Byrd’s girls tennis doubles pair of Avery Bryan and Abby Inabnet advanced to the Division I championship before falling in a third set Wednesday to Dominican’s Lilly LaBiche and Morgan Forshag at ULM.
The Yellow Jackets seniors lost the first set 6-1 before storming back for a 6-4 win, but the Dominican tandem was too strong and won the last set 6-0.
The Byrd duo beat another Dominican pair in Rachel Beck and Madison Artigues 7-5, 6-2 in the semis earlier Wednesday.
Bryan/Inabnet led the Byrd girls to a runner-up team finish. This is the second consecutive season that Bryan has advanced to the state championship match.
“They played their hearts out,” said Byrd coach Karen Jantz. “They lost the first set (in the championship) but came back strong in the second set.
“They were disappointed they didn’t win. But in my 16 years as head coach here, this is the first time we’ve finished runner up. This was a great season, and four of our eight entries were freshmen.”
Caddo Magnet’s Jacy Chan advanced to the Division II singles semifinals before losing 6-0, 6-0, to eventual champion Caroline Fruge of St. Thomas More.
Chan is just a freshman, and even though she’s a ranked U-16 player, coach Laura Addington said the high school state tournament is a higher level of competition.
“She’s still got three more years,” Addington said. “There is more competition at this stage, and I know she learned a lot from facing these girls, especially from South Louisiana.
“She has great family support to get this far … and a freshman making the semifinals is a big deal.”
Competition in Division III, Division IV and Division V begins Thursday in Monroe.
Benton: The Tigers’ 322 team total was good enough to take the Division II (Districts 1 & 2) regional championship at the windy Links on the Bayou in Alexandria.
Jacob Wyatt’s 77 led the way for Benton and was one stroke behind medalist Nolan Timon of North DeSoto who shot 76. The Griffins fnished in third place as a team with a 336 to qualify for the state tournament to be played next week.