The Pierce County Bears  dropped a pair of tough 3-2 decisions on the tennis courts last week in Region 1-AAA action.

Dodge County handed the Bears (8-4 overall, 3-3 region) the first loss last Tuuesday with Appling County doing likewise Thursday afternoon.

“We have a lot of talent,” said head coach Millie Walker, “but, we have to put it together and finish off the opponent when we are up after winning the first set. We need to really focus on closing the match in two sets. We are close and will fine tune serving and closing the point in a game”

Pierce traveled Tuesday to Brantley County and will host Savannah Arts Academy Thursday in region action.

Dodge County 3 - Bears 2

PCHS could not overcome a 2-1 deficit in singles play splitting the doubles action against the Indians.

Pierce’s lone singles win came at No. 2 with Mason Bennett winning a 6-2, 7-5 decision. Jake Herrin fell at No. 1 singles with a 3-6, 5-7 loss. Jacob Sauls lost in three sets 6-1, 2-6, 1-6.

The No. 1 doubles team of Rhett Peeples and Eric Smith also lost in three sets 6-1, 1-6, 2-6. The No. 2 duo of Caleb Williams and Allen McIntosh posted a 6-1, 6-3 win.

Appling County 3 - Bears 2

A sweep of the doubles action have the Pirates the victory over Pierce in which four of the five matches, including all three singles, went the distance.

Herrin survived to win 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 at No. 1 and Bennett escaped with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 victory at No. 2. McIntosh fell 4-6, 6-3, 2-6 in his match at No. 3.

Appling County picked up a straight set win at No. 1 doubles with Peeples and Sauls falling 3-6, 0-6. Williams and Fernandez lost 3-6, 6-1, 3-6 at No. 2.