The Lady Squires hosted Southwood in the final match of the regular season and wrapped up with a 5-0 win and a share of the TRC title with a 7-1 conference record. “This was a team goal for us to repeat as conference champs, and even though we
graduated strong players, new team members stepped up to repeat as the top team. It took a total team effort to win our 3rd title in 6 years.” Here is how the match played out. Southwood started strong in doubles leading each position early on. But it was all Manchester from there on. Both doubles and three singles won at the same time giving Manchester the team win. The one doubles team of Bethany Collett and Lauren Metzger trailed 1-2 and got on a roll winning 9 straight games to take a 6-2,4-0 lead before trading games and winning out. The two doubles team of Lydia Little and Kendra Auler finished even stronger. After trailing 2-3, they won 10 straight games and the victory. Leiah Brandenburg came off the court with a solid win using well placed shots and strong serves. Leiah countered each game she lost with several well played games to keep momentum . Karly Eichenauer played a confident match racing out to a 5-0 lead. After winning set one, Karly traded games and at 2-2 turned it on with great serves and winning shots. The final match saw Kelsey Eichenauer play a long opening set against a determined opponent. After winning 6-4, Kelsey settled in and found her strokes to win the final 5 games of set two to secure the 5-0 team win. Manchester JV also won 7 of 10 matches in a contest of the two largest teams in the area. The JV Lady Squires achieved a 8-3-1 season of which to be proud. Manchester faces Wabash in the opening round of the Peru sectional on Wednesday at 5:15. The second round is Thursday versus Maconaquah with the sectional finals on Friday.