The Pierce County Lady Bears had their 2016 tennis season end with a Class AAA first round loss to Westminster.
The Lady Bears lone win in the 4-1 setback to the Region 4 runner-up came at No. 1 singles with Liza Hurst rallying from a set down to win 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 (tie-breaker).
“The girls did not go down easily against Westminster,” said head coach Kathy Bradley. “We played well and won a lot of games on them. The match was determined, but we let Liza finish out here match. She can walk away from her high school career saying she won her last match.
“Although we lost, it was special to watch Liza finish on top after such a successful high school career. It’s hard to walk away each season, but it’s especially hard to walk away knowing I will not be getting this group of girls back again. We will be rebuilding but those returning have a lot of potential if they will work at their game on the off season.”
The Lady Bears are losing four players in Hurst, Meagan Wright, Deanna Jones and Regan Sikes. Returning for PCHS will be upcoming seniors Haley Theis, Sadie Marfil and Amber Holland; upcoming juniors Angel Musgrove and Jenna Parr, and rising sophomore Mabrie Johnson.
The Lady Bears were one of two Region 1 members to fall in the matchup against Region 4. Appling County, the region fourth-seed, fell 4-1 to Blessed Trinity. Region 1 champion Savannah Arts blanked Towers 3-0 and region runner-up Brantley County beat Decature 3-0.
Against Westminister in singles action, Wright fell 6-0, 6-1 to Mackenzie Stewart at No. 2 and Jones dropped a tough 6-4, 7-5 decision to Zoe Carson.
PCHS’s No. 1 doubles team of Strickland and Theis were beaten 6-4, 6-0 by Gabi Burros and Cyan DAnjou. The No. 2 duo of Sikes and Marfill lost 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).