Oct. 16, 2008
“I am proud of the way Ryan and Doug played today,” head coach Kenny Thorne said. “With the high-level of talent in this tournament, having six players in the main draw is what we were hoping for.”
Kenny and Smith easily handled their first-round opponents, Kenny defeating Rob Lowe in straight-sets, 7-6, 6-3, and Smith dropping Liberty’s Clay Clypert, 7-5, 6-4.
Smith drew tougher competition in the second round of qualifying, needing to come back from a set down en route to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Elon’s Chase Helpingstine. Kenny continued to roll on with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Sammi Belakolf of Richmond.
In doubles play, Kenny and Roebuck teamed up for a 8-4 win over Wake Forest’s Andrew Brasseaux and David Hopkins in the first round, before falling to Davidson’s Callum Gee and Eric Noble in an extra set heart-breaker, 9-8 (7-4).
The main draw will begin Friday morning with matches taking placed at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in Durham and the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapell Hill, N.C.