1st singles Sophia Murphy won over Meredith Fitch 6-4, 7-6(4)
2nd singles Grace Murphy lost to Taylor Falb 4-6, 6-2, 4-6.
3rd singles Tess Murphy lost to Hannah Fugate 3-6, 4-6.
1st doubles Addie Bell and Brianna Ward won over Emma Lehman and Madison Silveira 6-1, 6-1.
2nd doubles Anna Kramer and Erika Wilkinson won over Paige Barnes and Amelia Black 6-0, 6-2.
Going into Tuesday’s match with Milton Union, the Eagles knew it was going to be a strongly contested match. Earlier in the season, at the Schroeder Invitational, the sisters Murphy had very tough matches with all three of Milton’s singles players. Grace was the only one to get the win that day but she really had to push herself to get it. Tuesday was no different as she had the most grueling match. She went three sets for about two and half hours but did not get the win. She definitely took the girl out of her normal game and made her play completely defensive but in the end it worked to her advantage. I commend Grace for her effort especially because she was down 0-4 in the 3rd set and fought all the way back to 4 all. At 3rd singles Tess Murphy’s opponent was last year’s first singles player which reflects how strong a team Milton is currently. Tess played very well but her opponent was on her game and had an answer for everything Tess did. In another dog fight match, Sophia played a long drawn out two sets that saw her get the 3rd and deciding court. She raced out to a big league then had to hold off a fierce charge from her opponent. And in the second set she trailed the entire way but eventually got it to 6-6 to force the tiebreaker. Even in the tiebreaker her opponent saved 3 match points before Sophia finally closed it out.
This was a true team win today because it would not have happened at all without strong play from our doubles teams. We knew they kind of held the advantage on paper but you still have to go out play the match. Any given day you can lose. So Sophia”s match would have not been as dramatic had Addie and Brianna at 1st doubles and Anna and Erika at 2nd doubles lost their matches. The doubles teams have been playing well and will need to continue to do so as the team starts down the home stretch of their season. The team is now 8-2 overall in dual matches.