The Lady Squires traveled to Huntington to take on the Lady Vikings and the small school came away with a big win. Kelsey Eichenauer continued her excellent play by powering and out smarting her senior opponent at 2 singles. After winning the opening game, Kelsey dropped two games. Down 1-2, the Squire sophomore plowed through her strong opponent without dropping a game. The one doubles team of Bethany Collett and Lotte van der Ven faced a tough team in the last year’s number 1 and an athletic partner. Despite only winning one game each set, the Manchester duo played many good points and never gave up. At team score 1-1, Leiah Brandenburg had wrapped up a competitive opening set by serving out a 6-4 frame. Leiah steadily built a 5-3 lead but was denied the match serving up 5-4. At 5-5 she broke back to lead 6-5 and finished the deal serving out the game for her 7-5 win. At one singles Karly Eichenauer started out to a 3-0 lead only to give up 4 straight. The first set would be lost 4-6 and the second set saw Huntington North control many points and defeat Karly 4-6. “Karly played a good opponent but also wasn’t her sharpest today which is needed each match at the top. She’ll bounce back.” And her teammates picked her up as the two doubles duo of Lydia Little and Kendra Auler started to gel after losing set one 3-6, they turned a 1-2 second set into a 4-3 lead and closed out two games to get set two 6-3. With the match on the line, Auler and Little played inspired tennis hitting many great serves and shots to stake a 3-0 set lead. After a long disappointing game loss, they won to lead 4-1. Auler would step up her shot selection and led a long service game to victory to lead 5-1. The last game was all Manchester as the match ended 3-6,6-3,6-1 to bring home the team win 3-2. “This was a huge win over a really good team. I was proud of each player for playing her position and then supporting teammates on to team success. I saw no negative emotions as we matured tonight.” Varsity is now 7-3, 3-1 in TRC play.
In JV play Manchester earned a 6-5 win over an 8-1-1 opponent. Singles winners were Lauren Metzger (twice), Elizabeth Anguilm, Rebecca Pyle while the double team of Cora Barnett/Anna Osborne and Morgyn Jimenez/Anna Pyle each winning. JV is now 5-2-1. Manchester plays a home stretch with Tippecanoe Valley at 4:30 Monday, Whitko at 4:30 rescheduled for Tuesday and Peru at 5:00 on Wednesday for senior night.