January 27, 2012
Tech opens weekend with 6-1 loss at No. 46 Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Junior Syrym Abduhkailikov claimed an
impressive win over his ranked opponent in the top singles match of
the contest, but it was the only point that Tennessee Tech was able
to win in dropping a 6-1 dual match to No. 46 Memphis Friday night
at the Racquet Club.
Abduhkailikov outlasted David O'Hare, who came into the match
ranked 50th nationally. After winning the first set, 7-6 (7-5),
Abduhkailikov saw O'Hare fight back to claim a convincing 6-1 win
in the second set. The third and deciding set was a tight contest,
with Abduhkailikov winning, 10-8, to claim the point.
Memphis won the other five singles battles in straight sets,
including a 6-0, 6-0 decision by Johnny Grimal at no. 2 over Alex
Chen. Joe Salisbury topped Alejandro Bueon, 6-4, 6-2 at no. 3
singles, while Conor Clennon took a 6-1, 6-1 contest over Artem
Tarasov at no. 4. In the no. 5 spot, David O'Leary beat Justin
Kirstein, 6-0, 6-2, and in the no. 6 position, it was a 6-2, 6-1
win by Leon Nasemann over Vasily Eremeev.
The singles run followed Memphis' sweep of the three doubles
matches, including an 8-1 decision at no. 1 when O'Hare and
Salisbury downed Abduhkailikov and Chen.
The Golden Eagles (0-3) continue their quest to break into the win
column for the first time when they play against UNC Greensboro
Saturday at 1 p.m., also at the Racquet Club of Memphis.
#46 Memphis 6, Tennessee Tech 1
ABDUKHAILIKOV, Syrym (TTU) def. #50 David O'Hare (MEM) 7-6 (7-5),
Johnny Grimal (MEM) def. CHEN, Alex (TTU) 6-0, 6-0
Salisbury (MEM) def. BUENO, Alejandro (TTU) 6-4, 6-2
Connor Glennon (MEM) def. TARASOV, Artem (TTU) 6-1, 6-1
David O'Leary (MEM) def. KIRSTEIN, Justin (TTU) 6-0,
Nasemann (MEM) def. EREMEEV, Vasily (TTU) 6-2, 6-1
David O'Hare/Joe Salisbury (MEM) def. ABDUKHAILIKOV, Syrym/CHEN,
Alex (TTU) 8-1
David Henry/Connor Glennon (MEM) def. BUENO, Alejandro/TARASOV,
Artem (TTU) 8-3
Johnny Grimal/Leon Nasemann (MEM) def. KIRSTEIN, Justin/EREMEEV,
Vasily (TTU) 8-
1-0; National ranking #46
of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles ()
The Racquet Club of Memphis