Manchester Tennis To Face Peru In Sectional Final

The semifinal match began with a quick win at two singles by sophomore Kelsey Eichenauer as she only dropped a game each set. “Kelsey really took control from the beginning and used relentless strokes to not only control points but hit winners. Kelsey’s big serves also produced many easy points.” At three singles senior Leiah Brandenburg faced a gritty opponent with similar results to previous matchups. After a close first set, Brandenburg was exhausted and down 4-5 but reached deep to pull out the set with three consecutive games 7-5. And as early this season, Leiah quickly controlled the next set winning this time 6-0. “We knew going in that the opening set win was crucial to momentum and Leiah focused in at the right time. That showed determination and experience.” Soon after the two doubles duo of juniors Lydia Little and Kendra Auler would seal the win with a strong 6-2 set and a closer second set 7-5. “These two ladies jumped out early in each set and even though their opponents charged back, we kept in control. I really like our athleticism and net play right now.” The other two matches would
experience a lightning delay turned into a rain delay. Friday also was postponed due to rain so on Saturday morning both one singles and one doubles finished out. In singles play senior Karly Eichenauer faced a top conference opponent whom she beat in three close sets a month ago. This time Karly would lead 3-0 before Jones would take two games. Using precision placement, Karly would win two back for a 5-2 score. After losing a game Karly would break back and notch a 6-3 set win. In set two Eichenauer once again led 2-0 before out dueling Jones in a game of 12 deuces lasting 30 points to lead 3-0. Soon after at 4-0, 30-love, the delay began. On Saturday Karly picked right back up winning 5 straight points to be at match point. On double match point, Karly would claim victory. “Karly is really peaking at the right time as she is on command of her shots. It’s a beautiful thing to watch as she has put in much time and effort to reach this level.” The final match was the one doubles team of senior Bethany Collett and Lauren Metzger. They played well to win set one turning a 3 all score into a 6-3 win. In set two the duo struggled and faced a 2-5 score when Metzger would power ground strokes and serves in to climb back to 4-5 deuce. After the 40 hour delay in play, Lauren would serve out the game to tie 5-5 and Manchester cruised to two easy games ‚Äčand the match win. The team score ended 5-0 and Manchester was ready to play Peru in the finals when more rain ended the day. The finals will be Monday 4:30 in Peru with the winner facing Plymouth in the Culver Regionals on Tuesday.

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