Calvin Davis, Charlotte Country Day tennis make another championship swing
Tuesday, Dec. 03, 2013

Calvin Davis, Charlotte Country Day tennis make another championship swing

    Charlotte Catholic’s Grace Deering is the All-South Charlotte News girls’ tennis player of the year.
    Charlotte Catholic’s Grace Deering is the All-South Charlotte News girls’ tennis player of the year.
    Charlotte Country Day coach Calvin Davis is the All-South Charlotte News girls’ tennis coach of the year.
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    Laura Pratt, left, is a All-South Charlotte News girls’ tennis coach of the year after leading Ardrey Kell to a state championship appearance.
  • All-South Charlotte News girls’ tennis Singles Grace Deering, Charlotte Catholic, Sr. – Cougars No. 1 finished off an accomplished career as SoMeck 8 conference champion, 4A West Regional runner-up and 4A state quarterfinalist. Alexandra Lee, Providence Day, Sr. – Lee proved to be one of the best players in the state, no matter the classification. Lara Handelsman, Charlotte Country Day, Sr. – Bucs’ senior captain was named All-NCISAA. Avery Hunter, Charlotte Country Day, So. – All-state sophomore came up big in singles and doubles when it mattered most. Sarah Yuan, Ardrey Kell, So. – Knights’ No. 1 set the tone at the top of lineup for 4A state runner-up. Charlotte Deiss, East Mecklenburg, Jr. – SW4A champion also was the Eagles’ top cross country runner this fall and boasts a 5.1 grade-point average in the classroom. Maddie Weber, Myers Park, Fr. – SW4A runner-up lost a marathon final 6-2, 5-7, 4-6 to Deiss in regional qualifier. Doubles Emma Pixley, Sr./Alexandra Lee, Providence Day, Sr. – Chargers’ duo only lost once together in their career together as Providence Day doubles’ partners. Sarah Yuan, So./Hailey Simon, Fr., Ardrey Kell – SoMeck 8 and 4A West Regional champions also 4A state quarterfinalist. Haley Tan, Jr./Anna Mattapallil, Fr., Providence – Panthers duo had a strong postseason, going all the way to the 4A state quarterfinals.

Calvin Davis has had a lot of success as the head tennis coach at Charlotte Country Day, winning 618 matches and 29 states championships in his 24 years as boys’ and girls’ coach.

But after a decade without a girls’ tennis state title, the Buccaneers (19-2) got back on top by beating four-time defending state champion and rival Providence Day 5-1 in the NCISAA 3A state finals.

Providence Day (17-4) also had another strong season, finishing as state runner-up.

Ardrey Kell was a perfect 15-0 going into the 4A state championship match, but fell short of a state title, losing 5-1 to Cary Panther Creek in the finals. The Knights also were the SoMeck 8 conference champions in the first year of the league, beating out Charlotte Catholic, which made it to the 4A state quarterfinals in its first year in class 4A.

Myers Park, which won the Southwestern 4A title, made it all the way to the 4A West Regional final before losing to Ardrey Kell 6-0.

Girls’ tennis coach of the year: Calvin Davis, Charlotte Country Day and Laura Pratt, Ardrey Kell Davis and Pratt both came into the season with state championship expectations for their teams.

Davis, who hadn’t won a girls’ title since 2003, led his Bucs to a 19-2 record and a state championship win against Providence Day.

Davis collected his 300th victory as the Bucs’ girls’ tennis coach in the process, also beating traditional state power Charlotte Catholic this season.

Pratt, in her third year at the helm at Ardrey Kell, led her Knights’ team to a perfect 11-0 regular season.

Ardrey Kell, which won the SoMeck 8 title, rolled through the playoffs, combining to beat their first four opponents 23-1 before falling to Panther Creek in the finals 5-1.

Ardrey Kell should be a 4A state contender again in 2014 with most of its lineup back, including Sarah Yuan and Halley Simon at the top.

Country Day should also be a state contender next year, with the bulk of their team, including all-state performer Avery Hunter.

Girls’ tennis player of the year: Grace Deering, Charlotte Catholic Deering has accomplished a lot in her Charlotte Catholic career.

The Cougars’ senior had another banner year in her final high school season, going 26-5 overall in singles and 18-1 in regular-season play.

Deering also had a strong postseason, winning the SoMeck 8 conference singles’ title and finishing as runner-up to Lake Norman’s Lauren Gish at the 4A West Region championships.

Deering, also 17-3 in doubles on the season, finished as a 4A state singles’ quarterfinalist in her first season at the class 4A level.

Staff Writer, Corey Inscoe contributed to this story.

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at

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