Squires Tennis Wins Make Up match Over Whitko

It was another great night for tennis in North Manchester and another TRC make­up matchup from the early season weather postponements. The Manchester Tennis team finds themselves in the middle of 16 day stretch that features 9 matches. Despite the tough schedule, the Squires found a way to defeat TRC opponent Whitko Wildcats 3­2 on Thursday night. “I thought our guys came ready to play tonight, and took the court with a different mindset than earlier in the week. We have been spending some time lately developing our mental games as well as our physical play.” said Coach Screeton. The Squires did look sharp in the beginning as four of five spots took the opening set in quick fashion. The Doubles teams of Dierks & Wagoner and Shepherd & Hein grabbed control the match early for the Squires with some strong team tennis. At the same time, Logan Parrett at #3 Singles took care of his opponent and only dropped one game along the way. “I was very impressed with our opening three victories tonight. All three spots played great tennis and took some pressure off of Luke and Spence to go compete without worrying about the match score.” added Screeton. The focus of the match turned to the very lengthy singles matches at #1 Singles (Donathan vs Platt) and #2 Singles (Trick vs Hersha). Both matches would see the players split the first two sets and with the match already decided offered the ten­point super tiebreak as a way to complete the match. At #1 Singles Luke Donathan battled back from a tough first set to win the second and have a match point on his racquet at 11­10 in the tiebreak. However, the experience senior Platt was able to rally and win the final third set tiebreaker 13­11. At #2 Singles Spence Trick’s fate was also determined by the ten­point super tiebreaker. Spence played the marathon match of the night and ultimately would fall in that third set tiebreak. “I thought Spence and Luke played some of their best tennis of the year. They battled
through time times in the matches and responded with long segments of quality play. They were true competitors tonight and showed our team how hard we need to play.” said Screeton. The Squires will be back in action on Saturday vs. Peru in North Manchester @ 10:00.

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