Walker Falls in Quarterfinals
Aug. 11, 2003
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Rising senior Lee Taylor Walker became the second upset-victim to Miami-Florida's Eric Hechtman, as Hechtman came back from a 6-2 first set loss to edge Walker 7-5, 11-9, in the second and third sets to advance to the semifinals of the ITA National Summer Championships.
Hechtman, who upended the tournament's top seed yesterday in the Round of 32, eliminated Walker, the No. 7 seed, and will face Indiana's Ryan Recht, who will be playing on his home court, Monday evening.
Walker is still alive in the doubles portion of the draw, where he is attempting to defend his doubles title from the summer of 2002. Walker teamed with Tennessee's Wade Orr to win the doubles title in 2002, and is teaming with LSU's Bryan Fisher as the tournament's top seed for the 2003 tournament. The duo won their first match, 8-5, over the team of Will Butzlaff (Gustavus Adolphus) and Bryan Slack (IUPUI). Fisher and Walker face the Princeton doubles team of Shannon Morales and Hans Plukas) in the doubles quarterfinals.
Walker teamed with former Tiger Ben Stapp during the 2002-03 season and the duo was ranked as high as No.12 in the country after advancing to the finals of the Omni Hotels Region III Championship during the fall season.
The Tiger men's tennis team will host two prestigious collegiate tennis events in the upcoming 2003-04 academic year. Memphis will host the ITA Southeast Regional, which features some of the top men's teams in the country, in a regional tournament where the winners advance to the National Indoor Championships. That event is slated to take place Oct. 10-12 at The Racquet Club of Memphis.
Memphis will also be the host destination for all the Conference USA men's tennis programs in the spring as the Tigers will host the C-USA Championships on the university courts.
Memphis returns four letterwinners from 2002-03, led by lone senior Lee Taylor Walker. Walker will be joined by a pair of juniors, Alex Bucewicz and Andrew Olswing and by rising sophomore Alex Jago. With seniors Ben Stapp and Joe Schmulian completing their eligibility, the Tigers will be looking to replace one No. 1 doubles and one No. 2 doubles players in the line-up, as well as a No. 1 or 2 singles and a No. 3 singles player.