Manchester’s top two singles players once again led the team to victory as Connor Eichenauer improved to 10-4 on the season with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 victory. “Connor controlled the match by getting up early each set, and the few games he lost were more errors on his part.” Max Karg moved to an impressive 14-1 on the year. “Max started slow finding himself down 3-4 in the opening set. Some mid match adjustments helped get him on track versus a hard hitting opponent.” Brayton Spann lost a close 4-6, 4-6 match at 3 singles. Manchester’s top doubles team of Morgan Metzger and Noah Cain had the most impressive win on the night defeating Tipp Valley’s duo that won the TRC tournament. “We were really pleased by the way our guys handled two athletic opponents. Morgan and Noah won TRC at 2 doubles, and they have moved into the top spot and improved these last few weeks. I see improved shot selection and footwork which translates into winning the close points and games.” The 2 doubles team of Dalton Day and Branden Scott struggled early losing 4-6 before finding their consistency to win 6-1 in both the second and third sets. “For Dalton it’s all about confidence and finding the right mindset. Branden has really improved his serve and strokes this season. I see his decision-making and leadership growing on the court.”
The JV won 3-2 as Matthew Pegg (JV 1 singles) played smart tennis with good shot selection and aggressive net play. Linus Kratz (JV 2 singles) played the closest match of the night winning the 1st mini set 4-3 (tiebreaker 7-4), losing the 2nd mini set 2-4, then winning the supertiebreaker (played to 10) in an amazing 17-15 score. Linus down 5 -9 saved numerous match points before pulling out the victory. Michael Wilmert showed great improvement winning 4-1, 4-0, Both JV doubles lost.
“With one match left in conference play, we are in position to win it all for the first time since 2006. Senior night should be a great celebration next Monday. We also find out sectional draws and have the chance to go undefeated in conference play.”-Joel Eichenauer