Lady Squire Tennis Gets Come Back Win

Manchester hosted Whitko in a match among two of the four teams tied for the lead in Three Rivers Conference play with one loss apiece. The Lady Squires were once again without a full lineup as senior Leiah Brandenburg was battling an illness. The match started out in Whitko’s favor as the visitors won 4 of the 5 opening sets. The lone bright spot was the doubles team of Kendra Auler and Lydia Little. They soundly controlled their match only dropping two games each set. At three singles Bethany Collett moved from doubles and gave great effort. Down 2-5 to start, she would tie it at 5 all before losing 5-7. Again after falling behind 0-3, Collett would scratch back to 3-5 but narrowly lose the match. Meanwhile, Kelsey Eichenauer had her hands full with an experienced senior. Kelsey played well enough to win many points, but most deuce games slipped away as fell 3 and 2. Down 1-2 the Lady Squires turned to a new doubles pairing of ​junior Lauren Metzger and freshman Rebecca Pyle. After struggling to find momentum and quality serves and returns, the pair saw a 3-2 set one lead go to 3-4 and then 4-6. With determination, Metzger hit excellent return and strokes while Pyle was consistent and ready at the net. They led 5-2 before losing two for a 5-4 count. The second doubles team would close out the set 6-4 and then rally back in several third set games
to win 6-1. With the score tied 2-2, all eyes turned to the number one singles match between two of the top area players. Whitko would win set 6-3 and lead 1-0 before Karly Eichenauer came alive winning 6 of 7 games to take set two followed by three
straight games to lead 3-0 in the deciding frame. After a game loss, Karly would serve her way out of a 15-40 hole to win in a few deuces for a comfortable 4-1 lead. But Whitko would not roll over. After a Wildcat game win to make it 4-2, Karly saw her team cheer her on to a 5-2 lead. Finally, Karly served out the match 6-2 and secure the come from behind team win 3-2. “This was an excellent team win as we needed some new combinations and positions. I was thrilled with our fight and perseverance. Over the season ten different players have helped win many team victories. We’ll be ready for Peru tomorrow, but this win is worth some celebration. In JV action Emily Ogden won her singles match while the doubles duos of Elizabeth Anguilm & Lotte van der Ven along with Halie Wampler & Morgan Stroud won in a close 3-4 team loss. Senior day celebrations are Wednesday after the match.

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