Short Handed Manchester Tennis Tops Valley

On a beautiful spring day, the Lady Squire tennis team hosted Tippecanoe Valley in a TRC matchup. With a different lineup due to dance recital rehearsal and an illness, Manchester nearly pulled out a sweep relying on versatility and depth. Without top seniors Karly Eichenauer and Leiah Brandenburg, freshman Rebecca Pyle stepped up to substitute from JV and played very well in her first varsity match. Pyle lead 5-4 in the first set but dropped two games to go down 5-6. She hung tough and forced a
tiebreaker at 6-6. After seeing an early 3-1 point lead, Rebecca would lose 3-7. In set two, Pyle used consistency and determination to lead 4-3 before narrowly losing the final three games 4-6. “Rebecca has improved so much in her first two months of tennis and was able to show everyone what a bright future she has for Manchester tennis.” At two singles, Kelsey a Eichenauer quickly dispatched her opponent in 35 minutes before heading to dance. Senior leader Bethany Collett moved from doubles to fill an open singles spot and took care of business with great shot selection and athleticism. “Bethany only dropped one game in a rare singles appearance. This win shows how dominate of a player she can be in any format.” At one doubles, junior Lauren Metzger joined forces with Lotte van der Ven to anchor a convincing win. Finally, the two ​doubles duo of juniors Kendra Auler and Elizabeth Anguilm started strong winning 6-1 before stumbling in set two 1-4. They ran off 5 straight games to seal the fourth Manchester win. In JV action Halie Wampler, Anna Osborne, and Morgan Stroud notched singles victories. Lea Ellenrieder and Sarah Metzger won easily in doubles. Manchester hosts conference rival Whitko on Tuesday and Peru on Wednesday when they celebrate senior night. Manchester stays in a tie for first place in the TRC.

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