1st singles Macy Hitchcock defeated Kate Taylor 6-0, 6-3.
2nd singles Sophia Murphy defeated Claire Soller 6-4, 6-3.
3rd singles Grace Murphy defeated Logan Wilhelm 6-1, 6-2.
1st doubles Tess Murphy and Erika Wilkinson lost to Lucy Neville and Caroline Soller 6-4, 1-6, 3-6.
2nd doubles Anna Kramer and Haneet Kang lost to Ella Malafa and Annie Byers 1-6, 0-6.
On Saturday, Eaton made another familiar trip to the Cincinnati area to face off against Mariemont for a match with something on the line. This was the 2nd round of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association (OTCA) State Team Tournament. Unfortunately for the Eagles the site locations of home or away are predetermined ahead of time. So after a tight away match with Sycamore the night before where the girls won 3-2, it seemed like deja vu all over again. The two matches were eerily similar to one another. Our doubles teams were facing more strong competition and being really challenged. However, all three singles stepped up to take care of their courts securing the 3-2 win and advancing the team to the semi-finals where they will face off with a very familiar opponent in Oakwood.
The match felt closer than what it actually was. We didn’t quite have our A game but our singles players never were really threatened, even on Sophie’s 2nd singles court. Despite the close score, it was really Sophie’s match to lose. Sophie wasn’t being outplayed, she was just donating more than her fair share of points. With that said, credit must be given to the other team. They were very motivated and really embracing the underdog role. They played with nothing to lose and that was certainly evident on the doubles courts. Anna and Haneet were completely out of sorts right from the start and couldn’t get anything going. I’ve seen much better play and energy from them. I’m not sure if we could’ve won at 2nd doubles but I know our girls could make that much more competitive. At first doubles, Tess and Erika experienced another tough defeat. This time in 3 sets. Even though the match was already in hand, these girls were playing for pride and there was still a lot of energy surrounding this match. Simply put, this is where Mariemont outplayed us. They controlled the net better than we did and made fewer mistakes. That was the difference. I’m proud of Tess and Erika’s effort and I feel for them as well because they took the loss hard.
Thankfully Macy and Grace avoided the drama and brought us two wins in relatively quick fashion. Each of them only dropping 3 games each.
Overall the Eagles are 11-1. They’ll prepare for Wilmington at home on Wednesday and then at Brookville the following day.