April 19, 2013
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