Columbia County’s balance of power appears to have shifted in girls high school tennis.
Greenbrier once ruled the courts, winning region titles and advancing to the state’s final four in each of the past four years. The Lady Wolfpack lost five seniors, and Lakeside now has a talented, hungry team, as evidenced in Thursday’s 5-0 victory.
Lakeside had played four matches entering the match, and the Lady Wolfpack were playing their season opener.
“It’s nice to finally beat Greenbrier,” said the Lady Panthers’ No. 1 singles player, Kayla Hergott. “I don’t think they’ve lost a match in season in four years. It’s nice coming in knowing we can win.”
Hergott, a junior, defeated Greenbrier’s new No. 1, Morgan Taylor, 6-1, 6-0.
“I’ve still got a lot of work to do,” said Taylor, who recently finished basketball season. “Hopefully before region I’ll be ready.”
Taylor Richards and Anneliese Leahy picked up the other singles wins for the Lady Panthers (4-1, 1-0 Region 2A-AAAAA), while Alexis Ellis and Sara Hess and Katie Burton and Brittany McLeod recorded doubles victories.
Lakeside’s boys, playing with three freshmen in singles, beat Greenbrier (0-1, 0-1), 4-1.
Sam Dromsky, Drew Harris, and Elliot Bull got the ball rolling for the Panthers (4-1, 1-0) as they earned straight-sets victories.
Freshman William O’Gorman and sophomore Andrew Bowles picked up the Panthers’ doubles win while Greenbrier’s Andrew Hester and Grant McCracken triumphed in the other doubles match.
“I like how focused they are as freshmen and how good they’ve been,” Lakeside coach Miranda Whitmire said of her four freshmen. “They’ve really steppped up as leaders.”