Lady Squires win

Northfield's Chloe Miller concentrates on returning the ball against Manchester. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

The Manchester girls tennis team continued its torrid early season start with a 5-0 win over Northfield on Wednesday, April 17, at Northfield.

The Squires gave up just 11 games in five matches on its way to the win.

Kelsey Eichenauer got things started with a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over Northfield's Macie Sears at No. 1-singles.

“Kelsey looked and played like a top area player tonight,” Manchester coach Joel Eichenauer said.

Sophomore Halle Briner was just as dominant at No.2-singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over the Northfield's Kelcie Thomson, followed by Manchester's Eva Bazzoni with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Chloe Miller at No. 3-singles.

“Halle went from outlasting [Thomson] to seizing opportunities to hit winners,” Eichenauer said. “Eva pressed at times early in each set before improving her tempo and groundstrokes for success.”

Northfield put up more of a fight in doubles play but couldn't overcome slow starts.

At No. 1-doubles, Manchester's Anna Osborne topped Evin Whetstone and Lyndsey Carter 6-0, 6-4, while the Squires' No. 2-doubles team of Rebekah Pyle and Alexa Donathan beat Tori Bogert and Allysa Haupert 6-0, 6-2.

Manchester improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in Three Rivers Conference play.

Northfield bounced back with a 5-2 win over the Squires.

In singles play, at No. 1-singles, Northfields's Ashley Lyons beat Kayla Hippensteel 8-2, while teammate Nikki Drancik beat Abbie Wampler by the same score.

At No. 3-singles, Manchster's Emma Pyle beat Cassandra French 8-3.

Northfield won three of the four doubles matches.

At No.1-doubles, Autumn Custer and Annie Schuler beat Roma Kauer 8-2, while Custer and Shuler also played No.3-doubles and beat Brylee Kerr and Hailey Miller 6-2.

Custer teamed with Nikki Drancik at No. 4-doubles and got the best of Cassie Newman and Addie Haecker 6-4.

Manchester's only doubles point came at No. 3-doubles where Briley Spann and Kayla Metzger beat Meredith Haupert and McKenzie Roth 8-6.

Posted on 2019 Apr 23