The Manchester Lady Squires finally faced off with Peru in the sectional final after several weather delay days. Earlier in May Manchester defeated Peru 3-2 so another close match was anticipated. The two doubles team of Lydia Little and Kendra Auler
were hot from the racket spin and quickly won set one 6-0. The one doubles team of Bethany Collett and Lauren Metzger also started strong going up 5-0, but struggles to finish off net shots led to a Peru four game charge. Up 5-4, Metzger would lead a
barrage on topspin groundstrokes to win set one 6-4. At three singles Leiah Brandenburg would lose the first two games before finding her rhythm and win 6 straight and the set 6-2. Meanwhile, the two singles matchup saw Kelsey Eichenauer face an
athletic pusher who ran down every ball and floated them back. After losing set one, Kelsey stormed back to win 6-2 in set two. At one singles Karly Eichenauer lost here serve and fell behind each side change. But at 3-4, the top Lady Squire focused in and
played superb tennis to narrowly win three games and the set 6-4. Now back at two doubles, Little and Auler rushed to a 4-1 lead but relaxed too much letting Peru tie it 4-4. With improved determination, serves, and volleys, the Manchester pair won 6-4 for the first team point. The second point came at three singles as Brandenburg won three, lost two, but closed out the final three games using well placed shots and powerful serves. The team victory came as Collett and Metzger out stroked their opponents. They led 2-1, then 5-1. After letting a match point in a long deuce game slip away, the top Squire team showed composure by easily wining the final game to seal the championship. But Manchester wasn’t done winning. Karly Eichenauer again would rally from down 2-3 and win three straight games by controlling the points with a combination of placement, angles, and power. Up 5-3, Karly would lose a return game before serving out the match against a top player. Finally at two singles and after a 10 minute split set break, Kelsey fell behind 0-3 but battled back to tie it six all and force a tiebreaker. Despite losing the tiebreaker, the celebration of team sectional champions was underway with the 4-1 team victory. “This was an amazing accomplishment to win back to back sectional titles. These young ladies worked hard in the offseason and each
day at practice. It was great to be surrounded by family, friends, and community supporters who helped these scholar athletes succeed.” On Tuesday Manchester travels to Culver Academies to play Northern Lakes Conference Champions and state
ranked Plymouth. With all schools playing in the same tournament, this is truly Hoosier Hysteria.