The Lady Squires clinched their third consecutive Three Rivers Conference Championship with a strong 4-1 victory at Peru. With the win Manchester remains perfect in TRC play at 7-0 with a final match Monday at Southwood. All other teams
have two or more losses. Manchester quickly scored its first team point with a Lydia Little shutout 6-0,6-0 at three singles. Meanwhile, Kelsey Eichenauer had her hands full losing to a consistent, athletic Peru #1. Despite winning numerous points, Eichenauer only turned the scorecard once in her favor falling 1-6,0-6. The second point came when the two doubles team of Lauren Metzger and Anna Osborne (playing in place of Rebekah Pyle [band concert]) finished with momentum. After a few errant returns led to Peru hanging close, Metzger served well and Osborne hit some well placed shots to take set one 6-4. In set two the Manchester duo really poured on the power and net play blanking Peru 6-0 for the match. Next off was the one doubles team of Kendra Auler and Eva Bazzoni. After losing game one, they tallied six straight games for a 6-1 opening set. After dropping the next two games 0-2, Auler served with power and Bazzoni shone at the net to win four straight. Manchester stayed a step ahead the rest of the way leading 5-3 and 5-4 before putting the Tigers away 6-4. Just moments later, Halle Briner finished off a stellar performance as she finished off a hard hitting opponent. Briner lead the whole way stretching a 3-2 lead to 5-2 before claiming a 6-3 set one win. The second set saw more smart play by Halle taking a 2-1 lead and finishing off the match 6-1. Manchester also won all four JV matches as Erika Kendall and Morgan Stroud easily took singles while Hallie Wampler paired with Guri Hoidahl and again with Morgan Stroud for doubles victories. Manchester varsity moves to 9-4 on
the season while the junior varsity is now 11-2. After Southwood on Monday, sectional play is Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at Peru 5pm. The Lady Squires will go for their third straight sectional crowns.