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