The Manchester girls tennis team edged Huntington 3-2 Wednesday.
The Lady Squires clinched a 3-2 victory via wins from Allison Smith and Karly Eichenauer in singles along with a come from behind win at two doubles by Bethany Collett and Lydia Little. Eichenauer was the first victory for Manchester winning handily, 6-2,6-1. Senior Allison Smith garnered the second point with a 6-3,6-1 score. “Allison is a constant competitor who we can count on for great effort and focus.” Huntington North countered by winning one doubles. Senior Reilly Ruppert and freshman partner Kelsey Eichenauer ran into their best opponents to date losing 2-6,0-6. “Along with Smith, Reilly has been a key part to our success as both players are four year varsity starters.” At three singles Leiah Brandenburg would start strong up 4-1 before momentum would shift. After closing set one 6-4, Brandenburg would lose 3-6,2-6 to even the match 2-2. Meanwhile, Collett and Little were digging out of a 0-3 and then 2-5 deficit. After four straight game wins and up 6-5, a 25 minute deuce game ended in frustration to tie it 6-6. But the Manchester duo were not to be denied as they stormed to a 7-1 tiebreaker win. The second set saw Collett and Little down 2-3 before catching fire and rattling off 4 consecutive games for the lengthy match win and 3-2 team victory. The win raises Manchester to a record of 10-2. Four additional Lady Squire seniors were celebrated as ever so positive Kylie Hensley and fun loving Alyssa Spann won 8-5 in doubles while multitalented Molly Woods and school leader Liza Airgood lost 5-8. Rain would shorten many of he final matches as Manchester celebrated the team success and senior tributes. Matches next week are at Tippecanoe Valley on Monday and at Peru Wednesday.