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Lily Theis hits a forehand return in her match with SEB’s Lacey Crosby.

Pierce County’s Lady Bears reached the Class AAA “Elite 8” with home wins in the first two rounds of the state tournament.

The Region 1 champion Lady Bears had absolutely no trouble in beating Region 4 fourth-seed Richmond Academy 5-0 Monday, April 19, in the playoff opener.

PCHS followed with a 5-0 victory over Region 3 runner-up Southeast Bulloch in a second round pairing Thursday, April 22.

The Lady Bears host Region 5 runner-up Greater Atlanta Christian today (Wednesday, April 28) at 2 p.m., with a “Final Four” berth on the line.

A new champion will be crowned in 2021. Pace Academy won the last girls’ title in 2019 and currently resides in Class AA.

First Round

Lady Bears 5

Richmond Acad. 0

PCHS rolled to five 6-0, 6-0 victories in turning back the Lady Musketeers.

In singles action, Jenna Bennett beat Aurelia Boch. Lily Theis downed Nana Myrick, and Gracie Christopher stopped Ann Brodie Beach.

The No. 1 doubles team of Kennedi Sikes and Hannah Thigpen knocked off Isabelle Goodwin and Jane S. Adams with the No. 2 duo of Cheyenne DeJaynes and Auri Gunter beating Lacy Koltz and Margaret Summers.

Second Round

Lady Bears 5

Southeast Bulloch 0

The Lady Bears dropped just nine games to easily beat SEB.

Pierce County sealed the victory with straight set wins in the singles competition. Bennett downed Haylee Dye at No. 1 winning 6-1, 6-0. Theis recorded her second straight 6-0, 6-0 victory in the state tournament beating Lacey Crosby at No. 2. Christopher downed Hadley Saxon 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 3 position.

The No. 1 doubles duo of Thigpen and Sikes notched a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Ella Melton and Reagan Boyles with the No. 2 tandem of DeJaynes and Gunter posting a 6-2, 6-1 win over Madelyn Reid and AnnaKate Higgs.

Correction

There was an error in last week’s article on the Lady Bears’ winning the tennis title. Gracie Christopher’s match with Coast Carter at No. 3 singles was played with Carter winning 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

The Times regrets the error.