Tigers Doubles Team Heading for the Big Apple
Nov. 4, 2013
Complete doubles draw available HERE.
MEMPHIS - -
The University of Memphis men's tennis doubles team of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury is heading to New York to participate in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) National Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 7-10, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The event is considered the culmination of the fall college tennis season and features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men's and women's teams from around the country.
Entries who won either the singles or doubles event at one of the 12 Division I USTA/ITA Regional Championships held across the country in October received an automatic qualification in to the field. Additionally, winners from the USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl, the singles quarterfinalists from the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships, singles semifinalists from the Riviera/ITA Women's All-America Championships and consolation champions and doubles finalists from both All-American events receive an automatic bid into the field.
O'Hare and Salisbury qualified for the national level event by winning the doubles crown at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship. In that run, the duo defeated the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the country to pick up their second win over a top 10 ranked opponent of the fall. On the season, the senior tandem is 8-2 and has won five consecutive matches. Named the American Athletic Conference men's tennis players of the month for October, the Tigers have already been hard at work on the Memphis record book, putting together the deepest run in school history at the ITA All-American Championships, becoming the first Tigers in program history to upset a No. 1 ranked doubles team, winning the program's first ITA Regional championship and becoming the first doubles team to automatically qualify for the ITA Intercollegiate Championships.
"It's been a bit of a weird period because usually we're having to practice singles and doubles, so it's been nice just coming to practice and focusing on the doubles. We've been putting in a lot of work these last couple of weeks, so we should be really prepared when we go there next week," Salisbury said.
The Tigers will be well-versed in the level of competition they will see at the event. They have already played two of the top four seeded teams this fall. The Tennessee team of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese will be the tournament's top seed, and had won eight straight matches, including the ITA All-American crown, before falling to O'Hare and Salisbury in the semifinals at the Ohio Valley Regional Championships in Knoxville last month. The No. 2 seed in the doubles draw will be the Texas team of Soren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool. The No. 3 seeded team of Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA will also be familar to O'Hare and Salisbury, as that UCLA duo handed the Tigers' their last loss back in the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American. Giron and McDonald went on to the finals of that event, losing to Libietis and Reese. The No. 4 seeds in the draw are the doubles team of Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski of Illinois.
"I've been indoors every day just working on my doubles with coach, so it's really nice to just zone in on it and make it really important," O'Hare said.
This will be the second trip in as many years to New York for the Tigers. Memphis played a non-conference dual season match against St. John's last spring at the same historic facility, winning 6-1. Both O'Hare and Salisbury won their respective singles matches in that match and teamed together to win their match at No. 2 doubles.
"It's very exciting to go back to New York," Salisbury said. "I think it will be more exciting going back there for the national indoors. It's a more prestigious tournament and also it's great place to be and hopefully we'll have a bit of a chance to look around New York while we're there as well."
Columbia University will be hosting the 2013 event and will be providing live stats for the matches, which begin on Thursday. Live stats can be viewed here.
The USTA will be running a live game day blog during the event, which can be viewed online here.
Schedule of Events
Friday, November 8th - 9 a.m.
Saturday, November 9th - 9 a.m.
Sunday, November 10th - 10 a.m.