Girls Varsity Tennis · Girls Varsity Tennis finishes 2nd place at SWBL Championships; Gets first ever league champion.

  Place Points
Eaton High School 2nd 52

Friday September 27th the Eagles traveled to Centerville HS to compete in their league tournament. Entering the tournament in 2nd place trailing league powerhouse Oakwood by just 2 points the Eagles were hoping to gain some ground on their rival by the end of day. A season ago, Eaton found themselves in the finals at every position facing Oakwood and this season we thought the same thing might happen but not before Bellbrook had something to say about it.
After winning first round matches, 4 of 5 positions had to face Bellbrook in the semifinals and based on our regular season match with them we anticipated challenging matches. 2nd singles Sophia Murphy was focused and dialed in and she was able to win without much struggle, rolling to 6-0, 6-1 win.
Grace Murphy, at 3rd singles had to endure a close first set in which she was trailing for quite a bit of it. It was a slow start for Grace. She was having trouble getting used to the wind and most of the points she was losing was self inflicted. She was beating herself more than anything. That’s the good news because that is something you can control and fix. Which is exactly what she did. She turned her game around just in time to win the first set 7-5. That was key because that really deflated her opponent and Grace won the second set easily 6-1.
Both doubles teams created a lot more work than necessary but found a way to persevere. 1st doubles, Tess Murphy and Erika Wilkinson were on a virtual rollercoaster during their first set versus Bellbrook. The girls were behind 5-0 right off the bat then rebounded dramatically by winning six straight games putting a ton of pressure on their opponents. Then in glorious fashion, Eaton loses the set in a tiebreaker. I’ve seen a ton of tennis and I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone lose a set after coming back that far down. If nothing else, that woke our girls up and they won the next two sets 6-2, 6-0. Tess and Erika are certainly resilient and entertaining as well.
2nd doubles Anna Kramer and Haneet Kang also let one slip away. After winning the 1st set in true back forth fashion it looked like they were going to get the 2nd set fairly easy as they were up 5-2. However, not to be out done by 1st doubles they proceeded to lose the next 5 games and force their own deciding 3rd set. Once again , nerves and anxious play kicked in as they could not get across the finish line in the 2nd. In the 3rd, they were able to get back to their game and pull off the win by winning 6-2.
At that point, it was basically a repeat of last season and a repeat of our dual match against Oakwood. Unfortunately, the doubles teams expended a ton of energy in their previous matches. Tess and Erika lost 6-0, 6-0.
Anna and Haneet put up a good fight losing 6-1, 6-3. At 3rd singles, Grace just couldn’t get anything going as she fell 6-1, 6-1. Sophia looked sharp at the onset and played some strong points but just couldn’t capitalize on the right points, losing the 1st set 6-3. Previously, Soph went three sets with this opponent but today the girl made a strong stand and won the second set 6-1.
At first singles, freshman Macy Hitchcock went in as the first seed and not surprising, found herself in the finals in a highly anticipated rematch with Oakwood. Right at the start this match had a different feel than the first one. Oakwood was highly motivated and looking to even the score and for the first time all season won the first set over Macy by a score of 6-3. The 2nd set was a true popcorn set as it lasted well over an hour with both girls playing their hearts out and playing some incredible tennis. It even reached the point where Oakwood was up 5-4 and had three match points but give Macy credit for coming up big on three separate occasions saving those match points and ultimately getting the 2nd set to a tiebreaker. And that’s when the momentum shifted to Macy. She won the 2nd set 7-6(7-3) and that completely took the wind from the sails for Oakwood. From their she maintained her level of play and stayed aggressive winning the third set 6-2. Becoming Eaton’s first ever league champion as an individual. Let alone at first singles. This was a great match and test for her. This was the first time she faced some real adversity and she had to mentally challenge herself to stay in that match. The hope here, is that it’s a real wake up call as she and the other girls prepares for sectionals where you can’t have any slip ups or your season is over.
When the dust settled, it was Oakwood 57 pts, Eaton 52pts, Bellbrook 41, Monroe 27, Valley View 22, Brookville 6, Franklin 5.
For the second year in a row, Eaton matches their best finish in 2nd.