The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


March 14, 2013

Plainsmen finish 8th at Norman tennis

NORMAN, Okla. —  Enid coach Darrell Herndon saw some positives in the Plainsmen’s eighth-place place finish at the Norman tennis tournament Thursday.

The Plainsmen, for the first time this season, had three divisions win their first-round matches. Devin Watson, subbing for an injured Jason Christopherson at No. 2 singles, won a match.

The eighth-place finish was Enid’s highest finish of the season. Zac Gwin was sixth at No. 2 singles. He won two matches at a tournament for the first time this season to raise his record to 4-9. Connor Angleton and Blake Young were eighth at No. 1 doubles, but won a tiebreaker in the first round. They now are 3-10 overall.

Tyler Hallett and Koderick Miller were eighth at No. 2 doubles, winning a first-round match for the first time this season. They lost a tiebreaker for seventh place and are now 6-5 overall. Watson, subbing for Christopherson at No. 2, beat Dalton Tucker of Tecumseh, 6-1, 6-4 in a first-round consolation match.

“If Jason were here, we might have finished higher as a team, but Devin contributed points, that’s a positive,’’ Herndon said. The important thing is these kids keep getting better. Some of them don’t have a long tennis background and have had to develop a lot on their own. I appreciate how hard they are working. They keep chipping away. As long as you’re doing your best, you will learn from it.’’

Team – 8th

Zac Gwin, No. 1 singles, 6th — def. Leif Macki, PC North, 6-1, 6-1; def. by No. 2 Nick Harvey, Heritage Hall, 6-1, 6-0; def. Cory Bren, Moore, 6-3, 6-2. 5th - def. by Lucas Mechim, Crossing Christian, 6-3, 6-3

Devin Watson, No. 2 singles, 12th — def. by No. 2 seed Tim Fisher, Yukon, 6-0, 6-0; def. Dalton Tucker, Tecumseh, 6-1, 6-4; def. Trent Hower, Broken Arrow, 6-0, 6-3. 11th — def. by Donnie Grider, Edmond North, 6-1, 6-0

Connor Angleton-Blake Young, No. 1 doubles, 8th - def. Killam-Webster, PC North, 6-3, 3-6, 10-6; def. by No. 2 seed Kutt-Mathias, Union, 6-0, 6-0; def. by Arcenfaux-Zerby, Heritage Hall, 6-2, 6-1. 7th - def. by Leach-Stout, Ada, 6-1, 6-1

Tyler Hallett-Koderick Miller, No. 2 doubles, 8th — def. Anthony-Moles, Tecumseh, 6-1, 6-2; def. by C. Cooper-G. Luthy, Deer Creek, 6-2, 6-1; def. by Bottroff-Wilems, PC North, 6-1, 6-2. 7th - def. by Deets-Nguyen, Yukon, 6-0, 1-6, 10-5

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