Larisa Muse CT

Pioneers freshman Larisa Muse won the conference singles title but could not get out of the first round at regionals on Oct. 22.

BOONE — There were no deep tournament runs this year for the Watauga Pioneers girls' tennis team. Despite having five players in the NCHSAA 4A regionals in Charlotte, none will be moving on to the state tournament in Raleigh.

Watauga sent two doubles pairings — conference runners-up Madison Ogden and Amira Younce and conference champions Sienna Davidson and Jillian Russert — as well as Larisa Muse, who played in singles. While it was a single-elimination bracket, anyone who made it through the first two rounds and into the top-four would have a place in the state tournament on Oct. 29-30.

Muse was given the challenge of East Mecklenburg’s Sydney Uhlir in the first round. Against the Charlotte school’s top seed in her own backyard, Muse lost the match 6-0, 6-2.

Watauga did not fare much better in doubles play, seeing the Younce/Ogden pairing fall to Charlotte Catholic’s Ella Sixbury and Caroline Nelson 6-0, 6-4.

Russert and Davidson managed to win their first round match up 6-0, 6-1, but that put them in the path of Mia Basinger and Carson Weber, a top duo from the powerhouse Myers Park program. The Pioneers pair kept it close, but narrowly missed out on a spot at the state tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 loss.

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