Manchester hosted Huntington North in an annually close and competitive matchup. Having taken 3 of the last 4 seasons by a 3-2 score, Manchester had hopes of topping an experienced Lady Vikings team. Huntington North would score first at 1 doubles as Kendra Auler and Eva Bazzoni played a close first set before losing 4-6. The second set saw Auler and Bazzoni unable to pull through with any of the deuce games and lose 0-6. Lydia Little would tie the score at 1-1 with a dominating first set 6-0 and a consistent second set 6-4. “Lydia really took control of the match early, and then she countered her opponents adjustments just enough to stay one step ahead. I was pleased with the way Lydia closed out the match winning two straight games.” The Lady Vikings would soon go ahead with their victory at one singles. Kelsey Eichenauer enjoyed a 2-1 lead to open the match but struggled to overcome Huntington North’s play to break through and win more games. Manchester, however, took the two doubles matchup with Lauren Metzger and Rebekah Pyle methodically winning great points andclose games for a 6-2,6-2 victory. “Lauren and Rebekah are really beginning to gel together. I see energy being created as they start points strong and increase their aggressiveness.” The decisive point came down to two singles which pitted HN seniorversus Manchester freshman Halle Briner. After a slow start, Briner turned a 0-3 deficit into a 4-3 lead. Her opponent pulled out the final three games for a 4-6 Manchester loss. Set two saw a better Briner start and once again a 4-3 lead. And again,Huntington North’s savvy veteran proved too much as set two ended in an identical score. “While we lost tonight, I saw growth and improvement, especially at doubles. It was nice to get pushed in singles and our young girls will be prepared for next year as the Lady Vikings lose 4 seniors plus a solid exchange student.” Manchester’s team depth became more apparent in JV play as they won 8-3. Anna Osborne scored another singles win 8-2 while freshman Alexa Donathan continued to shine in a 8-3 singles victory. Osborne and Donathan paired together to also win a competitive doubles set 7-5. Erika Kendall and Cora Barnett also thrilled in their tiebreaker doubles win 8-7 (7-2). Briley Spann and Morgyn Jimenez were double doubles victors as they won 8-0 and then replayed extra Lady Vikings girls winning a tiebreaker at 5 all for a 6-5(7-3) score. Sarah Metzger paired with Maggie Myers to come from behind at 5-6 to post an 8-6 win. And finally, Brylee Kerr and Guri Hoidahl won a quick 6-2 set bringing the JV count to an 8-3 Lady Squires win. Manchester JV improves to 8-2 while the varsity drops to 6-4. Next week Manchester plays at Tipp Valley on Monday, hosts Northfield for senior night on Tuesday in a rain makeup, and travels to Peru on Wednesday at 5:00.