Falcons edge past Trojans


By Benjamin Spicer



Minford’s Elise Wrage awaits her opponent’s serve.


Ben Spicer | Daily Times

Portsmouth’s Rylee Moorhead (left) and Elysia Copley (right) prepare for a return volley.


Ben Spicer | Daily Times

Minford and Portsmouth met for an out of conference match Wednesday evening at Minford High School. The Falcons came in to the contest after losing to Valley on Tuesday, and Portsmouth was eager to get things going in their first match of the season.

Kaylee McGinnis was able to record her second singles victory of the season for Minford, knocking off Portsmouth’s Avery Wolfe to start off the match.

Minford head coach Darren Shepherd had high praise for Wolfe’s game. “She probably hits the ball harder than anyone I’ve seen this year,” Shepherd said. “We’re good to get her this early in the season because next time we play her she’s going to be tough to beat.”

The Falcons were able to build off the momentum of McGinnis’ match, as Anna Estep knocked off Lauren Coleman to give Minford a 2-0 edge early on.

Sarah Lemaster was able to bring the Trojans back into the match with a victory over Molly Downey.

The Lemaster win gave Portsmouth a chance to take the overall match as doubles play began.

Minford’s Layken Phillips and Heather Adkins were matched up with Portsmouth’s Elysia Copley and Rylee Moorhead in the first doubles match. Minford was able to get a hard fought win as the duo of Phillips and Adkins won in two sets.

Portsmouth was able to come back and get a victory in the second doubles match of the night, as Sara Born and Cassidy Bianco knocked off Elise Wrage and Kendall Riley of Minford.

Ultimately, the Falcons took the match victory over the Trojans, 3-2.

“It was close,” Shepherd said. “We won this one 3-2, but it was close just like the Valley match. All these teams are really equal.”

Portsmouth head coach Amy Keating was unavailable for comment following the match.

Singles Results

Kaylee McGinnis (Minford) def. Avery Wolfe (Portsmouth) 6-1, 6-2

Anna Estep (Minford) def. Lauren Coleman (Portsmouth) 7-5, 6-3

Sarah Lemaster (Portsmouth) def. Molly Downey (Minford) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles Results

Layken Phillips/Heather Adkins (Minford) def. Elysia Copley/Rylee Moorhead (Portsmouth) 6-1, 7-6

Sara Born/Cassidy Bianco (Portsmouth) def. Elise Wrage/Kendall Riley (Minford) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

Minford’s Elise Wrage awaits her opponent’s serve.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/08/web1_EliseWrage.jpgMinford’s Elise Wrage awaits her opponent’s serve. Ben Spicer | Daily Times

Portsmouth’s Rylee Moorhead (left) and Elysia Copley (right) prepare for a return volley.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/08/web1_PortsmouthDoubles.jpgPortsmouth’s Rylee Moorhead (left) and Elysia Copley (right) prepare for a return volley. Ben Spicer | Daily Times

By Benjamin Spicer

Reach Ben Spicer at (502)264-7318 or on Twitter @BSpicerPDT

Reach Ben Spicer at (502)264-7318 or on Twitter @BSpicerPDT