Mountain Brook captured its 31st girls’ state tennis title on Friday in the Class 6A AHSAA State Tennis Championships at the Mobile Tennis Center. The Spartans already held the AHSAA record for most state championships, dwarfing St. Paul’s and Montgomery Academy’s second-place totals of 18 crowns.
The boys’ state championship is still up in the air, however. Mountain Brook and Northridge both won doubles titles in each school’s final match of the day to finish with 62 points. The No. 1 singles championship is still to be played on Saturday at 9 am at Mobile’s Tennis Center.
Northridge senior Braden Hannig, the top-ranked senior in Alabama according to the USTA, teamed with senior Ethan Wilson to win the No. 1 doubles finals over Trinity’s James Treadwell and Samuel Treadwell 6-2, 6-2 to give the Cougars the needed points to tie Mountain Brook Friday night.
Hannig played his fourth match of the day in the doubles finals, however, forcing his No. 1 singles championship match with Montgomery Academy junior Whit Davis to be postponed until Saturday.
If Hannig wins, Northridge will win the state championship with 64 points and Mountain Brook will finish second with 62. According to AHSAA Tennis Director Marvin Chou, should Davis win the match, Northridge and Mountain Brook would still be tied and would settle the championship with a mini-series match between the two schools at Thompson High School in Alabaster on Monday at 5:30 pm
That match, if necessary, would consist of three matches: No. 1 and No. 6 singles and No. 2 doubles. Whichever team wins the most match matches would then be declared the state champions. Mountain Brook holds the AHSAA record with 26 boys’ titles. Northridge is vying for its first state crown.
In girls’ tourney play, Mountain Brook senior Pippa Roy won her second straight 6A No. 1 singles and doubles championship to pace the Spartans. She downed Montgomery Academy senior Gabby Barrera 6-0, 6-4 in the finals. Roy joined with Annie Lacey, who captured the No. 3 singles championship, to win the No. 1 doubles crown. The Spartans’ team beat sisters Libbie Hamilton and Emma Jane Hamilton of St. Paul’s 3-6, 6-1, 10-7 in the doubles championship match.
Overall, the Mountain Brook girls won four singles and two doubles titles.
Montgomery Academy’s Jenna Chandler rallied to win the No. 2 singles title Friday, dropping the first set to St. Paul’s Emma Jane Hamilton 6-0 before rebounding to win the match 6-4, 10-3 in the next two sets.
Mountain Brook’s boys won four singles championships and one doubles championship en route to its 62 points. Spartans Thomas Austin and Max Gayden defeated Northridge’s Jose Alcocer and James Embry to win the No. 3 and No. 5 titles, respectively. The two Cougars combined to take second place in the No. 3 doubles, however, to help Northridge to its 62 points.
CLASS 6A STATE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Final Team Scoring
Mountain Brook 71; St. Paul’s Episcopal 62; Montgomery Academy 45; Decatur 32; Northridge 27; Chelsea 17; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 16; UMS-Wright 12; Helena 10; Trinity Presbyterian 7; Jasper 6; Mortimer Jordan 5; Gardendale 3; Homewood 2; Arab 0; Scottsboro 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Mortimer Jordan.
6A GIRLS ‘SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
No. 1: Pippa Roy, Mountain Brook def. Gabby Barrera, Montgomery Academy, 6-0, 6-4.
No. 2: Jenna Chandler, Montgomery Academy def. Emma Jane Hamilton, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 0-6, 6-4, 10-3.
No. 3: Annie Lacey, Mountain Brook def. Emme Clement, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-3, 6-0.
No. 4: Grace Swain, St. Paul’s Episcopal def. Carter Thompson, Northridge, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 5: Mae Lacey, Mountain Brook def. Vivi Blakely, Decatur, 6-3, 6-0.
No. 6: Ann Royal Goodson, Mountain Brook def. Mary Lee Kelso, Montgomery Academy, 6-4, 6-2.
6A GIRLS ‘DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
No. 1: Pippa Roy / Annie Lacey, Mountain Brook def. Libbie Hamilton / Emma Jane Hamilton, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 3-6, 6-1, 10-7.
No. 2: Ann Coleman / Mae Lacey, Mountain Brook def. Emme Clement / Maggie Sullivan, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 3: Grace Swaim / Livy Ferguson, St. Paul’s Episcopal def. Lillian Still / Mary Neal Polk, Mountain Brook, 6-2, 7-6.
Final Team Scoring (Incomplete)
Mountain Brook 62; Northridge 62; Spanish Fort 40; Montgomery Academy 37; Trinity Presbyterian 30; Helena 19; Homewood 19; Jasper 18; McGill-Toolen Catholic 15; Decatur 11; Chelsea 8; Hartselle 8; Springville 8; Fort Payne 6; Mortimer Jordan 6; Arab 3; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 3.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Mortimer Jordan.
6A BOYS ‘SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
No. 1: Whit Davis, Montgomery Academy vs. Braden Hannig, Northridge – Match to be played at 9 am, Saturday at Mobile Tennis Center
No. 2: Luke Schwefler, Mountain Brook def. Ben Kovakas, Homewood, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 3: Thomas Austin, Mountain Brook def. Jose Alcocer, Northridge, 6-3, 7-5.
No. 4: Jake Miller, Spanish Fort def. Logan Woodall, Mountain Brook, 7-6, 1-6, 11-9.
No. 5: Max Gayden, Mountain Brook def. James Embry, Northridge, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 6: Trey Stiles, Mountain Brook def. Gaines Freeman, Montgomery Academy, 6-2, 6-2.
6A BOYS ‘DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
No. 1: Braden Hannig / Ethan Wilson, Northridge def. Samuel Treadwell / James Treadwell, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 2: Luke Schwefler / Max Gayden, Mountain Brook def. Jake Miller / Jacob Thom, Spanish Fort, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 3: John Alford / Jackson Brown, Montgomery Academy def. Jose Alcocer / James Embry, Northridge, 6-1, 6-1.