Myers/Taylor On Fire in Advancing to Final 16 of ITA Indoor Regional
Oct. 23, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Dennis Myers and Conor Taylor had an eight match doubles winning streak snapped late Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Omni-ITA Indoor Region II Championships. The duo played separate singles matches in the morning before playing the three doubles matches in a row. They beat the No. 5 seed in the main draw in convincing fashion, 8-4 by dropping Sean Kelleher and Steven Ward of William & Mary.
Myers and Taylor opened their day in doubles with a 9-7 win over Kane/Russell from William & Mary, before the matchup with Kelleher/Ward in the evening. A mere hour after their match with Kelleher/Ward, Myers and Taylor would play their fourth overall match of the day, a tough match against the VCU duo of Lecloerec/Lleal. The Wolfpack teammates would eventually lose 8-3, after an exhaustive but gritty, impressive effort on the day.
"Dennis and Conor were superb on the doubles court," head coach Jon Choboy said. "They have really gelled as teammates and were on fire out there the last two days. They are going to be a tough doubles pair once dual meets start in the spring."
Myers lost to Fernando Fiuri of ETSU in his second round singles matchup, 6-3, 6-2 and Taylor fell to Todd Paul of Wake Forest 6-3, 6-3.
In other NC State action, the tandem of Will Shaw and Jon Davis lost their doubles match 8-3 in the quarterfinals to Fish/Kader of William & Mary. RJ Murray and Val Banada lost to Spice/Ross of Wake Forest 8-3.
RJ Murray won his first singles match in the second day of competition with a marathon first set that went to 16-14 in the tiebreak. He would take the second set 6-4 to advance to play Jonathan Janda of UNC. Janda would defeat Murray in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Banada will play in a first round match-up against John Snead of James Madison in the main singles draw. Banada defeated Snead 6-4, 6-2 when the two faced off in the opening round of the Old Point National Bank ITA invitational Oct. 17. He is the last Wolfpack player still standing in the ITA Indoor Regionals after an impressive showing by NC State.