West Buckland School’s under-15 girls’ tennis squad finished among the top 16 in the country in the National Aegon competition.
Playing in the South West regional finals of the event at Exeter University, they were beaten in the semi-finals by Prior Park (Bath), despite a great effort.
That sent the West Buckland pupils into the third-place play-off against South Wiltshire Grammar, when Evie Bishop lost narrowly in a tie break.
Chloe Parry, riding high on her birthday, came back from 4-1 down to win her singles game 6-4 and Mia Morris won her match by the same scoreline.
But Millie McLintock and Martha Macdonald narrowly lost their tie break, giving South Wiltshire a hard-fought 4-2 victory.
A West Buckland spokesperson said: "This was a significant milestone for the school's tennis and was further evidence of the strength in depth of both the boys' and girls' teams."