Tiger Tennis Foursome Squaring Off in Virginia
Sept. 19, 2013
MEMPHIS -- -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team travels to Charlottesville, Virginia Friday to participate in the Virginia Ranked +1 tournament. The Tigers will be making a second straight appearance in the tournament, which includes ranked singles and doubles teams.
Three seniors lead the Tigers into the weekend, including the No. 18 ranked doubles team of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury. Junior Connor Glennon, the C-USA Player of the Year last year, enters the tournament as the No. 91 ranked singles player. He will also pair up with teammate Cedric De Zutter in doubles play. De Zutter comes into the tournament after a strong summer back home in Belgium, where he won a Futures doubles title and appeared in another Futures semifinal in doubles, netting 30 ATP doubles points that he will carry with him for one calendar year.
"We played in this tournament last year and it was probably one of the toughest tournaments of the season," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "It's going to be a good test for these guys as their first tournament. They're going to have to be ready right away."
The Tigers are coming off a solid performance at the Olympia Fields Invitational in Chicago. David O'Hare teamed with a different doubles partner for that tournament, going 3-0 in doubles with freshman Jarryd Woog, but will be reunited with Salisbury this weekend after that duo finished last season winning 12 of their last 13 singles matches, including nine straight wins to close out the season. They were named the Doubles Team of the Championship at the C-USA tournament and closed out their year with wins over the No. 3 and No. 43 ranked doubles tandems in the country in the Tigers' run to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Championships.
"For us to be able to get both this tournament and the Chicago tournament last weekend in before we go to the ITA All-American championships next weekend is great," Goebel said. "The ITA All-American is one of the few fall tournaments that every team from across the country goes to and is a true national championship. The wins that you can get there help build guys' national rankings heading into the spring, so it's good for us to get these first two tournaments in against such strong competition now."