Myers Park’s boys’ tennis team has come full circle since losing to Page in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A dual team state playoffs last season. The Mustangs will play the Pirates in the second round Tuesday, May 9, at 4 p.m.
This is setting up to be a competitive match between the top-seeded Mustangs (17-0, 10-0 Southwestern 4A) and the No. 10-seeded Pirates (13-1). Myers Park is fresh off a 6-0 thrashing of Mount Tabor, and Page overwhelmed Hough 5-0 in first-round action.
Myers Park coach Ed Flynn wants his players to treat their upcoming match with the Pirates as a shot at redemption.
“This is your chance to get them back,” Flynn said.
Myers Park has a good mix of veterans and underclassmen that have meshed well over the course of the season. Senior co-captains Flynn Stover and Chris Williams have provided good leadership. Tennis is known for being an individual sport, but Stover and Williams have done a nice job of teaching the younger players about team tennis.
Sophomore Mark Dillon anchors the team’s No. 1 singles spot. He beat teammate Sam Dean to win the Southwestern 4A Conference singles championship this season. Stover is Myers Park’s No. 2 player. Williams sits in the No. 3 position, while Dean, a sophomore, is the No. 4 player. Sophomore Charlie Reiney and junior Charlie Fox round out the lineup.
Dillon and Dean are the Mustangs’ No. 1 doubles team, while Stover and Williams are the No. 2 duo for Myers Park in doubles. However, Stover and Williams won the Southwestern 4A Conference championship in doubles action this season. Reiney and Fox are Myers Park’s third doubles team.
Freshman Adam Solis and junior Walker Browne also have contributed nicely on multiple occasions. They add quality depth and talent to the Mustang roster among others.
Flynn, who has been at Myers Park for 15 years, has coached the girls’ team for 13 seasons, and he’s in his 11th with the guys. The veteran coach believes his team has the pieces to win a state championship; however, he knows several obstacles remain in the form of a slew of talented teams ready to challenge the Mustangs for the ultimate crown.
“It’s a deep team,” Flynn said. “A lot of guys have been called on at different times for different reasons, illness, injury or whatever the case may be. We’re in the midst of a great run and the guys are enjoying it.”