Despite Father Ryan forfeiting the number six singles and three doubles positions, Wilson Central could not overcome a strong Lady Irish squad in a 5-4 loss.
Wilson Central (9-5) fell behind after the first two doubles match with sophomores Jacey Staggs and Savannah Westbrook being upended by Nicole Balmaceda and Tina Lemm 8-6 at the number two spot.
Number one doubles saw a tightly contested match as the senior duo of Jennifer Beckham and Lani Lee held match points at 8-7, but could not convert as the team of Carley Goetz and Reed Sparta forced a tiebreaker. With the score tied at 4-all, Goetz and Sparta broke away by winning the last three points of the tiebreaker for a 9-8(4) win.
Westbrook temporarily tied the match back up as the sophomore held on for an 8-5 win at number three singles overs Sparta, but Goetz quickly gave Father Ryan the lead again as she defeated Staggs 8-1.
Junior Cassie Joslin dropped her match at number four singles by an 8-2 count to Balmaceda, but Wilson Central tied the match back up as Beckham defeated Emily Allen 8-2.
Father Ryan clinched the match at Lemm defeated Lee in a long battle at number two singles with a 9-7 win.
The District 9AAA team tournament begins Thursday as The Lady Wildcats finished third and will play Mt. Juliet, the number two seed. Mt. Juliet defeated Wilson Central 4-3 last month. Top seeded Hendersonville takes on Lebanon in the other semi-final.