Unfortunately for the Gallia Academy High School tennis team, the Blue Devils were on the wrong side of the number “4” this past week.
That’s because the Blue Devils dropped a pair of non-league matches by identical 4-1 scores, and thus their record dipped to an even 4-4.
In fact, Gallia Academy has now lost four of its last five, with only a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League win over Athens last Monday.
On Tuesday, the Blue Devils traveled to Chillicothe and lost 4-1, followed by a 4-1 loss at Wheelersburg on Wednesday.
Wheelersburg handed Gallia Academy its first loss of the season — a 3-2 decision 10 days ago.
Against Chillicothe, all of the matches were in straight sets — and Gallia Academy’s only win was senior Adriana Wilcox0n sweeping Sean McCorkle 6-2, 6-0 at third singles.
At first singles, Joseph Herlihy of Chillicothe swept Pierce Wilcoxon 6-2, 7-5.
At second singles, Will Krieger swept Miles Cornwell of the Blue Devils 6-4, 7-6.
The Cavaliers claimed sweeps in both doubles matches as well, as Gallia Academy only earned three points.
At second doubles, Max Krieger and Wissler Pierce defeated Dekota Metzler and MiKayla Edelmann 6-2, 6-1.
Gabby Lapurga and Ryan Littler blanked the Blue Devils’ Katie Carpenter and Olivia Meadows (6-0, 6-0) at first doubles.
Against Wheelersburg, Adriana Wilcoxon won again at third singles — and blanked Isaac Mullins (6-0, 6-0).
Drew Jackson of the Pirates swept Pierce Wilcoxon at first singles 6-3, 6-0.
Cornwell lost at second singles to Zach Colley 7-5, 6-4.
The Blue Devils nearly netted a win at second doubles, but lost in three sets after winning the opener.
Metzler and Meadows played Seth Pertuset and Tait Nelson, and won the opening set 7-6.
But the Pirate pair rallied to win, taking the second set 6-2, before winning the third set 7-6.
Edelmann and Jenelle Stevens were blanked at first doubles by Ben Allen and Zack Jordan.
Gallia Academy returns to the road, and returns to SEOAL action, on Monday (April 25).
The Blue Devils are 2-1 in the SEOAL, trailing league leader Jackson (3-0) by a game.
Logan is 0-4 in league matches.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106