Mauldin, Christ Church advance to Upper State finals

Mauldin, Christ Church advance to Upper State finals


Mauldin, Christ Church advance to Upper State finals


Playing on their home courts Thursday, Mauldin and Christ Church easily advanced to the girls’ state tennis finals.

The Mauldin Mavericks (24-0) shut out Irmo, 6-0, and continued their streak of 64 consecutive wins stretching back to 2009.

With the victory, the two-time defending champion Mavs captured the Upper State title in Class AAAA.

“We had two really big wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles (Jordan Paul and Madeline Weih),” said Mauldin coach Laura Gurley.

In singles play, Ansley Speaks won at No. 1 for Mauldin, Sydney Patton at No. 2 and Lexi Stewart at No. 3. Mauldin’s No. 2 doubles team, Hayley Behal and Alex Patton, secured the final point.

Irmo coach Suzanne Gray said her team went 17-3 this season, including 10-0 in region play.

Mauldin will face Dutch Fork for the Class AAAA state crown at noon Saturday at the Cayce Tennis Center .

“They’ve worked hard. They want it again,” Gurley said. “I’ll tell them to play like they have all season. They’re very strong this year.”

Christ Church (15-2) claimed the Class AA/A Upper State Championship with a 5-1 win over the Governor’s School (Hartsville) on Thursday.

At No. 1 singles, the Cavaliers’ Olivia Lucas pushed her undefeated record to 19-0 this season.

Emory Cannon of Christ Church lost at No. 2 singles, but No. 3 Gracie Walls survived a tiebreaker to capture her singles point for the Cavaliers.

Christ Church’s Sitton Furman (No. 4) and Pryce Caulder (No. 5) won their singles matches in straight sets as did the No. 2 doubles team, Anna Pieper and Paula Pieper,

The Cavaliers are the five-time defending Class A state champions and will go for the state title at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cayce Tennis Center.

This year Class AA and Class A have been combined. Christ Church coach Sherry Adams said she’ll learn today the opponent her team will face.

If the Cavaliers meet powerhouse Bishop England, Adams noted, “We’re very deep. If we compete like we did (Thursday), it will be a battle.”


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