Catawba Ridge’s No. 1 singles player Lilly L’Esperance returns the ball during her match Thursday. Photos by Rob Upton Photography.

Both Catawba Ridge and Nation Ford girls’ tennis teams advanced to the second round of the playoffs Thursday, while Fort Mill girls’ tennis season came to an end.

Two years ago, Catawba Ridge fell to Eastside in a tiebreaker match, but Thursday night the Copperheads beat them in the opening round of the 4A playoffs by a 4-2 score.

Getting wins for Catawba Ridge were No. 1 singles player Lilly L’Esperance 6-3, 6-0 and Nala Uter at No. 3 singles 7-5, 6-3. Also winning in singles for the Copperheads was Sydney Biggers at No. 5 singles 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.

Catawba Ridge wrapped up the match taking the No. 2 doubles match 6-0, 6-1 with Ava King and Gracyn Root winning.

The Copperheads will now travel to South Aiken Tuesday, Oct. 25 for the second round.

In the 5A tennis playoffs, Nation Ford beat Hillcrest 4-2 to move to the second round.

Winning for the Falcons was Tori Baldino at No. 1 singles with a straight set win at 6-0, 6-1. No. 4 and No. 5 singles for Nation Ford also got wins. Isabella Neff picked up a 4-6, 6-2, 10-4 win in three sets at No. 4 singles and Eva Arnautovic won 6-0, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.

In the only doubles match, Nation Ford’s Alexa Brenner and Ansley McDonald won 6-4, 6-4 for the Falcons.

Nation Ford will remain at home for their second-round match playing JL Mann at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Fort Mill’s season came to an end with a 6-0 loss to TL Hanna on the road. Fort Mill finishes the season with an 7-8 record overall.


The Nation Ford Falcons won their opening round match of the 5A state playoffs with a 3-0 win over Spring Valley. Nation Ford won 25-10, 25-12, 25-9 and moves to the second round at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 25 to host Woodmont.

The Fort Mill volleyball team had their season come to an end falling to Byrnes in the first round of the 5A state playoffs with a 3-1 loss. Fort Mill fell 23-25, 25-23, 12-25, 15-25 in the match and finished their season at 16-11 overall.

The Catawba Ridge volleyball team had a first round bye and will open the 4A playoffs with a second round match Monday, Oct. 24 against South Aiken.

Mac Banks:, @fortprep

Nation Ford’s Isabella Neff was one of the winners for the Falcons to help get them to the second round of the playoffs.