The Copperheads’ Eric Finley returns the ball during his singles match against Irmo Thursday afternoon.

The Catawba Ridge boy’s tennis season came to an end at the hands of Irmo in the second round of the 4A state playoffs.

Catawba Ridge finished the season at 8-3 and were Region 3-4A champs, but came up short Thursday in the playoffs falling 4-3.

“They broke us early and stayed up on the sets,” said Catawba Ridge head coach James Martin. “I am proud of what we have done. I am excited about their future.”

The Copperheads dropped matches one through three, but came back to tie things up winning the fourth and fifth matches and No. 2 doubles forcing a match with No. 1 doubles.

In single play for Catawba Ridge, No. 1 player Devin Hartzog fell 6-0, 6-0 and No. 2 player Eric Finley fell 6-4, 6-1. Aiden Liles lost at No. 3 singles for the Copperheads 6-0, 6-1. At No. 4 singles, Catawba Ridge picked up the win with Charlie Gallagher getting a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Sammy Mullis added to the Copperheads total with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles.

Catawba Ridge tied the match at 3-3 with No. 2 doubles team of Koen Tesamale and Cade Gainey winning 7-6, 6-1 forcing the No. 1 team of Hartzog and Finley to team together. Unfortunately for Copperhead fans, Irmo won the No. 1 doubles match 6-2, 6-3 and will play in the third round Monday, May 2.

Mac Banks:, @fortprep