It’s an even dozen for Sherry Adams and the Christ Church girls tennis team.
Adams, in her 12th season as Christ Church’s coach, saw her Cavaliers defeat?visiting St. Joseph’s 6-0 Monday to win the Class AA Upper State championship.
It’s the 12th consecutive Upper State title for Christ Church (17-0), which will play Oceanside Collegiate Academy in the state final at noon Saturday at the Lexington County Tennis Complex.
“We’re the underdog,” Adams said, “but you know what? It’s fun.”
Adams would rather her team be challenged, which is why, as usual, she beefed up the Cavaliers’ schedule.
“I scheduled all the teams in other classifications that would possibly be going to state semifinals or finals,” she said.
Christ Church defeated two of the four Class AAAAA state semifinalists (Spartanburg and Wando) and had a match with a third (River Bluff) cancelled.
The Cavaliers also defeated both AAAA Upper State finalists, Daniel and A.C. Flora. They beat eight AAAAA and AAAA teams in all.
Christ Church lost just five games in six matches Monday. Senior Day Nuckolls (at No. 1), freshman Annie Jennings (No. 2) and sophomores Sarah Allen (No. 3), Mary Cage Carter (No. 4) and Avery Nuckolls (No. 5) swept the singles matches.
Junior Abby Riddle and sophomore Campbell Hammond won at No. 2 doubles to complete the shutout.
Day Nuckolls, the reigning Greenville News Upstate Sports Awards Player of the Year, is in her sixth year with the team, her third at No. 1.
“She is so focused,” Adams said. “She works so hard. She wants to play tennis so bad. She’s toured some schools. She wants to play tennis somewhere where the academics fit in and the tennis fits in, too. She’s just trying to figure that out.”
She has opponents figured out, for the most part. Day Nuckolls has lost just twice this season. Her sister, Avery, is undefeated in both singles and doubles, and Carter is undefeated as well.
Jennings, at No. 2, is in her first year with the team. Both of her parents played at Furman University.
“She’s got the tennis genes,” Adams said.
And Christ Church has the makings of another state championship team. The Cavaliers have won eight under Adams and 15 in all.
? In the Class AAAA Upper State final, A.C. Flora defeated host Daniel 6-0 to earn a return trip to the championship match.
Last year, A.C. Flora won the Lower State but lost to Greenville in the state final.
Daniel had been seeking its first trip to the final since 1985 and its first state title since winning three straight from 1980-1982.
CLASS AA/A UPPER STATE FINAL
Christ Church 6, St. Joseph’s 0
Singles-No. 1: Day Knuckolls d. Julia Jacques 6-0, 6-1; No. 2: Annie Jennings d. Martha Ratkowski 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Sarah Allen d. Advianna Belacruz 6-2, 6-1; No. 4: Mary Cage Carter d. Caroline Curran 6-0, 6-0; No. 5: Avery Knukolls d. Helen Kopscik 6-0, 6-0. Doubles-No. 2: Abby Riddle-Campbell Hammond d. Ava Quigley-Caroline Gallagher 6-1, 6-0. Record: Christ Church 17-0.