The Richmond Hill High School girls tennis season ended on a good note this week with a hard-fought loss against Crisp County in the state tournament.
The girls were eliminated in a match that could have gone either way. The scorebook read 3-0 as the match was stopped at that point.
Emily Stephens stepped down due to an illness and was replaced by Fiona Baer. Baer was still on the court and staging a comeback. Sofia Donleavy was up a set and on serve in the second. Replacement Brittany Ivester fought through every point but dropped her bout. Both doubles teams, Cristina Rodriguez, Emily Li and Nicole Dupasqier, Lauren Trivitayakum played even until the final game but were both edged out in two sets.
The girls walked off the court proudly, knowing that they improved as the year went on and surpassed their goal by finishing in the top 32.
For the boys state match, the Cats took out Cairo in a one-sided match. All seven boys posted two-set wins.
Michael Zhu, Chris Noonburg and Jason Trankle all scored 6-0 wins. The doubles teams of Ethan Lane/Nick Balas and John Rush/Kyle Guither had little trouble with their respective wins.
The boys team is on track for a final four showdown. They need two more state wins to get there. They will host Spalding County on Monday and will see either Columbus or Crisp County in the quarterfinals.