules. During Vazquez' time at Tyler, the Apaches finished No. 2 in the nation at the NJCAA Division I National Championships.



The Memphis women's tennis team enters the 2008-09 season after finishing 2007 with a mark of 9-13. Returning from last season's squad is Ashley Murdock, a Second Team All-C-USA selection in her first season as a Tiger after transferring from LSU. Murdock posted a 15-4 singles record during the 2008 spring season. Also returning is senior Kristin Chamberlain, juniors Amanda Brown, Marjorie Ondeck and Dara Toulch and sophomore Lindsey Wiseman. Joining the returnees will be newcomers Summer Irvin, a native of Queensland, Australia, and Robyn Jones, who is originally from Baton Rouge, La.
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