The Peru tennis sectional got underway Wednesday with all four county schools battling each other. Wabash took on Manchester while Northfield and Southwood locked horns.
The first match to end was the metro battle with Southwood edging Northfield 3-2 to Thursday’s Semifinals against the host Peru Bengal Tigers. The strong wind played havoc with all the matches, but the girls were able to mentally overcome the distracting wind.
Southwood’s #1 doubles pair of Brooke Wyatt/Emily Gwillim cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory to get the night started. Kim Hobson followed soon thereafter at #2 singles with an efficient 6-1, 6-1 win. Lorynn Hunt dropped her match at #3 singles 1-6, 2-6 to make the score Southwood 2 Northfield 1. Meanwhile, Hannah King/Mary Sieberns took set one 6-4 at #2 doubles while Northfield’s Jordan Bratch took set one from Drue Gentry at #1 singles in a tiebreaker.
Northfield’s #2 doubles tandem fought back to win set two and force a third set while Drue Gengry was fighting back from 2-5 in the second set to force a tiebreaker. As that match played out, Southwood’s #2 doubles pair raced out to a 4-1 lead in the third set. Back at #1 singles, Jordan Bratch prevailed in another tiebreaker, 8-6, to tie the team match at 2-2. Moments later Southwood’s #2 doubles team secured the team win with a 6-1 third set victory.
Manchester faced Wabash in a rematch of teams that tied for the TRC title. In mid April the Lady Squires defeated Wabash 3-2.
The match started close at doubles but in favor of Manchester at all three singles spots. Kelsey Eichenauer would drop the first game at two singles to Katy Brown and then run off 12 straight games to get the first win. Next off was Leiah Brandenburg at 3 singles with a commanding 6-1,6-2 win over Brooke Irgang. The clinching third victory came at two doubles with Lydia Little and Kendra Auler turning a 2-3 deficit into a 6-4 set win followed by a 3-0 second set lead. With the lead, the duo traded out games to win 6-3 over Alicyn Sheets & Kaitlyn Hashbarger. Karly Eichenauer looked to avenge an early season loss at one singles against talented Katie Ford. Karly raced out to a 5-2 lead. After dropping two games, Karly served out the set 6-4. In the zone once again, Karly opened the second set with a 3-0 lead. After a 4-1 and 5-2 changeover lead, Ford broke Karly’s serve to inch closer before the elder Eichenauer played a 5-3 flawless return game to win 6-3. At one doubles, Bethany Collett and Lauren Metzger led a game on each side change until 4-3 where they lost two. Down 4-5 they battled to
lead 6-5 but a six all tiebreaker ensued. Manchester let a 4-0 point lead slip away and lost the tiebreaker 6-8. Set two was all Manchester as they powered to a 6-1 win. Momentum shifted in set three in a 3-6 defeat to Jaycee Parrett & Alexis Hartley. Coach Eichenauer “Overall this was a well played team match. We came out with positive energy and moved well on a windy night. We’ll be ready for Maconaquah on Thursday.”