FORT MILL — Consider the tallest hurdles cleared for the Nation Ford Lady Falcons tennis team, as the girls close in the Region III-AAAA title.
Nation Ford beat Lancaster and Fort Mill last week to remain perfect at 10-0 in region play. With roughly two weeks to go, the Lady Falcons need to get past Rock Hill and South Pointe next week to secure at least a tie for the title.
Clover has just two losses in Region play, both to Nation Ford.
Head coach Ann Lamba said the team has really been strong when it counted.
“They are playing better and better,” she said. “The girls have been clutch in clutch situations. In the clutch, they have played with a lot of heart.”
Against Fort Mill, Nation Ford won 4-2. No. 1 Suzanna Goss beat Rachel Brooks 6-3, 6-0. No. 2 Lauren Schneider beat Reagan Paff 6-4, 7-5. No. 3 Jordan Sawyer beat Ellie Prain 6-1, 6-1 and in doubles Susie Clark and Annie Morgenstern teamed to beat Mya Reeves and Jamie Davis 6-1, 6-1.
Earlier in the week, Nation Ford shutout Lancaster 6-0, as the Lady Falcons dropped just one game in the entire match.
Winning for Nation Ford was Goss (6-0, 6-0), Schneider (6-0, 6-0), Sawyer (6-0, 6-0), Tanashia Thomas (6-0, 6-0) and Peyton Kinsey (6-1, 6-0) in singles matches. Clark and Morgenstern also won 6-0, 6-0 in doubles.
Fort Mill fell out of region title contention by losing to both Nation Ford and Clover.
The Lady Jackets fell 4-3 to Clover after dropping both doubles matches. Winning for Fort Mill was Brooks 6-2, 3-6, 11-9; Paff 6-4, 7-6 and Jessica Zahn 6-1, 6-2.
The Lady Jackets sit in third in the region behind Nation Ford and Clover and will take on York and Rock Hill next week.