Fighting Tigers tennis team gets must-win over Gallipolis

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

If this was television, the Ironton Fighting Tigers would be looking at sweeps week.

Ironton got must-win Monday by beating the Gallipolis Blue Devils 4-1 in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League tennis match.

The Fighting Tigers avenged a loss at Gallipolis last week and put Ironton in position to win the SEOAL if they can sweep the rest of the week’s matches.

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Ironton now plays Portsmouth Tuesday and Chillicothe Wednesday for the conference championship.

On Thursday, Ironton faces the North Division’s first-place team Athens.

Lovell Medcalf remained undefeated in 13 matches this season as he swept Joan Sojka by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores.

No. 2 singles player Rob Downs stayed perfect in conference play and went to 11-2 overall as he blanked Mollie Blake 6-0, 6-0.

Ironton’s J.C. Kinney fell to Greg Baker 3-6, 1-6 in singles play.

In doubles, Austin Cornett and Demetrius Givens avenged their only conference loss by beating Quint Nibert and Adam Blake 7-6 (7-5) and 6-2.

Givens is now 9-4 on the season.

Also in doubles play, Ironton’s Seth Christian and Joey Pauley downed Kamal Dayal and Tim Huffman 6-2, 6-4.

In junior varsity play, Ironton’s Lorenzo Akers and Cody Quillen lost 7-8.