Men's Tennis Releases Schedule Full of Ranked Opponents
Oct. 31, 2013
MEMPHIS - -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team is coming in to the 2014 spring season off a Round of 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament last season. If the Tigers hope to make a repeat appearance at the national championships, hosted this year at the University of Georgia, they will have to make it through a difficult schedule that includes six top 20-ranked opponents and 17 ranked opponents, most of them coming in road matches.
The Tigers will open their spring season at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, where they will face Georgia (No. 3), Ole Miss (No. 10) and host Georgia Tech in a hidden dual format (matches count for players' results, but not as a team result), Jan. 17-20th. That tournament will be followed by a second straight appearance in the ITA Kickoff Classic, Jan. 25-26th. Memphis will play in the Mississippi State regional with an eye on winning out of the regional and qualifying for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships (a format similar to winning out of the NCAA regional round to qualify for the national tournament site). The Tigers will face South Carolina in the first round, a team that finished two spots above the Tigers in the year-end polls last year at No. 18. The winner of that round will play the winner of the Harvard (No. 28)/Mississippi State (No. 11) match to determine which team exits the pod for the ITA National Indoor Championships, hosted this year by the Texas A&M University.
After the tournament play, Memphis enters some dual format scheduling, hosting two matches at home (Chattanooga, Murray State) before going on the road to play at Vanderbilt (No. 15), Dartmouth, and Harvard (No. 28) before hosting the University of Louisiana on Mar. 3rd. That one home match will be followed by a road match at Middle Tennessee (No. 48) before the Tigers wing west to California to participate in the San Diego Invitational. In that tournament, Memphis could face any number of ranked teams from last year, including Harvard, Drake (No. 27), Denver (No. 58), Purdue (No. 70) along with hosts San Diego (No. 40) and San Diego State (No. 49).
Memphis will close out its road schedule with three straight road games against ranked opponents, returning to Texas to face Baylor (No. 12) and then traveling to Louisville to face the host Cardinals (No. 47) and VCU (No. 30). The Tigers will close out the regular season with a pair of American Athletic Conference home matches, UCF on Apr. 11th and USF on Apr. 13th. The Tigers then compete in the American Athletic Conference tournament, which will be hosted in Memphis at The Racquet Club of Memphis, Apr. 18-20th.
The Tigers still have two tournaments remaining on their fall schedule. The doubles team of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury qualified for the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Nov. 7-10th. The duo won their way to the event by capturing the ITA Ohio Valley Regional doubles championship, upending the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the country in the semifinals before picking up the tournament title.
The remainder of the Tigers will venture to Florida to participate in the Dick Vitale Invitational, a clay court tournament in Sarasota that features some of the top teams from around the country. The Memphis women's team won the event two years ago and will join the men's team in the tournament field this year to wrap up the fall slate.