Friday, April 15, 2011

Girls’ singles boosts WRHS tennis at Rupert

In Great Basin meet

Wood River High School's girls dropped only five games in three dominant straight-set singles victories over the Minico Spartans Tuesday in Rupert, highlighting another strong conference outing for the improving Wolverines.

No. 1 Erin Murphy (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Lily Richards (6-1, 6-0) and No. 3 Alex Feldman (6-1, 6-3) mowed down their Spartan opponents. They led Wood River's girls to a season-best 5.5-0.5 team win over Minico.

Hailey head coach Vicki Johnston said, "We had an-other good day of tennis in Minico. My girls' singles lineup is looking really solid. They're confident, consistent and they are beginning to intimidate any opponent that steps out on the court with them.

"Erin Murphy works the point, gets her opponent off balance and sets herself up for a screaming passing shot. Lily Richards keeps the ball deep and waits patiently for a short ball to attack and sets herself up for an easy volley put away. And Alex Feldman is steady at the baseline with solid ground strokes forcing her opponent to make the first mistake."

The Wolverines swept girls' doubles as well behind No. 1 Hannah Baybutt-Margaret Reutter (6-0, 6-0) and No. 2 Au-drey Brassil-Reyna Kelly (6-4, 6-3). For the day, Wood River had a 20-4 advantage in sets won, and 125-49 edge in total games.

In mixed doubles, No. 1 Ral-eigh Grossbaum-Jessica Hamil-ton (6-0, 6-0) had their way. Winners in boys' singles were No. 1 Josh Morell (6-3, 7-5) over Minico's Eric VanEvery and No. 2 Gardner Cord (6-2, 6-1). The Hailey boys prevailed 4.5-1.5.

Wood River (7-2 overall in dual meets, 9-0 boys and 6-2-1 girls) improved to 3-0 in Great Basin Conference league play. Johnston said, "We're looking forward to the Eastern Idaho Invitational this weekend." Hailey hosts Jerome Tuesday and Twin Falls April 21.

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