Christ School’s Class of 2020 left an indelible mark on Greenie athletics, even if some seniors did not get the end to their high school careers that they wanted. In accordance with North Carolina’s Stay at Home Order, the NCISAA announced on April 24 that the spring sports season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, the Christ School Athletic Department continues a week-long celebration of the Class of 2020’s spring sports athletes on our website and @greeniesports social media. Each day will be devoted to a different sport, with that coach reflecting on what the seniors meant to the program and the school.
Day 4: Tennis
Christ School Tennis only had one senior for this season, but he will be dearly missed.
William Saye ’20 was elevated to team captain in 2019 and helped guide the Greenies to a Carolinas Athletic Association championship. He was one of four starters back for this spring. The team was scheduled to play its first match March 24 at Covenant Day.
“William has been a big part of the tennis team throughout his high school career,” head coach Cameron Hillier said. “A leader on the court and always bringing positive energy to matches and practices, William will be missed as a valuable member of our team. Over the last few years, he has been part of our conference-winning team, and we wish him all the best for his future!”
Athletic director Eric Thorp ’01 was William’s advisor and watched his maturation as a student-athlete closely.
“As Athletic Director, I depend on our coaches and student-athletes to help shape our teams and programs,” Thorp said.
“William has shown his pride in the tennis program and Christ School by being an advocate and working with me and our department to help improve the program. As a two-year captain of the tennis team, he has helped lead a strong core of young players and I know was excited about the upcoming season and the potential for this team. We will miss William’s commitment and leadership of the tennis program, but also his support of all Christ School athletic programs. William is a true Greenie and will be missed.”
William was a Proctor in Cuningham House this school year, an Advanced Placement Scholar, member of the National Honor Society, a leader in the Environmental Club, and part of the Peer Tutoring Program. He plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.