After failing to win a game against powerhouse Manheim Township, the Elizabethtown girls tennis team rallied in its next match to defeat Penn Manor, 7-0.
Kaitlyn Smith, Elizabethtown’s No. 1, went to a third set to record a hard-fought victory, 6-4, 4-6, 11-9. Claire Hackenberg (6-0, 6-1), Maddie Musser (6-2, 6-1) and Lauren Masser (6-2, 6-1) were able to handle their matches in more convincing fashion.
Coach Brenda McBride was complimentary of Smith’s victory coming out of the top spot.
“We had a good, solid win. Kaitlyn Smith really had to fight for her win at the No. 1 position in both doubles and singles,” McBride said.
Musser was her doubles partner and the duo earned an 8-5 victory. Elizabethtown’s two remaining doubles tandems combined to win their matches 16-0. Hackenberg paired with Emily Oyler and Emma Musser played with Masser.
“Hackenberg really played well in both singles and doubles. She plays with a strong underpin on both her forehand and backhand side, which most players are not used to seeing,” McBride said.
The match, played on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Penn Manor, reflected some improvements that McBride was hoping to see her players make following their play against Manheim Township.
“I was very pleased with how aggressive the girls played at the net in doubles. Overall, just really happy with the balance of constancy and aggressive play from all the players,” McBride said.