Manchester Tennis Falls At Regional

The Manchester Lady tennis team followed up last night’s sectional victory by hitting the road to Culver Academies to play a regional match against state ranked powerhouse Plymouth. While Manchester competed well at several positions, they fell 0-5. Both doubles teams faced players able to power past the Lady Squires using strong net play, developed strategies, and experience as only one game was won by each duo. At three singles, Leiah Brandenburg battled to the end but couldn’t out hit or place enough winners to complete a viable charge. Karly Eichenauer faced a possible all state candidate who really crushed all strokes. Karly surprised her opponent by winning the first game. Down 1-5 Karly once again broke through with a game win. In set two, Karly pushed many games to deuce and even won back to back games in her 2-6,2-6 loss. “Karly played some extraordinary points and really impressed all with her shot making and counter punching.” At two singles Kelsey Eichenauer played two of the best sets in her career. After dropping game one, Kelsey gained momentum and led 4-1. After losing two, she roared back with games 5&6 to win set one 6-3. After facing a Plymouth rally and trailing 1-3, Kelsey would angle and power her way to winning four straight games for a 5-3 margin. Plymouth would fight off 3 match points to take 3 straight games and lead 6-5. Kelsey then played a hard nosed game to force a tiebreaker in which she came up short. Despite the final set being all in favor of Plymouth, Kelsey knew she controlled much of the match and outplayed her opponent. “Playing long 3 setters on back to back nights didn’t give the star sophomore much recovery time. Tonight anyone who saw her play would have been impressed to see her fired up and winning.” With the team loss, the final Squire match serves as an accomplishment to build on over the summer. Manchester’s final record was 13-4 earning sectional and conference champion status for back to back years. Manchester will miss its three senior four year letter winners, but look to replace the roster with several up and coming JV players.

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