The semi finals of the Peru girls tennis sectional were held Thursday. Manchester defeated Wabash 5-0 while Southwood got by Maconaquah 3-2.
Southwood got on the board first as the #2 doubles tandem of Haleigh Snyder/Courtney Andrick got off to a fast start before the Maconaquah pair closed the gap. But the Knights held on for a 6-4 first set win, and rode that momentum to a nice 6-1 win in set two. At # 1 double, Emily Gwillim/Kyrstin Gouveia struggled with consistency in their shots but were able to squeak out a 7-5 6-4 win to put Southwood ahead 2-0. It would be a long time before the Knights could secure the match winning third point.
In singles action, Maconaquah won close first sets by either 6-4 or 7-5 at all 3 spots. At #1 singles, Drue Gentry could not overcome the first set loss and dropped set two 3-6 as Maconaquah climbed back into the match . Fortunately, Southwood players Lorynn Hunt and Allison Steele were able to bounce back with nice set two wins as Lorynn won 6-3 and Allison won 6-4. So, as those two matches went to the third set, Southwood needed to win just one of them while Maconaquah needed both. Both were close early in set three. Lorynn gained the momentum and pulled ahead 5-2 only to see her opponent storm back to tie it at 5. Lorynn then held serve to go up 6-5, and her opponent was then able to force a decisive third set tiebreaker. As that progressed, Allison maintained a one game lead at each changover until a late break of serve gave her a chance to serve for the match. Meanwhile, Lorynn fell behind in the tiebreaker. Allison came through with a strong service game and ended the match with an ace and gave the Knights the clinching point just moments before Maconaquah took the tiebreaker at #2 singles to make the score 3-2 Southwood.
We have not received the Manchester/Wabash individual stats and will add those when received.
Southwood and Manchester will now play for the sectional championship at 5:15 Friday.