On Saturday the Eaton girl’s tennis team traveled to Mason for the famed Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Tournament where the Eagles were selected to participate in the top flight along with Mason, Indian Hill, St. Ursula Academy and Mason B team. These were some of the top teams in the entire State so the Eagles were gearing up for some fierce competition. Unfortunately they were struck with a couple of untimely injuries that prohibited a couple of girls from finishing the day.
At 1st singles Macy Hitchcock was unable to go and Anna Kramer at 2nd doubles had to pull out in just her 2nd match effectively taking her partner Haneet with her.
Despite the injuries, the Eagles had one bright spot and that was Grace Murphy playing in the 3rd singles position. Grace had a strong day sweeping all four matches played and earning her 1st place at 3rd singles. She went up against some solid competition and played fundamentally sound tennis. She beat Mason A 8-5, IH 8-4, SUA 8-3, and Mason B 8-2. And she was even hurting in the end. Thank goodness her day was done because she would not have been able to play another one.
Sister Sophia split her matches at 2nd singles by going 2-2 for the day. She had losses to Mason A and Indian Hill right off the bat but finished strong with winning the next two. She even avegened a loss from earlier in the week to SUA by winning convincingly 8-1. I was glad to see her get that win but really wish it could’ve be earlier in the week.
1st doubles Tess Murphy and Erika Wilkinson had a rough day at the office but all was not lost. They finished the day at 0-4 but suffered a really close loss in the very first match which had a carry over effect. They were paired up against SUA who they had just beaten a few days earlier in a close match. This time SUA got the better of them winning 9-8 (6). We had some simple errors at some key moments and that was the difference. From there the competition just got stronger. Even though they didn’t get a win they started doing some stuff better. Attacking balls at the net, hitting smarter balls from the baseline. They were forced to elevate their game in which they did. If they can keep that same level of play going through our end of season tournaments they should find some success.
Ultimately that is what this day was about. There was no pressure with these matches. Go have fun, play some of top talent in the area, and see if we can improve our games to benefit us in the weeks to come. Needless to say but Eaton finished last as a team due to the defaults at 1st singles and 2nd doubles. Mason won the tournament while St. Ursula Academy finished 2nd.