Christ Church Sweeps 31st Chick-fil-A Hall of Fame Classic

Christ Church Win 31st Hall of Fame Classic Tennis

 Christ Church of Greenville won all 7 flights and finished to earn 42 points and capture their fourth straight Chick-fil-A of Anderson Hall of Fame Classic high school girls tennis tournament played in Belton October 14-15.  Greenville finished second with 25 points.  Christ Church won all 21 matches they played in the tournament, becoming only the second team to do so.  T. L. Hanna won every match in 2013. This was Christ Church’s fifth tournament title; they also won in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Final team standings were:

  1. Christ Church 42
  2. Greenville 25
  3. L. Hanna 16
  4. L. Mann 15
  5. Boiling Springs 12
  6. Belton-Honea Path 11
  7. Clinton   0

Greenville was named the team sportsmanship winner.

The results of the individual championship matches were:

  • #1 Singles: Day Nuckolls (CC) def. Anna Greer (BS) 5-7, 6-3, 10-6
  • #2 Singles: Lauren Allen (CC) def. Leyton Powell (GV) 6-1, 6-2
  • #3 Singles: Sara Allen (CC) def. Lannea Brown (JLM) 6-1, 6-0
  • #4 Singles: Mary Cage Carter (CC) def. Gracie Walls (GV), 6-0, 6-1
  • #5 Singles: Avery Nuckolls (CC) def. Wylie Jopling (GV) 6-2, 6-1
  • #2 Doubles: Paula Pieper & Abby Riddle (CC) def. Kate Keller & Sophie Young (GV) 6-1, 6-0
  • #1 Doubles: Lauren Allen & Day Nuckolls (CC) def. Leyton Powel/Julia Price (GV) 8-4

Lauren Allen, Mary Cage Carter and Paul Pieper were repeat flight champions having also won in 2016.

Belton-Honea Path had their best Hall of Fame Classic in 20 years capturing 11 points.  Baylee Kelly-Beel earned 3 points at #4 singles, Gracie Bratcher 2 points at #3 singles, Kenyelta Anderson 2 points at #5 singles, Louise Blake and Olivia Dixon 2 points at #2 doubles, Faith Callaham at #1 singles and Sarah Price 1 point at #2 singles.  The results of BHP matches were:

#1 Singles-Faith Callaham

  • 1st round lost Anna Greer (BS) 6-0, 6-0
  • 2nd round def. Elizabeth Jones (CL) 7-5, 6-3
  • 3rd round lost Emerson Mitchell (JLM) 6-1, 7-5

#2 Singles-Sarah Price

  • 1st round lost Caroline Mitchell (JLM) 6-1, 6-3
  • 2nd round def. Mary Catherine Dailey (CL) 6-4, 6-0
  • 3rd round lost Jillian Spencer (TLH) 6-3, 6-1

#3 Singles-Gracie Bratcher

  • 1st round def. Ashleen Chapman (TLH) 7-6, 7-6
  • 2nd round lost Sarah Allen (CC) 6-0, 6-1
  • 3rd round lost Emma McFall (GV) 6-1, 6-2

#4 Singles-Baylee Kelly-Beel

  • 1st round def. Alex Siommons (JLM) 6-3, 2-6, 10-6
  • 2nd round lost Gracie Walls (GV) 6-2, 6-2
  • 3rd round def. Advika Velan (TLH) 6-1, 6-0

#5 Singles-Kenyelta Anderson

  • 1st round def. Carly Morgan (JLM) 5-7, 6-2, 10-4
  • 2nd round lost Wylie Jopling (GV) 6-3, 7-6
  • 3rd round lost Grace Tuttle (TLH) 7-5, 3-6, 10-5

#1 Doubles-Baylee Kelly-Beel & Sarah Price

  • 1st round lost Abigail Bragg/Anna Greer (BS) 6-0, 6-2
  • 2nd round-Bye
  • 3rd round lost Addie Anderson/Jillian Spencer (TLH) 6-1, 6-0

#2 Doubles-Louise Blake and Olivia Dixon

  • 1st round def. Madison Ball/Avery Goff (BS) 6-2, 6-3
  • 2nd round lost Paula Pieper/Abby Riddle (CC) 6-0, 6-0
  • 3rd round lost Hannah Ellis/Sara Beth Usry (JLM) 6-2, 6-1

Tournament Director Rex Maynard said:  “This was another great Hall of Fame Classic…perfect weather, great competition and good sportsmanship all around.  We had some great matches, and other than Christ Church’s dominance and Greenville distant second we had close competition among the teams.  Only 5 points separated 3rd and 6th places.  The players, coaches and spectators were all great.  We give individual awards for each flight, but this is a team event and it’s special to see the players supporting their teammates and fans supporting their teams.  We appreciate the coaches and players giving up their weekend to compete in Belton, and hope they will find it beneficial as they start the playoffs next week.  I believe we’ll see several state champions come out of this group!”

Maynard went on to say:  “We were especially proud of the BHP girls and coach Craig Joyner.  It’s been a long time since they’ve won 7 matches in this tournament.  They went up against top competition and competed well in every match.  They’ve improved tremendously this season and I think they’ll represent us well in the playoffs starting Wednesday at Union County.”

The Hall of Fame Classic is hosted annually by the Belton Tennis Association and sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Anderson.  Maxine LeCroy served as the Tournament Referee.


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