The primary courts at Beaufort High School will look different next fall.
The top four members of the Eagles girls tennis team will have moved on, replaced with new faces. These Class 4-A playoffs are the final shot with this familiar, experienced group. And Beaufort High is trying to make the most of it.
The Eagles rolled during Tuesday's opening round, defeating South Florence 6-0 while not dropping a set. Beaufort High hosts Lexington on Thursday.
Not looking past South Florence proved an easy task. Beaufort High coach David Riedmayer tried to get his players to think of the playoffs as a second season, to put all their focus and energy into the next two weeks and that, no matter what, the season would end after that stretch.
Riedmayer knew a little of what to expect from South Florence from having seen the team at a tournament earlier in the year. The Bruins don't have much experience, he said, and coach Allison McKain, who also coaches the South Florence girls soccer team, has had to work hard to recruit players from within the school.
But Riedmayer didn't share many of those thoughts with his players. He wanted them sharp.
"You just have to keep your 'A' game," said Beaufort High sophomore Shaye McAulliffe, who won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. "You can't expect them to be easy, like they were today."
South Florence No. 1 Taylor Hyman was the only Bruin to win more than one game, forcing several rallies during her first set with Beaufort High's Charlotte Bellomy, but Bellomy won 6-3.
The Eagles otherwise rolled into the second round with Lexington. The Wildcats are the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAA and have booted Beaufort High from the playoffs the past two seasons.
The match was close in 2011, with the Wildcats winning 4-2 at home. Now the Eagles enjoy home court. And with Lexington missing a couple names from the previous season and having finished second in its region, Beaufort High sees an opening.
"I think it's going to be really close, a good match to see," Riedmayer said. "We'll see what happens."
This will be the last shot for the current Eagles to get past a Midlands power. Three of the top four in the singles lineup -- Bellomy, Kelsey Butler and Addie Everidge -- are seniors. And McAulliffe will be moving out of the area.
The past two seasons, Beaufort High has only had to deal with losing its No. 1, and the previous season's No. 2 has stepped in each time. A bigger transition awaits.
Riedmayer and the Eagles hope to ride their experience as long as possible.
"There are younger kids coming up that are working hard and could fill in some shoes," he said. "Four players is hard to replace, especially with the experience."
Beaufort High 6, South Florence 0
Singles: No. 1 Charlotte Bellomy (B) def. Taylor Hyman 6-3, 6-0; , No. 2 Shaye McAulliffe (B) def. Channa Harris 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 Kelsey Butler (B) def. Emma Pound 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 Addie Everidge (B) def. Alicia Fischer 6-0, 6-1; No. 5 Zoe Brais (B) def. Brittany Coleman 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles: Austen Stoddard/Katie Newell (B) def. Mirella Manilla/Ari Roberts 6-0, 6-1.