Eaton tennis suffers hard week, loses three

By Oliver Sanders -

EATON — The Eaton Lady Eagles tennis team lost three straight matches last week, falling to Preble Shawnee, 5-0; Milton-Union, 4-1 and Centerville, 5-0.

“As you can see we had a tough go of it this week, going 0-3,” said Eaton coach John Hitchcock. “Our first opponent Preble Shawnee was too formidable to handle.”

The team traveled to Milton-Union on Tuesday, Sept. 20. In this event, the Eagles were without No. 1 singles player Quinlyn Sittloh. The No. 2 doubles team of Addie Bell and Sam Gramaglia pulled out the lone victory for the day, winning 6-1, 7-5.

Freshman Brianna Ward filled in on third singles. No. 1 and No. 2 singles Madison McKinley and Allison Cave, bumping up from the second and third spots, were both shut-out, 6-0, 6-0.

Eaton ended the week at Centerville on Wednesday, Sept. 21, still without their best player.

“We lost 0-5 but all five courts played some real good tennis,” said Hitchcock.

“Madison McKinley held her own at first singles and played tough, losing 6-1, 6-0,” Hitchcock said. “Brianna Ward had a very competitive match and she made her opponent really work for the 6-1, 6-3 loss.”

No. 1 doubles Katelyn Niehaus and Tori Studebaker lost 6-1, 6-4, as did No. 2 doubles Bell and Gramaglia, 6-2, 6-1.

“At second singles, Allison Cave hustled and fought for every point in her match, but her fellow senior opponent was too much for her,” Hitchcock said. Cave lost, 6-1, 6-1.

This leaves Eaton with an overall record of 9-9, with one match scheduled at Talawanda on Monday, Sept. 26, before the SWBL league tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Sectionals are up next week.

By Oliver Sanders

Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683- 4062 or in Twitter @osanders_RH

Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683- 4062 or in Twitter @osanders_RH