Epic tennis rivalry in Harrison edges West Lafayette

WEST LAFAYETTE – Take care of your own business and the match will take care of itself, said Sneha Manikhandan.

The Harrison sophomore did not know how difficult or how stress-packed the situation would become.

But Mandikhandan could sense that more and more people had started to watch the fence along the strand to her number. 2 singles match against West Lafayette’s Lore Sebatta.

Manikhandan was trailing almost the entire third set and that pressure started to mount.

“Definitely when it came to crunch, I was getting a little nervous,” Manikhandan admitted. “I played in the USTA (United States Tennis Association) when I was in Texas and coming back is always kind of my thing.”

It was a razor-thin margin by Harrison’s 4-1 victory over Cumberland Courts and Manikhandan Accounted at Monday night.

Harrison player Emma Gu fires a back-hand at Harrison Raiders at West Lafayette Red Devils girls tennis match, Monday Apr.  11, 2022 in West Lafayette.

Harrison sophomore no. 1 singles player Emma Gu already had a 6-0, 6-0 win over Amy Wang and Harrison’s No. 1 singles player. 2 doubles team of Bella Maynard and Gracie Buck defeated Margaret Prokopy and Hannah Park 6-2, 6-0, meaning the Raiders needed just one more point to win.

When West Side’s Lauren Kish and Leandra Suter topped Melannie Madson and Ainsley Heinz 6-1, 6-0 at no. 1 doubles, it made the singles match at no. 2 and 3 intense.

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