Walker Falls One Round Short of ITA Qualifying Draw
Oct. 6, 2003
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Senior Lee Taylor Walker (Jackson, Tenn./Univ. School of Jackson) fell one round short of having a shot at the ITA Qualifying tournament after falling 6-4, 6-2 to Arkansas' Nathan Price in the Round of 16, Monday.
With the loss, Taylor's singles record falls to 6-3 for the season. With the win, Price advances to the ITA Qualifying tournament. Also winning their ways into the qualifying tournament were Louisiana-Lafayette's Evgheni Corduneau, Virginia Tech's Stephane Rod (who eliminated Tiger freshman James Spence from the draw, Miami's Josh Cohen, Kentucky's Nate Emge and Florida's Vlad Obradovic.
With the loss, Walker is listed as the fifth "lucky loser" in case there is an opening in the ITA Qualifying tournament draw, but with the Qualifying participants already on site and checked in, only the top two "lucky losers" received a pass into the qualifying draw.
The Tigers will break from their schedule until Oct. 16th, when the Tigers host the ITA Southeast Regional, featuring a 96 singles and 32 qualifying singles draw of the top players in the Southeast. Of the 75 nationally-ranked teams at the end of the 2002-03 schedule, 13 of them were from the Southeast Regional and will have individual team members compete in Memphis in the tournament. The winner of the singles and doubles brackets advances to the ITA Indoor Championships, one of three national tournaments on the ITA calendar.