The 2017 tennis season officially came to a close for the Lady Houns last week, with Aurora number one Grace Fairchild finishing in third place individually.
Fairchild, seeded second in the tournament, started with a bye, then earned a win over Makenna Lewis of College Heights. Fairchild then fell to Audrey Neighmond of Thomas Jefferson (6-2, 6-0) to move to the third-place match.
There, she met teammate Sarah Woodall, who had also received a bye as the third seeded player and then defeated Brandy Loftis of Mt. Vernon. Woodall fell to TJ's Hayley Neighmond in the semifinals. Fairchild was an 8-3 winner over Woodall in the third place matchup.
In doubles play, the pair of Amber Gorman and Lauren Sapiens received a first-round bye before falling to a team from College Heights, while the pair of Hannah Estes and Alexis Hoftiezer fell in the first round, also to College Heights.
The Lady Houns, who finished 6-6 overall in team play, gained great varsity experience over the season and improved greatly from last season, according to Coach Ray Perry. They will look to build on that experience and improve even more next season.