JONESBORO, Ga. — The senior-laden Greenbrier girls tennis team entered the state semifinals with an undefeated record and plenty of high hopes.
But as was the case in their three previous trips to the Final Four, the Wolfpack couldn’t quite get over the hump and into the final.
Greenbrier exited the Class AAAA playoffs with a 3-0 loss to defending state champion Marist on Saturday at the Clayton County International Park Tennis Center.
That short-circuited the program’s latest attempt to reach the championship round.
The loss was not as lopsided as it sounded. Greenbrier was winning the other two matches when Marist clinched its third point.
The Georgia High School Association requires all matches to cease at that point.
So the scorebook will show a 3-0 loss that was closer to a 3-2 loss.
“They fought. They battled. They left everything they had out on the court,” said coach Brittany Jackson.
Greenbrier was playing in its fourth consecutive semifinal, a level of success made possible thanks largely to a group of five seniors.
The loss to Marist was the first of the year for Greenbrier, which finished the season 15-1.
Greenbrier’s Blaire LaSure lost a 7-6, 6-4 decision
to Marist’s Mary Elizabeth Shatley at No. 1 singles. Morgan Taylor was beaten 6-1, 6-1 by Kelsey Williams at No. 2 singles. The No. 1 doubles team of Brooke Sanderson and Lauren Batchelor lost to Erin McDevitt and Jenna Kane, 6-2, 6-1.
Greenbrier’s Katie Krupp was ahead at No. 3 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Heather Frazier and Molly Lee was leading when the matches ended.
“We definitely thought we’d get back to the Final Four this year,” Jackson said. “We knew we had a chance to make the final, because this is the strongest team we’ve ever had.”
Greenbrier might have been hurt by the two-plus hour rain delay that met teams on Saturday morning.
The Wolfpack, who stayed in Atlanta on Friday night, arrived at the tennis center at 7:30 a.m. and warmed up for about an hour in anticipation of a 9 a.m. start.
But about the time the teams got on the court and told to get ready, they were called off because of the rain.
The delay didn’t help Greenbrier’s chances.
Marist, which had won the championship the past three years, was knocked off by Johns Creek 3-1 in the final. Johns Creek also won the Class AAAA boys title.