ELIZABETHTOWN — The Lady Eagles swept the first three singles matches on Thursday against Pender County, but could only take one of the remaining six matches, falling to the Lady Patriots in the Four County Conference’s regular-season finale.
East Bladen finished the regular season at 1-7 and will now prepare for the conference tournament in Clinton on Wednesday, where the top three singles and top three doubles teams will advance to the regionals.
Kathryn Cole got things rolling for the Lady Eagles with an 8-0 whitewashing at No. singles. Leighanne Kelly followed up with an 8-3 win at No. 2 and Justayna Gargala gave East Bladen a 3-0 edge with an 8-4 win at No. 3.
Carlin Ferguson put up a valiant effort at No. 4 singles for East Bladen before taking a heart-breaking 9-7 loss. Morgan Pridgen also put up a big battle at No. 5, but also fell by a score of 8-5, and Laney Cross had a tough match at No. 6 and fell 8-1.
In doubles action, Cole and Kelly teamed up to take the No. 1 match by an 8-1 verdict, but the teams of Ferguson and Pridgen, as well as Bailey Kersey and Jennifer Munoz, each fell by 8-4 scores.
— In Burgaw on Thursday, the Lady Patriots of Pender County swept West Bladen in a Four County Conference matchup by the scores of 25-6, 25-18 and 25-21.
The loss drops the Lady Knights to 9-8 overall and 7-4 in the conference.
Taylor Stephens led West Bladen with 12 service points and seven digs, while Morgan Sweeney contributed 10 service winners and five digs. Mallory Davis chipped in six kills and five blocks, while Courtney Thompson had four blocks and three kills.
— In Elizabethtown on Thursday, the Lady Eagles battled back after a first-game blowout against Heidi Trask, but the Lady Titans went on to sweep East Bladen by the scores of 25-10, 25-20 and 25-23.
The loss drops the Lady Eagles to 5-10 overall, 3-8 in the conference.
Abbey Norris led East Bladen with 11 kills, while Lacey Suggs had four kills. The trio of Lexie Mendell, Miller Heustess and Cassie Hancock each tallied a pair of aces for the Lady Eagles.