1st singles Macy Hitchcock lost to Elizabeth Pendergast 0-6, 0-6.
2nd singles Sophia Murphy lost to Emily Jennewein 3-6, 3-6.
3rd singles Grace Murphy won over Kathleen Davin 6-2, 6-2.
1st doubles Tess Murphy and Erika Wilkinson defeated Ellen Scott and Molly Sprong 6-3, 7-6(3).
2nd doubles Anna Kramer and Haneet Kang lost to Eugenia Campus and Holland Howe 3-6, 4-6.
On Tuesday the girls tennis team headed south to take on another top team from the Cincinnati area. Going into the match the St. Ursula Academy team was ranked #7 in the State for Div 1 and featured the top ranked player in the Southwest and arguably the State.
For the Eagles to have a chance at the win they were going to have win it in a different fashion than what they normally do.
There were no surprises here. We pretty much knew that we had to win from the bottom up. Meaning both doubles teams and 3rd singles were going to have to step up because our top two players were going to have very difficult matches. And that’s how it exactly played out. Unfortunately we couldn’t get that third point.
Grace Murphy played a solid and steady match at 3rd singles like she has all season and came away with a nice win. Tess and Erika also had a good day on the court as they were able to hold off their opponents who were starting to gain momentum in the 2nd set. We were still holding on to hope as Anna and Haneet had climbed back in the 2nd set after being down 2-5. They managed to get it back to 4-5 and just needed one more to keep our chances alive but they were unable to break serve.
At the top two spots it was a rough day at the office. Macy simply got rocked and she didn’t even really play bad. Her opponent was on fire and simply took the racquet out of Macy’s hand by blasting winners left and right. Her opponent, a commit to play tennis for the University of Cincinnati, could easily win State at Div 1 with that level of play.
At 2nd singles, Sophia Murphy battled a strong opponent but battled consistency. She was getting games and even after losing the first set she jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second which caused us to have some hope but then the wheels fell off and she didn’t win another game.
Not to take anything away from SUA but I think some of our players were looking ahead to the Oakwood match and we’re not entirely focused as they should have been for a high caliber team like SUA.
The loss was just the second of the year for the Eagles bringing them to 13-2. Then comes the monster showdown with Oakwood the very next day.