The Christ Church girls tennis team won its sixth Class A championship in the past seven years Saturday, but this title had a tribute attached to it.
The 6-0 victory against East Clarendon at Cayce was all about honoring former Cavaliers teammate Meghan McManus. While vacationing in Alaska with family, McManus died in a plane accident on July 7.
“It is a special team,” Christ Church coach Sherry Adams said. “I’ve never seen the kids be so close to one another. The entire season was dedicated to Meghan.”
The Cavaliers created T-shirts to honor Meghan. The girls placed Meghan’s initials, MAM, on the front of the shirts over their hearts and a cross with first names of the McManus family members who died on the left sleeve.
The Cavaliers donned the shirts during warm-ups before Saturday’s match.
Meghan’s best friend, Olivia Lucas, won the No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-0. The team captain and only senior on the team, Lucas has been a leader on and off the court for Christ Church this season, Adams said.
“The best way that Olivia could keep Meghan’s memory alive was to be the best person she could be,” Adams said.
“Meghan was such a great person,” Lucas said. “She taught me a lot about being quick to love and slow to anger, being a good sport even when things aren’t going your way, and to have fun on the court.”
Anna Thompson won the No. 2 singles match 6-1, 6-0, and No. 3 singles player Sitton Furman won 6-0, 6-1. Gracie Walls won at No. 4 singles match 6-1, 6-3. Nila Veerabagu won the No. 5 singles match 6-0, 6-1.
Paula Pieper and Jenna Taylor wrapped up the sweep with a 6-0, 6-4 victory in the No. 2 doubles match.
“We just have a lot of depth throughout our rotation,” Adams said. “We had great support. Our athletic director, headmaster, and parents were all there to support us.”
“It was really exciting,” Lucas said. “Everyone played really well. Everyone was very spirited and we really wanted to win badly.”