Hilton Head High’s reign as Class 4A girls tennis champs officially ended Thursday, when the Seahawks dropped a 4-3 decision to newcomer Lucy Beckham in the Lower State championship.
After falling to the Bengals twice in Region 7-4A play, the Seahawks earned the rematch they coveted — and they closed the gap. But Beckham was too strong at the top of the lineup.
Hilton Head High won only one court in the most recent battle with the Bengals on Sept. 24, but the bottom of the order flipped the script Thursday to give the Seahawks a shot at returning to the title match. No. 4 Danielle Silvan and No. 5 Madeleine Pollitzer won in straight sets, and Sierra Seabra rallied after dropping the first set to win at No. 3.
The Bengals’ powerhouse duo of Piper Chaney and Ella DeFord took the top two singles matches, though, and Beckham’s Annie Wilbourne and Kayla Fergus rebounded after losing the first set to win at No. 2 doubles and force the match to a deciding No. 1 doubles contest.
Beckham’s duo of Chaney and Perrin Rogers was too much for Hilton Head High’s Emily Ruckno and Seabra, winning 6-4, 6-1 to send the Bengals to the championship match.
1. Piper Chaney def. Emily Ruckno 6-1; 6-2
2. Ella Deford def. Hailey Poplin 6-3; 7-5
3. Sierra Seabra def. Parrin Rogers 4-6; 6-2; 10-3
4. Danielle Silvan def. Kaia Reiter 6-1; 6-4
5. Madeleine Pollitzer def. Lila Small 6-4; 6-4
1. Piper Cheney/Perrin Rogers def. Emily Ruckno/Sierra Seabra 6-4; 6-1
2. Annie Wilbourne/Kayla Fergus def. Katie Watts/Gracie Fader 4-6; 6-3; 10-5