The Pierce County Bears split with Brantley County an Savannah Arts Academy in a pair of Region 1-AAA tennis affairs last week.
The Bears were beaten 5-0 by region leader Brantley County. The Herons finished unbeaten in region play. Pierce bounced back to knock off Savannah Arts 5-0.
“That was a tough loss to our rival,” said head coach Miller Walker of the Brantley County match. “Right now we are in the middle of the pack at 4-4 in region play. We have to step up to work for a spot in the top four in our region.
“The guys have been focusing on footwork, confidence and closing games out. We have a great group of young men.”
Rhett Peeples is the lone senior on the squad. He played his last home match against Savannah Arts unless the Bears finish first or second in the upcoming region tournament.
The Bears closed out their regular season Tuesday at Ware County.
The region tournament will begin the second week of April with the top four seeds hosting first round action. The semifinals and finals will be played in Savannah at the Bacon Park Tennis Complex.
Brantley County will enter the tournament as the top seed for the second consecutive year. The Herons will face the winner of the “play-in” match between No. 8 Tattnall County (1-7) and No. 9 Toombs County (0-8). Islands (7-1), the No. 2 seed, will host No. 7 Tattnall County (2-6). Appling County (6-2), the No. 3 seed, will host No. 7 SEB (2-6). No. 4 seed Dodge County (5-3) will host No. 5 seed Pierce County (4-4).
Brantley County 5 - Bears 0
The Herons had little trouble in knocking off PCHS securing the victory in singles action.
Jared Johns recorded a 6-0, 6-3 win against Jake Herrin at No. 1 singles. Kyle Chapman posted a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Mason Bennett at No. 2. Hunter Yawn completed the singles sweep with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jacob Sauls at No. 3.
Brantley’s No. 1 doubles duo of Grant Jacobs and Kade Chapman had no trouble in winning 6-0, 6-1 over Rhett Peeples and Eric Smith. The No. 2 tandem of Nick Alligood and Andrew Spradley knocked off Caleb Williams and Allen McIntosh 6-4, 6-2.
Bears 5 - Savannah Arts 0
PCHS got back to winning form beating the Panthers with straight set victories.
Herrin had the toughest match at No. 1 singles holding off Stephen Bohlmann 6-3, 6-4. Bennett posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Jack Beamon at No. 2. Sauls’ forfeit win at No. 3 sealed the match.
In doubles action, Smith and Dalton Fernandez recorded a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 1 while Williams and McIntosh rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 2.