(2010 - 2011) - Tennis Girls - Varsity

Lady Mavs win State Championship!Go Ansley, Haley, Lexi, Sidney, Molly, Hayley, Alex, Morgan, Meredith, Katie Beth, Hannah, Katelyn, Jordan and Coach Gurley!





All State Tennis players - Ansley Speaks, Lexi Stewart, and Haley Elliot receive their All State award.  Ansley Speaks is also presented with her SC State Tennis Player of the Year Award! Congratulations, Ladies!



Congratulations to Ansley Speaks for winning the state singles tournament for the second year in a row!  Lexi Stewart and Haley Elliott also were invited to play in the tournament...Lexi place third and Haley placed sixth!  Congratulations to these All State players!

The team celebrated their record breaking season last week at their banquet.  Each and every team member contributed to this unbelievable season.   Congrats to all of them.  Specific awards are as follows:

All Region:  Ansley Speaks, Haley Elliott, Lexi Stewart, Molly Walsh

MVP:  Molly Walsh

110% Award:  Ansley Speaks

Maverick Award:  Meredith Wessinger


A special thanks to Greg and Amy Elliott for a fabulous slide show!   We also wish the best to our two Seniors....Meredith Wessinger and Molly Walsh!  The team will miss you!






The Lady Mavs won their third playoff match today against TL Hanna 6-0.  Their next match is Thursday at Mauldin.  Help cheer on the team!! 

A. Speaks d. I. Welborn 6-4;  6-3

H. Elliott d. K. Hand  6-3;  6-1

L. Stewart d. K Rivers 6-0;  6-0

S. Patton d. A. Rice  6-3;  7-5

M. Walsh d. M. Solomon  6-1;  6-0

Patton/Behal d. Counts/Martin 6-2;  6-0


Lady Mavs Tennis Team wins 2nd playoff round against Dutch Fork!

The girls tennis team won their second playoff match today 6-0.  The next match is Tuesday.  Time to be announced.  Come out and support your team!  Great job girls!  Scores are as follows:

A. Speaks d. M. Sanchez  6-0;  6-3

H. Elliott d. L. Watson  6-1;  2-6;  (10-4)

L. Stewart d. A. Savage  6-0;  6-1

S. Patton d. C. Sloop 6-0;  6-1

M. Walsh d. L. Asghari  6-2;  6-0

H. Behal/A. Patton d. Cothran/Gardner  6-3;  6-2



The girls tennis team won a big today against Laurens high school in the first round of playoffs, losing onlly two games in the entire match.  All of the singles lines won their matches 6-0, 6-0.  Congrats to Ansley Speaks, Haley Elliott, Lexi Stewart, Sydney Patton and Molly Walsh.  Both doubles lines won their matches...number one Speaks/Elliott won 8-1, while Haley Behal and Alex Patton won 6-1, 6-0.  Way to go girls!

Come out and support your girls tennis team on Thursday for their next playoff match. 


Ansley Speaks                                                                                                                                 Molly Walsh

Hayley & Sydney                                                                                              Lexi Stewart

Sydney Patton                                                                                             Haley Elliott

photo credit Gwinn Davis Tribune-Times


Girls Tennis Team beats JL Mann 6-1...record improves to 12-0.

The Lady Mavs tennis team continued to dominate their competition with a 6-1 win over cross-town rival, JL Mann.   Great matches for all of the lines...good job girls.  The scores are as follows:

A. Speaks d. E. Erickson, 6-3, 6-3

H. Elliott d. L. Gregory, 6-3, 6-3

A. Gregory (Mann) d. L. Stewart, 6-3, 4-6, (6-10)

S. Patton d. C. Blackwell, 6-0, 6-1

M. Walsh d. B. Middleton, 6-2, 6-1

#1 dbles, Speaks/Elliott d. Erickson/Gregory, 6-4,6-3

#2 dbles, H. Behal/A. Patton d. E. Stahlman/A. Lashkarov, 7-5, 6-1

 Lady Mavs Tennis Team continues to roll to 11-0 record!

The Mauldin girls defeated Byrnes 7-0 yesterday.  Come and cheer them on Thursday at their home match against JL Mann!  Scores are as follows:

H. Elliott d. Snoddy, 6-0,  6-2; 

M. Walsh d. Wang, 6-0, 6-1

H. Kahng d. Burch, 6-2, 6-0

K. Hegarty d. Flynn, 6-1, 6-2

M. Tracey d. Smith, 6-1, 6-0

Behal/A. Patton d. Snoddy/Burch, 8-0

KB Byrum/Paul d. Allison/Hollis, 6-2, 6-3


Mauldin tennis a perfect 10-0

Written by Brett Borden   

Thursday, 30 September 2010 23:39

Article Courtesy of GoMauldin.com

Mauldin tennis is a perfect 10-0 after defeating Boiling Springs 7-0 Thursday night.

“This match showed the depth of our team,” said Mavericks head coach Laura Gurley. “I sat out my number two and number three girls and the girls who moved up still won easily. I am very proud of the girls who played tonight because they had not played much this season.”

Mauldin 7, Boiling Springs 0


1. Speaks defeated Taylor 6-0 6-0
2. S Patton d Gregory 6-0 6-0
3. Walsh d Mankins 6-0 6-0
4. Kahng d Nisbett 6-3 6-0
5. Hegarty d Martin 6-0 6-0
6. A Patton/Behal d Gregory/Mankins 8-2
7. Tracy/Paul d Swainston/Efimetz 6-1 6-2

Her net worth Speaks volumes

Written by Brett Borden   

Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:54

Article Courtesy of GoMauldin.com

Mauldin sophomore Ansley Speaks is a breath of fresh air for tennis fans. Imagine a young super talented player who actually loves the game. Speaks, who has been the number one player for Mauldin’s girls tennis team since she was in seventh grade, fits that bill.

“I started playing when I was eight,” she says. “I played in a league with (current Mauldin teammate) Hayley Behal. She got me started. I started playing all the time. My mom couldn’t get me off the court. I loved it.”

“My parents don’t push it on me at all. If I was to quit playing today they would support my decision. As long as I’m enjoying it that’s all that matters to them.”

If she was to quit playing today it would be a shame, because Speaks is doing wonderful things on the court. Aside from a perfect record this year playing for Mauldin, she participated in a national tournament this past weekend in which she helped South Carolina finish fourth out of nine teams.

Her coach, Laura Gurley, can't help but smile when asked about her.

“She is such a good worker and listener,” said Gurley. “That’s why I picked her to be our captain this year, even though she’s still just a sophomore. She absolutely loves the game. She enjoys every minute she’s out on the court. School and tennis are pretty much her life.”

Gurley pointed out two things as Speaks’ greatest strengths, and could only think of one “weakness” when absolutely pressed to come up with one.

“I think her biggest strength is her knowledge of the game and her mental toughness,” Gurley said. “She can get down and pull herself back up. She’s just a strong player. The only thing she’s struggling with a little bit right now is her serve. She has double faulted a couple of times in her matches. But she’ll fix that.”

Speaks was asked what player she followed the most growing up. It wasn’t anyone named Williams or Sharapova. It’s someone you probably haven’t heard of.

“Sarah Gevick,” said Speaks. “She’s very good. I once asked her for her autograph. She plays in college now. I always wanted to be like her. I played her once when she was in high school and I was in seventh grade. She killed me. But it was like, ‘I’m so honored’ because I was so excited that I got to play her.”

Speaks would like to follow in her hero’s footsteps, but first things first.

“I want to win state for our team,” she says. “That’s a huge goal of ours because we’ve been the runner up for the last three or four years. And I’d like to win the singles tournament like I did last year.”

She’s looking good so far.


Mauldin girls tennis finishes second in Belton 


Written by Brett Borden   

Monday, 27 September 2010 20:13

Article Courtesy of GoMauldin.com

Without their star player Ansley Speaks (who was competing in a national tournament), the Mauldin girls tennis team held its own Saturday at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic tournament played in Belton. Molly Walsh (left) won her singles category and Alex Patton/Hayley Behal won their doubles category.

Christ Church won 18 of its 24 matches to finish with 36 team points, just two better than Mauldin. Irmo, J.L. Mann and Clinton also participated in the event, which has been held every year since 1987.

It was the first team championship for Christ Church in 14 years of play in the tournament. J.L. Mann won last year and Mauldin the year before. The Hall of Fame Classic attracts many of the state’s top teams and is presented by the Belton Tennis Association in honor of the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, which is located in the Belton depot.


Team Results

Christ Church 36
Mauldin 34
Irmo 24
J.L. Mann 24
Clinton 2


Mauldin individual results

  • Haley Elliott was 2-2 in No. 1 singles
  • Lexi Stewart was 2-2 in No. 2 singles
  • Sydney Patton was 3-1 in No. 3 singles
  • Molly Walsh was 4-0 in No. 4 singles (champion)
  • Hannah Kahng was  2-2 in No. 5 singles
  • Alex Patton and Hayley Behal were 4-0 in No. 2 doubles (champions)

 (Photos by Nancy Hegarty)



Senior Molly Walsh WINS at #4 Singles, Alex Patton and Hayley Behal Doubles winners!




  Lady Mavs Tennis Beats Christ Church 5-2.  Still Undefeated!

The girls tennis team beat Christ Church in a great match yesterday afternoon.  Singles 1-4 won their matches;  1st doubles won as well.  Molly Walsh, at number 5, lost a heartbreaker in a third set tie-break, while number 2 doubles lost in a close tie-break as well.  Congratulations team and GOOD LUCK at Belton this weekend. 

A. Speaks d. O. Lucas 6-1; 6-0

H. Elliott d. E. Hughes 6-2;  7-5

L. Stewart d. A. Walls 6-3; 7-5

S. Patton d. E. Jennings 2-6, 6-3, (10-8)

K. Hicks (CC) d. M. Walsh 6-4, 4-6, (7-4)

Stewart/Speaks d. Lucas/Hughs 8-0

CC #2 doubles d. A. Patton/H. Behal 7-7 (5-7)


Mauldin girls tennis stays perfect

Written by Brett Borden   

Wednesday, 15 September 2010 18:53

Article Courtesy of GoMauldin.com

The Mauldin Mavericks girls’ tennis team coached by Laura Gurley (left) is now a stellar 6-0 following a 7-0 victory over visiting Greenville Wednesday.

Ansley Speaks cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory after struggling slightly with an opponent for the first time on Tuesday. Haley Elliott lost the first set 6-3 before storming back to an impressive victory over her opponent. Molly Walsh eked out an 8-5 victory, and everyone else had little troubles as the Mavericks continue to roll over local competition.

The Mavericks play at Dorman, their third match in as many days, Thursday.

Mauldin 7, Greenville 0
1. Speaks def. Merchant 6-1, 6-0
2. Elliott def. Ingram 3-6, 6-0, 10-5
3. Stewart def. Taylor 6-1, 6-1
4. S Patton def. Parke 6-1, 6-0
5. Walsh def. Aycock 8-5
6. Speaks/Stewart def. Merchant/Taylor 8-0
7. A Patton/Behal def. Williamson/Stephenson 8-1


Lady Mavericks tennis improves to 5-0

Written by Brett Borden   

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:17

Article Courtesy of GoMauldin.com

The Mauldin Mavericks rolled to another girls tennis victory, although this one wasn’t quite so easy, to improve to 5-0 this season. Mauldin won at J.L. Mann by an overall score of 6-1.

“They’re always very good competition for us, so believe me it’s great to come out on top,” said Mauldin coach Laura Gurley, who stated last week that she wanted to see how her team would react in tighter games as competition improved.

The Mavericks have come close to a state title but faltered in tighter matches in the finals in recent years. Was Gurley happy to see some of her players pressed as they were against Mann?

"I was, especially Haley (Elliott) and Lexi (Stewart),” said Gurley. “They got down in the middle and came back to win.”

Mauldin hosts Greenville Wednesday.


Mauldin 6, J.L. Mann 1

1. Speaks (M) def. Erickson (JLM) 6-3, 6-1
2. Elliott (M) def. L. Gregory (JLM) 6-3, 6-4
3. Stewart (M) def. A. Gregory (JLM) 6-1, 3-6, 10-5
4. S. Patton (M) def. Blackwell (JLM) 7-5, 6-1
5. Walsh (M) def. D. Middleton (JLM) 8-2
6. Erickson/L. Gregory (JLM) def. Speaks/Elliott 8-6
7. Behal/A. Patton (M) def. C. Middleton/Lashkarev 8-3



 The Lady Mavs won their third match of the week today taking Byrnes 6-0.  They didn't lose a set this week!  Scores are as follows for the Byrnes match:

Speaks d. Snoddy  6-1, 6-1

Elliott d. Wang  6-0, 6-0

Stewart d. Allison 6-0, 6-0

Patton d. Birch 6-0, 6-1

Walsh d. Flynn 6-0, 6-0

A. Patton/Behal d. Drummond/Hollis 6-2, 6-2 


Lady Mavs Tennis beat Boiling Springs

The Lady Mavs beat Boiling Springs this afternoon, only losing a total of 3 games.  They continue a busy week playing at Spartanburg tomorrow, and home against Byrnes on Thursday.  Come and cheer them on!

Scores for today's match are:

A. Speaks d. S. Taylor 6-0, 6-0

H. Elliott d. H. Martin 6-0, 6-0

L. Stewart d. A. Efimetz 6-0, 6-0

S. Patton d. H. Nisbett 6-1, 6-2

M. Walsh d. R. Gregory 6-0, 6-0

Elliott/Stewart d. Taylor/Martin 8-0

A. Patton/H. Behal/d. Mankines/Swainston   6-0, 6-0


 Lady Mavs Tennis open the season with a 6-0 win again TL Hanna!!

The Lady Mavs Tennis team had a great win against TL Hanna with out dropping a set.  Scores are as follows:

A.Speaks d. Wellborn  6-3, 6-2

H. Elliott d. R. Turner 6-0,6-0

L. Stewart d.  Hand   6-1, 6-1

S. Patton d. K Rivers 6-1, 6-0

M. Walsh d. Rice  6-2. 6-3

Behal/Hegarty d. Counts/Burrell  6-0, 6-2

Great job girls!!




 The Lady Mavs edged out Christ Church this weekend to win the Furman Invite for the second year in a row.  Ansley Speaks, Haley Elliott, Lexi Stewart and Alex Patton won their flights.  Molly Walsh won two out of three matches, losing a close match in a tie break to the winner of her flight.  Number 1 doubles team Haley Behal and Katelyn Hegarty won 2 out of three matches while Number 2 team Morgan Tracey and Hannah Kahng also won 2 out of 3 matches.  Scores are as follows:

 Ansley Speaks:  6-3, 6-1;  6-4,6-1;  6-2, 6-0.  Haley Elliott:  6-2, 6-0;  6-0, 6-3;  6-3, 6-1.  Lexi Stewart:  6-2,6-1;  6-0,4-6, (10-6);  6-2,6-2.  Alex Patton:  6-1, 6-1;  7-5,7-5;  4-6, 6-0 (10-5).  Molly Walsh:  6-0, 6-0;  2-6,6-4 (10-2) (Loss);  8-0.  #1 doubles Haley/Katelyn: 6-3, 6-0;  6-1,6-0;  6-0, 0-6, (10-6) Loss.  #2 Doubles Morgan/Hannah:  4-6, 1-6 (loss);  6-0, 6-1;  8-2.   Katie Beth Byram and Jordan Paul played #1 doubles in the JV tournament.  That tournament was interuppted due to rain. 

 Great Job Lady Mavs!


 The girls had their first scrimmage of the season on Tuesday against Christ Church.  Ansley, Haley and Lex won their matches 8-5, 8-3 and 8-4, respectively.   Alex lost a tough one 4-8, while Molly lost a tight match in a tie-break, 7-8 (5-7).   Ansley and Haley came through with a doubles win 8-2, while Katelyn and Hannah lost 4-8.  However,  Haley B. and Morgan didn't get to finish their match.  Good job girls!

The Girls play this Friday and Saturday (August 20 and 21) at the Furman Invitational.  Come out to cheer them on.  Go Mavs!




AUGUST 17                           SCRIMMAGE @ CHRIST CHURCH


AUGUST 20 – 21                  FURMAN TOURNAMENT


SEPTEMBER 1                        @ T L HANNA


SEPTEMBER 7                       BOILING SPRINGS


SEPTEMBER 8                       @ SPARTANBURG (JV AND VARSITY)


SEPTEMBER 9                       BYRNES


SEPTEMBER 14                     @ J L MANN (JV AND VARSITY)


SEPTEMBER 15                     GREENVILLE


SEPTEMBER 16                     @ DORMAN (JV AND VARSITY)


SEPTEMBER 22                     CHRIST CHURCH




SEPTEMBER 28                     HILLCREST


SEPTEMBER 29                     @ RIVERSIDE (JV AND VARSITY)




OCTOBER 5                           @ BYRNES (JV AND VARSITY)               


OCTOBER 7                           J L MANN


OCTOBER 12                         DORMAN


OCTOBER 19                         RIVERSIDE


OCTOBER 21                        @ HILLCREST


OCTOBER 26                         PLAY-OFFS START


NOVEMBER 5-6                    STATE FINALS













2010-2011 Season

Head Girls Tennis Coach - Laura Gurley
MAVS Booster Team Rep - Carol Behal

MAVS Web reporter - Mary Walsh/Amy Elliott

2006-2009 Archives 



All State Tennis players - Ansley Speaks, Lexi Stewart, and Haley Elliot receive their All State award.  Ansley Speaks is also presented with her SC State Tennis Player of the Year Award! Congratulations, Ladies!


All State Tennis Players

Haley Elliott, Lexi Stewart, Ansley Speaks and Coach Laura Gurley! Great day for Maudlin Tennis!

Our top three players filled 3 out of 6 positions for All State. They played in the All State tournament to earn their positions