Manchester tennis traveled to Culver Academies for the IHSAA girls regional to face Plymouth.
Manchester would give great effort but come up short in the 1-4 team loss. Senior Kelsey Eichenauer lost to a very consistent yet hard hitting player 1-6, 1-6. Eichenauer, however, would play many solid points and come up short in games. Kelsey ends her 4 year varsity career with 4 conference and 4 sectional championships, the most of any Lady Squire netter ever. “This is an amazing accomplishment, and I was honored to coach such a dedicated athlete and winner,” commented Coach Eichenauer. The other Manchester seniors, Anna Osborne and Halie Wampler, would fall 2-6, 2-6 but also give a good battle. “These two ladies stepped into the top doubles spot this year and played their hearts out with their wilson blade series tennis racquets. I’m so proud of their improvement, integrity, and leadership,” shared Coach Eichenauer. The 2 doubles team of Rebekah Pyle and Alyssa Marvel played a strong second set but lost 1-6, 3-6. “Despite some nagging injuries the past several weeks, these two players really gelled together. They communicated well, and we have high tennis expectations for them next year,” replied Coach Eichenauer.
Eva Bazzoni was the next to last player off showing toughness and talent in her 2-6, 1-6 loss. “Eva’s match was much closer than the score reflects. She just keep getting better this season up to the end. With two years of varsity play, Eva looks to anchor the team next year. She had an impressive 15-6 record at 3 singles after playing 1 doubles as a freshman,” said Coach Eichenauer. The final match was Halle Briner at 2 singles. After a slow start and trailing 1-5, Briner would develop a successful strategy. Halle would win 3 straight but lose the set 4-6. In set two Briner would trail 1-2 before getting on a roll and winning 4 consecutive to lead 5-2. Plymouth would rally for 2 games before the Manchester sophomore would close the set 6-4. In the deciding set 3 Briner would continue her successful play using smart placement, opportunistic net play, and defensive lobs to baffle her opponent. Leading 3-0, a long 8 deuce game would ensue in which Halle would fight off many ad outs. Finally breaking through 4-0, Briner would quickly close out the match to win 6-0. “Halle gave us all something to cheer about after some tough losses. Halle’s win brings her yearly record to 16-5. This was a great way to end an excellent season for everyone.” Manchester concluded the year at 13-5 and a perfect 8-0 TRC mark. The Monday evening before, Three Rivers All Conference teams were voted. The top (3 of 5) singles players were all from Manchester: 1) Kelsey Eichenauer, 2) Halle Briner, 3) Eva Bazzoni. The best 6 doubles players included Anna Osborne and Halle Wampler, Manchester’s top duo. Rebekah Pyle would be named Honorable Mention all conference too.
The other regional match of Warsaw vs. Culver Academies began at 7:30pm indoors afterwards with Warsaw squeaking out a 3-2 win.