Eaton tennis wins six in a row, finish with a winning record in the SWBL


By Jeremy Erskine - jerskine@civitasmedia.com



EATON — Don’t look now, but the Eaton tennis team has found itself on a six-match win streak.

The Eagles closed out the week with wins over Madison, Wayne, and Southwestern Buckeye League foe Valley View. They also earned another key win over Brookville the week prior.

The hot streak has set the Eagles up to finish with a winning record for the first time in a long time.

“They really have been winning in true team fashion,” said head coach John Hitchcock. “Our Brookville match was probably our best win since I took over coaching and probably the most exciting. Four out of the five positions had to go to a deciding third set and we were very fortunate to win three of them.”

The Brookville matchup took place on Tuesday, Sept. 1 with Eaton’s doubles teams of Kyra Houle and Honoka Sato as well as Barbara Ann Grant and Mariah Brewer coming away with big wins.

The Eagles number one singles player, Tess Flynn, also battled back from a set down to win one of her best matches this season, according to Hitchcock.

“I’m extremely pleased with the way they hung in there and continued to fight even when things weren’t going their way. That shows mental toughness,” he said.

The Eagles opened up the week against Madison for some crossover league play on Tuesday, Sept. 8, where they put together two big doubles wins for a 3-2 victory over the Mohawks.

Flynn also got a victory for Eaton, beating her Madison opponent in three sets (6-3, 2-6, 6-3). Rebecca Wolf and Maria Kern both dropped their singles matches in three closely contested sets as well.

Houle and Sato won their doubles match handedly, shutting out their opponents in two sets. Grant and Brewer won in two sets as well, upending Madison 6-4, 6-4.

The Eagles traveled to Huber Heights the next day, Sept. 9, where they beat Wayne 5-0 to continue their hot rackets.

All five varsity players won in two sets, only losing 14 total games on the day. Kern, as well as Houle and Santo, all did not lose a single game on the day.

They ended the week against league opponent Valley View on Sept. 10, where their 4-1 victory guaranteed a winning season in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwest Division for the tennis program.

“I was really pleased and happy for the team win,” said Hitchcock.

Flynn beat her opponent, Sara Snyder, in two sets (6-4, 6-2). Flynn had lost to Synder the year prior, so the victory was a nice redemption for the number one singles player. Wolf also beat her opponent 7-6 and 6-4.

Both doubles squad earned victories in two sets as well. The number two doubles team of Grand and Brewer finished SWBL play with a 5-1 record and are 12-3 overall.

Eaton currently sits at 9-6 overall and 4-2 in league play, finishing third in the SWBL standings.

“I’m very proud if this group. After a sluggish start they have got it rolling,” said Hitchcock.

Eaton was scheduled to travel to Centerville and Milton-Union on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 14-15. They are scheduled travel to Lehman Catholic on Wednesday, Sept. 15 for a 4 p.m. contest, before hosting Northridge on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.

The Eagles close out the regular season at Edgewood on Monday, Sept. 21.

By Jeremy Erskine

jerskine@civitasmedia.com

Reach Jeremy at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @jerskine_RH.

Reach Jeremy at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @jerskine_RH.

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