For the second-straight season, Saxony Lutheran girls tennis doubles partners juniors Maggie Hillin and Abby Haley earned Class 1 All-State medals.
Hillin and Haley did so by placing sixth overall after finishing in eighth place as sophomores last fall. On Friday, Maggie and Abby won their first-round matchup over Marshall 2-0 (7-6, 6-3) before falling to St. Michael’s eventual runner-up doubles team at 2-0 (6-1, 6-0).
In their third and final match of day one, Hillin and Haley shutout Mt. Vernon 2-0 (6-3, 6-1) and then beat Ursuline Academy 2-0 (6-4, 6-1) on Saturday to advance to the fifth-place match.
For fifth place in Class 1, these two Crusaders ended up falling to Clayton 2-0 (6-2, 6-2) in their last match of 2023. Hillin and Haley finish the season with an overall doubles team record of 26-7.
To reach state once again, Hillin and Haley handled North County’s doubles team at 2-0 by scores of 6-3 and 6-2. Maggie and Abby had only fallen to Kennett’s doubles team made up of sophomore Claire Bean and junior Handley McAtee, as well as Francis Howell.
Bean and McAtee repeated as Class 1 State Champions by beating everyone 2-0, including the St. Michael’s team for the state title, which was the same duo Hillin and Haley fell to in round two.
Over the last two seasons, Hillin and Haley have combined for a doubles record of 46-18 overall. Maggie and Abby have one more season to earn all-state once again and place higher next fall.