To do what the seniors on the Lady Wolfpack’s tennis team did Friday morning will be hard to duplicate.
The Greenbrier High girls entered the day as three-time defending Region 2-AAAA champions, facing Lakeside for the 2012 crown. Despite the Lady Panthers putting up a good fight, Greenbrier walked away with their fourth consecutive title, winning 4-1.
“We really wanted to win the region overall,” said Greenbrier senior Molly Lee. “Being at home will make things so much easier in the states.”
The Lady Wolfpack (12-0) are the No. 1 seed heading into the state tournament and will get to host throughout. Lakeside (13-3) will host at least a first round match as well, entering as a No. 2 seed.
“It was tough match. They had to fight for it,” said Greenbrier head coach Brittany Jackson. “That’s what they’ve needed. They’ve had so many matches where they just breezed through it.”
Getting through the Lady Panthers was definitely not a breeze Friday, nor all year, even though Lakeside's only losses came to Greenbrier.
Though the outcome had long been decided, Lakeside sophomore Kayla Hergott and Greenbrier senior Blaire LaShure typified the kind of day it was. The two went shot-for-shot, returning sure winners and battling for every point. Hergott pulled out the win, beating LaShure in the third set, 12-10.
Greenbrier’s doubles team of Heather Frazier and Lee got the team on the board with its first win. Morgan Taylor won a third-set tiebreaker and Katie Krupp won in straight sets to clinch the win.