Manchester Tennis Tops Whitko

Manchester traveled to Whitko and notched another TRC victory by the score of 4-1.Singles matches by Halle Briner and Lydia Little were the first off the courts as Briner didn’t give up a game and Little won 0 & 1. “Lydia and Halle found the right balance of consistency and placement to easily win their matches tonight. I was impressed by the way they remained focused and in control.” The doubles team of Eva Bazzoni and Kendra Auler jumped out to a 4-1 lead before splitting a pair of games and taking set one 6-3. After a longer first set, the pair took control early and won set two in half the time by a 6-2 score. The two doubles team of Lauren Metzger and Rebekah Pyle outstroked their opponents showing good chemistry in a 6-1, 6-2 win. “I thought both doubles teams won the important points. Metzger and Pyle clearly out stroked Whitko while Auler and Bazzoni showed their athleticism.” At one singles Kelsey Eichenauer started strong winning the first set easily 6-1 but fell into a slump in set two. In set three, Kelsey took a 4-1 lead but once again underperformed in losing 5 straight games and the match. “Kelsey had an off night. She uncharacteristically lost momentum and couldn’t get redirected. She’ll bounce back.” The win moved the Lady Squires to 6-3 on​ the year with a perfect 4-0 conference record. In JV play, Manchester brought a partial team to face only 5 Whitko JV players. Anna Osborne (8-2), Erika Kendall (8-2), and
Hallie Wampler (8-0) all enjoyed comfortable singles wins while Cassie Newman and Guri Hoidahl played a strong doubles match winning 8-3. Manchester’s JV in now 7-2 on the year and also 4-0 in conference play. The Lady Squires host a solid Huntington North team Wednesday at 4:30.

The Lady Squire tennis team wrapped up a busy week with a great finish in a non-conference matchup against the Wawasee Lady Warriors. At two singles, Halle Briner displayed total control in a 6-0,6-0 win. “Halle is playing phenomenal tennis right
now and had this opponent figured out.” The one doubles team of Kendra Auler and Eva Bazzoni ran into a seasoned senior doubles team losing 4 & 1. “We started out decent going up 4-3, but struggled to hit the right shots and gain momentum.” The next three matches would take much longer to complete and eventually finish within just minutes of each other. Lydia Little completed a great comeback at 3 singles to win the second Manchester point. After a 0-3, 1-4, 2-5 start, Little begin to assert herself by​ taking the next 5 games and set one 7-5. Then she built a 5-2 lead in set two and closed it out 6-4. Playing in her first varsity match, junior Anna Osborne joined forces with sophomore Rebekah Pyle. After a slow start, the 2 doubles team rattled off 6 straight games to win set one 6-4 and lead 1-0. From there on, they traded games until leading 4-3. Some unfortunate points resulted in dropping two games for a 4-5 deficit, but determination, focus, and energy parlayed into winning the final two games and match 7-5. “Rebekah and Anna played with intelligence by making adjustments, finding weaknesses, and playing with great energy. They were fun to watch compete tonight.” Just points later, Kelsey Eichenauer wrapped up her one singles victory. Eichenauer would also get off to a slow start trailing 3-4 before catching fire and winning 8 straight
games. With a 6-4,5-0 lead, Kelsey let one match point slip by and narrowly lost several deuce games before winning 6-3. “Kelsey raised her game another notch midway through the opening set. We’ve been talking about reaching another level of play and tonight I saw progress in that 8 game run.” Manchester varsity moves to 5-3 with a 2-2 week and loses to two state ranked teams. “We are one class tennis so this is still Hoosier Hysteria where the little teams compete against the schools 5 and 10 times their size. Our girls and program are starting to get some recognition for our efforts.” The JV matchups ended in a close 4-3 Lady Squire victory which moved their record to 6-2. After singles wins at FW Carroll, singles players Alexa Donathan (8-2) and Morgan Stroud (8-1) continued their winning ways. “Both Alexa and Morgan really moved well on the court, stroked the ball with improved form, and played aggressive yet controlled tennis. “I love the way Morgan plays with intensity and that winning desire.” Donathan moved up to the top JV singles spot. “As a freshman who is relatively new to tennis, Alexa in making great strides toward playing varsity tennis for us.” Another freshman, Maggie Myers, also won with ease (8-2) showing her passion and bright future for Manchester tennis. The final Manchester win came off the rackets of juniors
Hallie Wampler and Briley Spann in a come-from-behind victory. Down 3-6, the duo would win 4 straight and lead 7-6 before going into a 7-7 tiebreaker and winning 7-4 points. “Hallie is really impressive with her dominate serve and strong net play. Briley plays to win and joined together they won a close one tonight.” Look for Manchester’s next match on May 1 at Whitko and then home against a solid Huntington North team on Wednesday, May 2 at home.

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