The Southwood Lady Knights traveled to North Manchester to take on the Lady Squires in the last regular season match. Number 1 Singles player, Baylee Swain, played well against Kelsey Eichenaver. Her forceful returns and serves made Eichenaver work for her win. Swain was also complemented on her fair play and great sportsmanship against a really tough opponent.
Madison Snyder returned to the line-up after being out for due illness in the number 2 singles position. Snyder has a good eye for the ball, is able to concentrate and return during long volleys, and is growing into a very good singles player. Halle Briner took both sets 0/6, and 1/6 but the score does not indicate the level of play that Snyder brought to the courts last night.
Another player returning after a bout of illness was Breklynne Swisher in the number 3 singles slot. Swisher, who usually plays doubles with Benner, took on the new position with some trepidation but played well against Eva Bazzoni before losing the match 0/6, 1/6. Swisher who is not quite back to 100% seemed to tire in the second match but preservered to to the end.
The varsity lineup was changed pairing Allison Steele with Ariel Benner for the number 1 doubles team. This was the first time the duo had played doubles and while they did not take a win they did score against the more powerful and experienced Manchester team of Anna Osborne and Halie Wampler. Steele served well and was very effective at the net. Benner also served well and returned some well placed volleys that the Lady Squires were not able to return. At the end of two sets Manchester had taken the match 2/6, 1/6.
The number 2 doubles team of Shyla Judy and Anne Ridgeway, playing together for the third time this season, are working better as a team scoring 2 points in the first set and 1 point in the second against Morgan Stroud and Alyssa Marvel. The Lady Knights are small, quick, and communicate well together. This is a pairing that could develop into a force to contend with next season.
The Lady Knights will begin the Sectional against Maconaquah on Wednesday at 5:15.