They say that all good things must come to an end.
For the Gallia Academy High School tennis team, its lengthy winning streak in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League ran into an “Ironmen” wall on Thursday.
The Blue Devils — the three-time defending SEOAL champion — had its 28-match league win steak snapped by the Jackson Ironmen, as Jackson defeated Gallia Academy 4-1 at Jackson’s YMCA Courts.
The loss actually marked the second in as many days for the Blue Devils, which fell against visiting Wheelersburg 3-2 in a non-league duel on Wednesday.
But prior to Thursday, the Blue Devils last lost in league play on April 23, 2012 — when Portsmouth beat them 3-2 en route to winning that season’s conference championship (2012).
Gallia Academy is now 3-2 on the season, and 1-1 in the SEOAL.
Jackson is 2-0 in the league, as Gallia Academy (April 4) and Jackson (April 11) both had league matches against Athens postponed in the past two weeks.
Athens is 1-0 in the SEOAL, thanks to its 3-2 triumph over Logan on Thursday.
The Bulldogs’ makeup matchups against Jackson (April 26) and Gallia Academy (April 27) are set for the end of this month, as Logan has played all three of its matches — and is 0-3.
Against the Ironmen, Gallia Academy’s only victory was junior Miles Cornwell at second singles.
He swept Evan Coyan 6-1, 6-1.
Jackson junior Connor Radune blanked Adriana Wilcoxon at first singles (6-0, 6-0), while Austin Evans swept the Blue Devils’ Dekota Metzler at third singles 6-1, 6-3.
The Ironmen also swept the two doubles encounters, including Celeste Stiltner and Christian Stepp at second doubles over Olivia Meadows and Katie Carpenter (6-1, 6-1).
At first doubles, Caden Southard and Travis Stevens of Jackson won a three-set contest over Gallia Academy’s Pierce Wilcoxon and MiKayla Edelmann.
The Blue Devil duo won the first set 7-5, but dropped the final two sets by identical 6-4 scores.
On Wednesday with Wheelersburg, Gallia Academy swept the second and third singles matches in straight sets.
Cornwell swept Zach Colley at second singles 6-3, 6-4, while Adriana Wilcoxon claimed a 6-0, 6-1 win over the Pirates’ Isaac Mullins.
In a three-set first singles bout, Drew Jackson of Wheelersburg outlasted Pierce Wilcoxon 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
The Pirates rolled to wins in the two doubles tilts, as Zack Jordan and Ben Allen blanked Metzler and Meadows at first (6-0, 6-0).
Tait Nelson and Seth Pertuset swept Edelmann and Jenelle Stevens at second doubles 6-1, 6-1.
Gallia Academy returns home, and returns to SEOAL action, against Athens on Monday.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106