1st singles Macy Hitchcock defeated Lily McCloskey 6-2, 6-1.
2nd singles Sophia Murphy lost to Sarah Hall 4-6, 6-3, 4-6.
3rd singles Grace Murphy lost to Sophie Russell 2-6, 4-6.
1st doubles Tess Murphy and Erika Wilkinson lost to Connelly/Purks 1-6, 0-6.
2nd doubles Anna Kramer and Haneet Kang lost to Schnell/Ritschel 0-6, 1-6.
On Monday, the girl’s varsity tennis team traveled to Oakwood for the highly anticipated showdown between two of the top teams in the area and for 1st place positioning in SWBL as both teams were undefeated in league play. Eaton entered the match at 12-1 and Oakwood was 10-0. Last season, Oakwood finished as the 4th best team in the State for Div II and they returned every starter for this season. Garnering them once again as the 4th ranked team in the State. We were fully aware of what we were up against but this season we knew we had a chance if our singles positions played some of their best tennis ever. This is in no way disrespecting our doubles teams because they came ready to play. We just don’t have the type of depth that they do. Nobody does in this area.
And sure enough, our singles players made it a match. Oakwood even had to change their everyday line up to match up with us. They knew Grace was a threat at 3rd singles so they pulled their 3rd best player from doubles just to play Grace. Which proved to be a good move. In the early goings, the first set started close then Grace lost any momentum she had. In the second set, she started fast and jumped to a 3-0 lead but then hit a lull and just couldn’t get enough going to get the second set to force a third set. Grace was actually playing good tennis but her errors seemed to come in the key points which cost her. Older sister Sophia, was playing some phenomenal tennis at second singles. After failing to snag a highly contested first set, she rally backed with beautiful passing shots and won the second. Then continued strong in the third set but you could definitely see the energy level dropping from both girls as they were approaching almost 3hrs of play. It really looked like Sophia was going to pull that match out. She led the entire way but at the 4-3 change over the legs just went and so did her shots. Her opponent won 3 straight games to get the win. To get their only point for the match the Eagles had to do something that has never been done in the history of the girls tennis program and that was to beat Oakwood at first singles. Luckily, freshman Macy Hitchcock was ready for the challenge. Macy played an amazing brand of tennis and stayed focused from start to finish. She was very familiar with her opponent. She is a two time state qualifier and has been named player of the Year for the past two years. Macy used all of that and then some has fuel for her match and she hit hard and clean on her way to a 6-2, 6-1 win.
Unfortunately, this is very likely the first of many matches between these two. So hopefully she can keep the same intensity and mindset in the future ones. The win keeps Macy undefeated on the season at 19-0 and really helps position her as being one of the top seeds at sectionals.
Overall, I’m really proud of the heart and fight we showed in this match. I am disappointed that we didn’t get the win because we definitely proved it was obtainable. However, years ago, this would’ve been just an after thought match and we would’ve been happy winning some games. Not with this team. I was also very happy with our fan base as we had many from the community make the trip over to help cheer us on. That has never happened before. It definitely took Oakwood by surprise because it was standing room only.