The Mauldin High girls tennis team has posted some impressive numbers the past three years.
The Mavericks won three consecutive Class AAAA state championships and were 65-0 during that time, including 21-0 last season.
Several players who had major roles during this run of success for the Mavericks have graduated, leaving coach Laura Gurley with the task of rebuilding. Chief among the losses was Ansley Speaks, who was the team’s No. 1 player since the seventh grade and won four consecutive state singles title before leaving for Furman University.
“It is a different team, and I think with a lot of hard work we could win it again,” Gurley said.
Gurley said starting with a new group of players is bringing out many different emotions.
“It’s good. I’m excited to start again, but it is sad because I was with them from seventh grade,” Gurley said. “I miss them already. This group that is coming up is good also.”
Gurley said she has a mixture of young players and veterans. There are four seniors, one junior, one sophomore, three freshmen and one seventh-grader on the varsity team.
The No. 1 and No. 2 players are seniors, Alex Patton and Madeline Weih. At No. 3 is freshman Sheila Walsh, followed by sophomore Emma Delaby at No. 4, freshman Madison Albert at No. 5, Sydney Bowes at No. 6 and seventh-grader Abby Parsons at No. 7.
Others members of the team are seniors Colette Terlitsky and Addie Pearson and freshman Lexi Pettola.
Gurley said Parsons has a lot of potential.
“Abby started at the bottom and has beaten everybody below her,” Gurley said. “We have played five or six challenge matches and she has won every one of them. They have to play each other so we get them in the right order. It is not the coach’s choice.”