Men's Tennis Hits Sunday Looking for the Bounce Back
Sept. 21, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team worked through a difficult Saturday slate and will play for two consolation third place matches on Sunday after finishing third in the black doubles draw at the UVA Ranked +1 tournament, Saturday.
The top slated team of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury finally got on the court Saturday after receiving a first round bye in the doubles draw on Friday. Playing their first match of the year against a Wake Forest tandem that already had one victory under its belt ended up more than the Tigers needed, as the duo was upended 8-4 in the semifinals. They bounced back quickly though, defeated the Virginia team of Justin Shane and Luca Corinteli, 8-5, to leave their first tournament of the year with a 1-1 mark.
Saturday's draw in the silver doubles bracket was affected by withdrawals. The top-seeded VCU duo of Alexis Huegas and Nick Jones defaulted to the Memphis team of Connor Glennon and Cedric De Zutter, then Glennon and De Zutter ended up defaulting to the Louisville team of Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrogsri. Glennon also ended up defaulting his singles match on Saturday, where he had advanced to the semifinals and was due to play Virginia's Luca Corinteli.
Sunday will find two other Tigers looking to pick up a consolation draw third place singles victory. David O'Hare ended up facing No. 5 seeded Alex Petrone of Michigan, the No. 118 ranked player in the country, in the consolation semifinals, and fell 6-2, 6-2. He will face another seeded player in the Sunday third place consolation match, when No. 3 seeded Nikita Fomin from George Washington, also the No. 70 ranked player in the country, stands opposite the Tiger in a 10 a.m. match-up.
In the white singles consolation third place match, senior Joe Salisbury will look to bounce back from a 7-5, 7-5 loss to Kentucky's Ryiugi Hirooka with a 10 a.m. Sunday match against UNC Wilmington's Sam Williams.
Playing a round robin draw in the unranked draw, senior Cedric De Zutter will face Wake Forest's Sam Bloom, Sunday, at 11:30 a.m. after picking up a 6-1, 6-1 victory on Saturday.