Memphis, Tenn. — From Memphis to Tokyo, three former UofM students will make the journey and represent their respective countries and the Bluff City at the Olympic Games.
Former Penny Hardaway protégée Precious Achiuwa will head to Tokyo as part of the Nigerian Men’s Basketball team. Achiuwa dazzled Memphis fans on the court during the 2019-20 season to the tune of 16 points and 11 rebounds on average across 31 games. Along with a ticket to Tokyo, that talent got Achiuwa drafted by the Miami Heat 20th overall in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft.
Tigers fans will also see a familiar face on the diamond.
Former Memphis Softball star Ellen Roberts will now look to pitch her home country, Australia, to victory.
Roberts took the mound on 103 occasions for the Tigers between 2011 and 2014, leaving Memphis with 41 total wins and a cumulative 3.04 ERA. Over 659.1 total innings, Roberts managed to strikeout 488 batters, good for second all-time in the University of Memphis’ programs history. Her softball days didn’t end in Memphis though. Roberts continued playing, joining the National Pro Fastpitch league with the Chicago Bandits. She now joins an Olympic squad which has medaled in four straight Olympic softball tournaments dating back to 1996.
And, back on the court, Joe Salisbury joins the Great Britain Men’s Tennis team.
Salisbury graduated from the University of Memphis in 2014 as the program’s all-time leader in doubles wins with 97.
In his final season at Memphis, Salisbury reached No. 3 in the ITA Career Doubles Rankins and No. 56 in the ITA Career Singles Rankings, both the highest rankings ever achieved by a Tiger.
After graduation, Salisbury’s success continued as the former Tiger won the 2020 Australian Open Doubles title alongside Rajeev Ram and the Mixed Doubles Final at the 2021 French Open alongside Desirae Krawczyk. Salisbury heads to Tokyo as one of the top-10 highest ranked doubles players in the world.
Olympic softball is currently underway while Achiuwa and Salisbury’s games will tip-off July 25 and July 24, respectively.
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