Manchester Tennis Wins Second Straight

The Manchester Boys Tennis Team won their second consecutive match of the season with 3­2 victory over the visiting Eagles of Columbia City. The Squires shuffled varsity veteran and senior captain into a position of singles tonight. “It was Dierks Day this evening at the tennis complex and I thought why not let one of our top players with the most wins over the past two years, who is so strong at doubles get a crack at singles. I thought Heath did a great job embracing the feature role tonight for his solo senior night. He has been the ultimate team guy and leader for us this season. Heath has had a large role in the growth and development of this inexperienced team,” said Head Coach Eric Screeton. Although the spotlight was on Dierks, the varsity match turned into quite an exciting one. Manchester would grab the early match lead with wins from Donathan (2 Singles) and Trick (3 Singles). “Luke and Spence continued to improve tonight and I was glad to see them gain confidence heading into the final week of the season”, commented Screeton. However, the lead was quickly evaporated as Columbia City charged back with wins at both 1 singles and 1 doubles. The match turned attention to 2 Doubles and placed four inexperienced players into
the hot seat for the match. Shepherd and Hein won the ever so close 1st set 7­6 (7­5 in the tiebreaker) and now faced a late rallying charge by the Eagles. Shepherd was able to hold a very lengthy game at 5­4 to close the second set and match out 6­4. “I liked what I saw tonight from both doubles teams. Logan and Parker when they got themselves into good positions played some great team tennis. Plus, Kyle and Uria continued to amaze with determination and a real gutsy performance. I am so proud of the effort our team has shown since last week’s Wabash match,” added Screeton. The Squires return to action tomorrow night
at Triton @5:00.

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