Medcalf nets trip to district

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 16, 2004

PORTSMOUTH - Lavelle Medcalf showed why he was the No. 1 seed.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers freshman tennis standout was the top seed at the Division II sectional drawing last week. Friday, Medcalf breezed through the competition as he advanced to the district tournament.

"It feels pretty good to beat people who have more experience than me," Medcalf said.

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Medcalf opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 blitz of Sabrina Taylor of New Boston.

Next came a 6-1, 6-1 sweep of John Paul Adams of Wheelersburg and identical 6-1, 6-1 wins over Tyler Clifford of Portsmouth.

In the semifinals, Medcalf beat Andy Doering of Wheelersburg 6-3, 6-2 and then knocked off Josh Bullock of Circleville in the final 6-1, 6-3.

Although Medcalf remained unbeaten in 22 matches this season, he was apprehensive going into the sectional tournament.

"I felt some doubt when I heard who I had to play, but once I started hitting, I felt pretty confident," Medcalf said. "I've worked so hard to be as good as I can, it feels good to win. I just wanted to go out and play the best I could."

The district tournament begins at 9 a.m. Friday in Columbus. at the Columbus School For Girls on Cassady Ave.

"I haven't seen any of my opponents. When I first get there I'll be nervous, but as it goes on I'll settle down and just play," Medcalf said.