Men’s Tennis To Face Pepperdine In NCAA Round Of 16

Men’s Tennis To Face Pepperdine In NCAA Round Of 16

Match will be played Thursday .
-University of Memphis

Memphis will be making its’ first-ever appearance in the Round of 16, but will not be unfamiliar with the level of tennis that will be played there. Of the 15 other teams in the Round of 16, Memphis faced three of them during the regular season, playing at No. 8 Oklahoma, at No. 40 Vanderbilt and at No. 22 Baylor. Memphis faced Oklahoma in just its second match of the year as part of the ITA Kickoff Classic, losing 4-0, in Norman.

The Tigers then ventured east on Interstate 40 to face Vanderbilt, falling 4-2. After facing three top 25 programs between the Vanderbilt match and the match against No. 22 Baylor on March 28th, the Tigers started to readjust their lineup, moving freshman Lukas Vrnak back into the doubles lineup and using juniors David O’Hare and Joe Salisbury in number one doubles play.

It was one trip later that the Tigers started to see the lineup change payoff. Memphis picked up a non-conference win over No. 50 Louisville, 4-0, then followed that up with a second win over a top 25 team on the road, defeating No. 24 VCU, 4-3. Those two wins started the Tigers’ current nine-match win streak.

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