Men's Tennis Falls To Memphis At C-USA Tourney

UABSPORTS.COM Rafael Rondino split sets in singles before Friday's match was decided.
Rafael Rondino split sets in singles before Friday's match was decided.

April 19, 2013

Final Stats

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ---- The UAB men's tennis team fell in its quarterfinal match at the Conference USA Championship, losing to No. 2 seed and 35th-ranked Memphis, 4-0, at the Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center.

The loss dropped the Blazers' record to 15-11 while the Tigers improved to 12-7.

Memphis grabbed the doubles point on the strength of wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles. Connor Glennon and Cedric de Zutter were the first to get on the board as the Tiger duo took an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles over UAB's Lucas Dirube and Chris Helliar.

David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury, Memphis' No. 1 team and ranked 51st nationally, secured the point for the Tigers with an 8-5 win over Tom Puetz and David Zimmerman.

Luia Felipe Pinto and Rafael Pinto were in a tight match at No. 3 doubles when play was halted as the Blazer tandem trailed Memphis' Johnny Grimal and Lukas Vrnak, 7-6.

Salisbury gave the Tigers a 2-0 advantage with a 6-1, 7-5 at No. 2 singles over Puetz. Glennon downed UAB's Zimmerman at No. 1, 6-2, 6-4, to make it 3-0 before David O'Leary closed the match out with a 6-3, 6-3 decision over Pinto.

The remaining three matches were stopped once the Tigers claimed the match. Rondino was tied at 1-1 in sets (7-6, 0-6) with Vrnak at No. 3 singles while Helliar was up 6-4, 4-5 at the No. 4 spot. UAB's Dirube trailed O'Hare, 2-6, 3-4, at No. 6 singles.

No. 35 Memphis 4, UAB 0

No. 1 - David O'Hare/Joe Salisbury (UM) def. Tom Puetz/David Zimmerman (UAB) 8-5
No. 2 - Connor Glennon/Cedric de Zutter (UM) def. Lucas Dirube/Chris Helliar (UAB) 8-1
No. 3 - Luiz Felipe Pinto/Rafael Rondino (UAB) vs. Johnny Grimal/Lukas Vrnak (UM) 6-7. Unf.



Order of Finish: 2, 1

No. 1 - Connor Glennon (UM) def. David Zimmerman (UAB) 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 - Joe Salisbury (UM) def. Tom Puetz (UAB) 6-1, 7-5
No. 3 - Rafael Rondino (UAB) vs. Lukas Vrnak (UM) 7-6, 0-6, unf.
No. 4 - Chris Helliar (UAB) vs. Johnny Grimal (UM) 6-4, 4-5, unf.
No. 5 - David O'Leary (UM) def. Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 - Lucas Dirube (UAB) vs. David O'Hare (UM) 6-2, 4-3, unf.

Order of Finish: 2, 5, 1
Records: UAB 15-11, Memphis 12-7