Men's Tennis Virginia-Bound to Open Fall Slate
Sept. 20, 2012
Click here for the complete brackets for the weekend.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team will pack up their rackets for the first time this season to participate in the UVA Ranked+1 Invitational Friday through Sunday in Charlottesville. The fall tournament will provide Memphis with some high-level collegiate tennis to start their season as teams had to have nationally-ranked players in order to get entered into this tournament. The field will consist of 64 singles players, as each school can enter their nationally-ranked players plus one unranked player for each ranked entry. There are four 16-player singles draws and four eight-team doubles draws.
"This is a big tournament for us to be invited to," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "We were four or five years ago, but haven't had anyone in the preseason rankings in a while. You have to have some nationally-ranked players on your team in order to be invited. Those guys who have national rankings allow for our team to get into the field. There are lots of fall tournaments around, but you are trying to get into as strong a field as you can. The more ranked players you play, the more opportunities your guys have to play ranked players and that can improve your overall team ranking come January. Our goal is to get as many guys ranked as we can and to play the best competition that we can."
Fellow sophomore Connor Glennon will also be playing his first fall tournaments after coming to the Tigers in January. The 2012 C-USA Co-Freshman of the Year after posting a 17-5 mark in singles and a 13-6 mark in doubles, Glennon starts his second collegiate year as the No. 106 ranked player in the country.
The tournament will open Friday with two rounds of doubles and one round of singles. On the doubles side, the Tigers have a nationally-ranked tandem in Glennon and junior David O'Hare in the rankings at No. 37. Unlike his teammates, this is the third fall season for O'Hare, so he can guide the Tigers through the experience of the all-day tournaments that make up the fall schedule.
Teamwise, the field is a tough one. Host Virginia was the No. 2 team in the nation last year, while Ole Miss (No .14), Illinois (No. 15), North Carolina (No. 16) and Michigan (No. 21) were also in the year-end top 25. Other opponents in the field this year are George Washington, Louisville (No. 34), Middle Tennessee (No. 46), UNC Wilmington (No. 44), North Carolina State (No. 39), Penn State, Radford, VCU (No. 31), Virginia Tech (No. 45), Wake Forest (No. 69), and William & Mary along with the Tigers (No. 35).
Play begins at 9 a.m. each day and admission is free. After two rounds of doubles and a round of singles on Friday, the teams will play two rounds of doubles and two rounds of singles Saturday. Sunday's schedule featured the final round of singles.
After the Virginia tournament, the Tigers will venture west to the University of Tulsa to participate in the ITA All-American Championships, Sept. 29-Oct. 7. All six Tigers received bids into the draw at the ITA All-American. Sophomores David O'Leary (No. 82) and Connor Glennon (No. 106) each began the year nationally-ranked and will begin their singles runs in the qualifying draw on Oct. 1st, while teammates Johnny Grimal, Cedric DeZutter, David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury will begin in the prequalifying draw on Sept. 29th.