Nation Ford’s Lauren Padgett returns a shot during her match against Gaffney Wednesday afternoon.

It hasn’t been the best year for the Nation Ford Falcons tennis program, but they are still in the hunt for a playoff spot.

The Falcons beat Gaffney for their second Region 3-5A win of the season Wednesday with a 5-1 victory. They are now 2-5 in the region with one more region match on the docket at Clover Thursday. Overall Nation Ford is 2-9 on the season.

Against Gaffney, Nation Ford moved around their lineup and didn’t see much of an issue. The Falcons got wins in No. 2-5 singles and No. 2 doubles. In No. 2 singles, Bella Neff won 6-4, 6-3 for Nation Ford and No. 3 singles Ava Baldino won 6-2, 6-2 also for the Falcons.

Nation Ford saw Alexa Brenner win at No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-1 and Ansley McDonald win at No. 5 singles 6-0, 6-0 for the Falcons as well. Carly Jacobson and Annie Reagan won in No. 2 doubles for Nation Ford 6-0, 6-0.

Depending on how things turnout at Clover, Nation Ford could get either the third or fourth seed coming out of the region. Tennis playoffs for 5A start Thursday, Oct. 21. Nation Ford would be on the road as a three or four seed in the opening round.

Mac Banks:, @fortprep