KCHS girls tennis captures two state titles

Maeve Thornton wins the individual championship and joins her fellow Lady Irish in netting the team crown

Knoxville Catholic High School sophomore Maeve Thornton and her Lady Irish teammates each came home with a state championship at the Division II, Class AA, girls tennis finals held in May in Murfreesboro.

Maeve won the individual state title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Sean Mullin of St. Benedict in the girls final May 28 at the Adams Tennis Complex. Maeve nearly shut out her previous two opponents, Peyton Tomicheck of Brentwood Academy (6-1, 6-0) in the semifinals and Jolle Taty of St. Benedict (6-1, 6-0) in the quarterfinals, both May 27.

Sean prevented an all-KCHS championship match by holding off Lady Irish freshman Eleni Liakonis 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal. Eleni advanced out of the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-1 sweep of Sophia Cullison of Lipscomb Academy.

The Lady Irish captured the team championship with a 4-2 win over Baylor in the finals. Maeve won her singles match 6-2, 6-0. Teammate Vivian Schroeder outlasted her opponent 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, and Camilla Thurman of the Lady Irish triumphed 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). In doubles, Maeve and Gigi Sompayrac won 8-4, and Camilla and Anne Caroline Harris held off their opposition 8-7 (7-4).

In the semifinals, the Lady Irish blanked Brentwood Academy 4-0. Maeve (6-1, 6-1), Eleni (6-0, 6-0), and Vivian (6-0, 6-1) picked up wins in singles play. The doubles teams of Eleni and Vivian (8-2) and Camilla and Anne Caroline (8-2) also triumphed.

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