The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 1, 2013

Acers take 2nd at tourney

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Alex Dick hit a perfect cross-court shot for the winner as she and Kathryn Dillingham teamed to beat top-seeded Piper Huey and Shannon Decker of Jenks 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 10-7 in the No. 1 doubles finals at the Enid Invitational tennis tournament at Oakwood Country Club.

The Acers finished second to the Lady Trojans (32-29), but did notch their first win over a Jenks doubles team with the Dick-Dillingham victory.

It was the third tournament championship for Dick and Dillingham (19-2), whose two previous losses came to Jenks teams.

EHS got second-place finishes from Gabrielle Dick, No. 2 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Savannah Blasi and Madison Blevins and a third from No. 1 singles player Alexis Blasi.

Alex Dick’s cross-court winner came after she had lost two straight points in the super tiebreaker.

“I just wanted to end it,’’ Dick said. “I tried to go for it and it turned out OK. It was pretty windy today and we just let the wind be our friend like coach (Darrell Herndon) told us to. It feels good to beat them. It always seemS like we have a tiebreaker or super tiebreaker with them.’’

The two losses to Jenks had been in super tiebreakers. The EHS duo was leading Jenks’ McKinleigh Lair and Alix Williams in the third set at Heritage Hall last week when rains stopped the match.

“A few points here and there have always decided the match,’’ Dillingham said. “We finally got those few extra points. We were able to overcome the wind and the cold temperatures.’’

Dillingham and Dick won the first two points of the super tiebreaker and never trailed. They lost only two games in winning their first two matches.

Gabrielle Dick fell to top-seeded Mariah Burke of Jenks, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the finals. The second set tiebreaker had three deadlocks. Dick (17-5) avenged an earlier loss to No. 2 seed Alex Bowers of Duncan, 6-7, 6-3, 10-6 in the semifinals.

“My goal was to get to the finals,’’ said Gabrielle Dick. “I was a little more relaxed today.’’

Blevins and Savannah Blasi (13-5) were disappointed in their 6-2, 6-1 loss to Jenks’ Jenny Bond and Alix Williams in the finals. EHS would have won the team title  with a Blevins-Blasi victory.

“It was disappointing,’’ Savannah Blasi said. “We played OK, but we definitely didn’t play as well as we could have as a team.’’

Blevins and Blasi, the No. 3 seed, did upset Duncan’s Carly Kirkland and Marissa Moore, 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the semifinals, coming from a 6-2 deficit in the tiebreaker.

Alexis Blasi (11-11) was unseeded, but upset No. 4 seed Maya Haymaker of Edmond Memorial, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round and beat Britney Lane of Duncan, 6-0, 6-3 for third.

Herndon was pleased with the second.

“We did a real good job,’’ Herndon said. “Our goal is to get them at state.’’

Ann Pepper of Edmond North beat Jenks’ McKinleigh Lair, 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles finals.

Enid was seventh in the boys tournament at Crosslin Park with 10 points. Jenks beat out Edmond North, 30-28 for the team title.

Jason Christopherson and Blake Young beat Ponca City’s twins duo Aaron and Caleb Stuemky for fifth, 7-6, 6-4.

“I wasn’t 100 percent because of my shoulder,’’ Christopherson said, “but I felt I did all right.’’

Zach Gwin and Connor Angleton fell to Ponca City’s Paden Cloud and Payton Wynes, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 in the No. 1 doubles fifth-place match.

Herndon said he was encouraged both doubles teams reached the consolation finals.

Koderick Miller was seventh at No. 1 singles. Tyler Hallett was eighth at No. 2.

Individual winners were Nate Roper of Edmond North, No. 1 singles; Daniel Langston of Ponca City, No. 2 singles; Chase Gordon and Mitchell Worley of Jenks, No. 1 doubles and John Toneilli and Alex Antonides of Jenks, No. 2 doubles.