The Lady Pirates defeated the Lady Falcons 3-2 by taking two of the three singles matches and rallying in the second set of the No. 2 doubles match to give Wheelersburg the win.
The No. 1 singles match pitted the Lady Pirates' Lauren Dever against Minford's Jordyn Theil. After dropping the first game in the opening set, Dever won the next six games to take the first set 6-1.
“I think the first game had a lot to do with nerves,” said Dever. “Once I got the first game under my belt, the rest of the games I was just cruising.”
Dever also dropped the first game in the second set and after a point late in the match that saw six or seven deuces, Dever was able to regain her momentum and pick up the win.
Dever said of playing a long point, “I figure if I am as tired as I feel, I know she has to be just as tired. I know if I put a little bit more effort in the next point, I can get it, because that next point might be the most important point.”
“She (Dever) is a fighter,” said Wheelersburg girls' tennis coach Tom Carter. “If she loses the first three games you can never count her out, because she going to come back, even the score up, sometimes go ahead. We're very proud of her up here.”
The No. 2 singles match gave Minford one of their victories Kyla Gampp defeated Courtney Pierron. After falling in the first game, Pierron fought back and took the first set to a tie breaker before Gampp was able to take the set 7-6 (7-5).
Gampp won the first game in the second set as well and was able to close out Pierron 6-4 to give the No. 2 singles match to the Lady Falcons.
Serena McDonald took care of Emily Hull in straight sets. McDonald won the first set handily 6-1, but in then second set Hull battled with McDonald before losing the match 7-5.
Wheelersburg was forced to forfeit the No. 1 doubles because of an incorrect lineup.
The No. 2 doubles' second set was a set of runs. After falling behind early Minford's duo of Melinda Hayward and Chelsea Jarrells fought back to take a 5-2 lead. Then it was time for the Lady Pirates' tandem of Marlee McClinick and Laura Kegley to go on a run and ended up winning the second set 7-5 to win the match for Wheelersburg.
“It (the SOC) could come down to that,” said Carter. “We're best friends and I'm best friends with R.D. Baker, and he puts a good team out there. It could come down to that, us battling each other.”
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No.1 singles - Lauren Dever (WB) def. Jordyn Theil (MIN) 6-1, 7-5.
No. 2 singles- Kyla Gampp (MIN) def. Courtney Pierron (WB) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
No. 3 singles - Serena McDonald (WB) def. Emily Hull (MIN) 6-2, 7-5.
No. 1 doubles - Minford won by forfeit.
No. 2 doubles - Marlee McClinick/Laura Kegley (WB) def. Melinda Hayward/Chelsea Jarrells (MIN) 6-1, 7-5.