On a fantastic night for the tennis, the Manchester Tennis Team would fight back and forth with Maconaquah until the final point. The epic team match came down to two points and saw Maconaquah edge out the Squires 2-3 in their TRC opener of the season. “It was a great competitive match, and although we did not come out on top, I was very proud of our play and it was nice to play some pressure tennis,” said Coach Screeton about the match. The matches started come off the courts in pattern the Squires couldn’t break. The number one singles match of Donathan vs. Borden went the way of the Braves and was first off.
It was shortly followed by the Squire victory at two doubles as Shepherd and Hein continued their winning ways. The match tilted back in favor of Maconaquah as senior Tyler Yoars would defeat sophomore Spence Trick in a great twoset match. The Squires finally got even when the veteran team of Dierks and Wagoner won at number one doubles. All attention found its way to the number three singles match of Logan Parrett vs. Linden Bowen for the match. Parrett and Bowen would split the first two sets and have the third set swing back and forth until the final two points of the tiebreaker. Parrett was out early in the set 21 and 43, only to see Bowen come back and take the 54, and 65 leads. After Parret took the match into the tiebreaker, he would gain a small 54 lead in the tiebreaker before losing the final three long points. “I know the singles matches did not go our way this evening, but I think Luke is competing every point, Spence is finding ways to win key points and games, and Logan learned so much from such a competitive match. As for doubles, I saw a lot of great team tennis tonight, and their growth together will be a difference maker as we move forward.” added Screeton. The Squire are busy down the stretch as tonight started a stretch of 9 matches in 16 days, 6 of which are TRC. They will battle at Wabash Tuesday night at 5:00.