Wolfpack Drop Close Match With No. 19 Tar Heels
March 24, 2004
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Conor Taylor continues to elevate his game as the season progresses, dropping his third straight ranked opponent at No. 1 singles, this time with a straight set win against North Carolina. The Tar Heels would win the match at their home tennis center, however, winning the last three matches to break a 2-2 tie in winning 5-2. The Tar Heels improve to 3-0 in the ACC and NC State fell to 1-3 with the loss.
Taylor, ranked No. 72 nationally, defeated No. 31 Nick Monroe at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-0. It was Taylor's third straight win over a top-35 singles player. He defeated No. 13 Izak van der Merwe of Old Dominion on March 8 and No. 18 Mat Cloer, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, against Florida State on March 16.
Monroe was 14-1 in dual match singles on the year at No. 1, and 27-5 overall over the course of the season before his loss to Taylor.
Monroe and teammate Geoff Boyd also fell in defeat in doubles, as NC State took the double point, winning two of the three matches. Monroe/Boyd, ranked no. 21 in doubles and posting a 13-3 mark on the season, lost at No. 1 to Will Shaw and Jon Davis 8-4 as the Wolfpack got on the board early with the double point. Taylor and Andre Iriarte defeated Jonathan Janda and Rajan Luchici of UNC 9-8 (7-5) to pull out the point with the win at No. 3.
Brad Pomeroy and Boyd won at No. 5 and No. 6 singles to give the Tar Heels the early 2-1 lead, but Taylor impressive win rallied the Wolfpack to a 2-2 tie. The top-20 Tar Heels finished the match strong, winning in straight sets at No. 2-4, despite Will Shaw falling by only a break in both of his sets at No. 3 against Andy Metzler.
NC State will host Georgia Tech on Saturday at 11 am at the Varsity Courts on NC State's west campus in its ACC home opener. Admission is free and the courts are located next to Doak Field.
North Carolina 5, NC State 2 Doubles 1. Will Shaw/Jon Davis (NCSU) d. No. 21 Nick Monroe/Geoff Boyd (UNC), 8-4 2. Andy Metzler/Brad Pomeroy (UNC) d. Val Banada/Dennis Myers (NCSU), 8-3 3. Conor Taylor/Andre Iriarte (NCSU) d. Jonathan Janda/Raian Luchici (UNC), 9-8 (7-5) Singles 1. No. 72 Conor Taylor (NCSU) d. No. 31 Nick Monroe (UNC), 6-3, 6-0 2. Derek Porter (UNC) d. Val Banada (NCSU), 6-3, 6-3 3. Andy Metzler (UNC) d. Will Shaw (NCSU), 7-5, 6-4 4. Raian Luchici (UNC) d. Andre Iriarte (NCSU), 6-2, 6-1 5. Brad Pomeroy (UNC) d. Jon Davis (NCSU), 6-1, 6-0 6. Geoff Boyd (UNC) d. William Noblitt (NCSU), 6-0, 6-2