Tennis season made a triumphant return on Tuesday evening at Minford High School, as the Falcons faced off against the Valley Indians.
Minford got off to a hot start in singles play. Kaylee McGinnis got the win over Valley’s Shay-Lynn Baker in two sets to start things off, but the Indians rallied back with Kennedy McGraw knocking off Minford’s Anna Estep in two sets.
The decisive set in singles play matched Minford’s Molly Downey against Valley’s Taylar Copen, which ended up being the most competitive match of the day.
Downey took the first set 7-6, but Copen battled back to win the second set 7-5 for Valley. In the third and final set, Downey was able to take a 6-4 win to give Minford the lead heading in to doubles play.
“We won two out of three matches, all of them had a good match,” Minford head coach Darren Shepherd said. “I was pretty happy with them.”
Valley knew they would need a big performance in doubles play, and the Indians certainly rose to the occasion.
The first match pitted Minford’s Layken Phillips and Haley McCallister against Valley’s Billie Jean Jennice and Hannah Conley. The Indians were able to win their first doubles match in two sets, taking both by a score of 6-1.
With both teams tied with two victories apiece, it all came down to the final doubles match. Minford went with Elise Wrage and Kendall Riley, while Valley countered with Grace Brown and Kaylee Hammonds.
The tandem of Brown and Hammonds was too much for Minford, and Valley was able to get their second doubles win of the day in two sets. The win gave Valley a 3-2 victory in the match.
“I think my team did great today,” Valley head coach Jill Davis said. “They put in to play what they were practicing, and I was really proud of the girls.”
It was just the first match of the season, and both coaches are excited about their clubs moving forward in what they anticipate to be a balanced league this year.
“All the teams are about even,” Shepherd said. “So every match is going to be up for grabs.”
Davis added “I think it’s up in the air for a lot of us.”
If the first match is any indication, it should be a competitive and fun season of SOC girls tennis.
Tuesday, Aug. 16 — Valley 3, Minford 2
Kaylee McGinnis (Minford) def. Shay-Lynn Baker (Valley) 6-1, 6-2
Kennedy McGraw (Valley) def. Anna Estep (Minford) 6-2, 7-5
Molly Downey (Minford) def. Taylar Copen (Valley) 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
Billie Jean Jennice/Hannah Conley (Valley) def. Layken Phillips/Haley McCallister (Minford) 6-1, 6-1
Grace Brown/Kaylee Hammonds (Valley) def. Elise Wrage/Kendall Riley (Minford) 6-1, 6-2
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