Green and Still

Greenwood girls tennis seniors Abigail Green, left, and Adair Still were presented with all-region awards during the Eagles' postseason awards banquet on Thursday night.  

Adair Still and Abigail Green always felt like they made each other better during their standout six-year run on Greenwood’s varsity girls tennis team.

The team’s top two players formed a strong doubles tandem for the Eagles and finished their senior seasons with a 12-1 record. Still was named all-region in all six years of her career and Green earned four all-region selections.

Green, the Eagles’ No. 2 player, said Still served as motivation. Still has played in the No. 1 position for all six years of her career and has been named the Index-Journal Player of the Year the past two seasons.

“It was awesome to always have someone like that there for me and push me to be better,” Green said of Still. “If she wasn’t on the team, it would have been a lot harder for me to push myself and get those all-region awards. Her being my doubles partner for six years was just incredible.”

Greenwood had its postseason awards banquet Thursday night, and Still and Green looked back on their long-running time together on the team.

“It’s been really good, and we’ve grown close,” Still said. “We’ve had a strong friendship from tennis, so it’ll be sad leaving her and not playing doubles with her anymore.”

The duo helped power Greenwood to three wins this season, with one coming against Easley and two against Westside. Greenwood coach Howard Green said he’s enjoyed seeing Still and his daughter Abigail grow and mature as players over the years.

“They’re two very talented players, so it’s kind of bittersweet to see them graduate and leave,” coach Green said. “But the ride has been awesome. I really enjoyed working with both Abigail and Adair. They’ve been buddies ever since, so that makes it even better.”

The Eagles did not qualify for the Class 5A playoffs, but Still’s season is continuing individually. She will be competing in the Class 5A Girls State Singles tournament, and she’ll also take part in the North/South All Star event in Myrtle Beach this weekend.

This will be the second consecutive year Still plays in the state tournament. She finished in the top 12 last season and made all-state.

“It means a lot to be back in it,” Still said. “Hopefully, I’ll go farther this year than I have before. That’s my goal.”

Contact sports writer Wesley Dotson at 864-943-2530 or follow him on Twitter @WesleyPDotson.