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May 5, 2014

Enid's girls win tennis regional

ENID, Okla. — Enid’s girls beat McGuinness when it really counted at the 6A regional tennis tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center Monday.

The Acers won a coin flip over the Irish to take home the championship trophy after the two teams tied for first with 21 points.

That gave retiring coach Darrell Herndon yet another regional championship.

“It’s been a privilege to go along with the ride,’’ Herndon said. “It wasn’t too emotional today, but it did cross my mind. It’s nice to have a plaque to finish with. Now, we need to go get that state trophy (Friday and Saturday at the Tennis Center).

EHS had two champions in Savannah Blasi, No. 1 singles and the No. 1 doubles combo of Gabrielle Dick and Alexis Blasi. Kaylee Heitfeld and Mia Goulart were second at No. 2 doubles. Abby Gwin was third at No. 2 singles.

That qualified all four divisions for state.

Savannah Blasi avenged an earlier loss to Norman North’s Nina Jaberzemski, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) in the finals. Blasi won the first five points of the tiebreaker before holding on. Jaberzemski won the first meeting 7-6, 6-1 in Blasi’s first tournament after reporting from basketball.

“She was a little nervous,’’ Herndon said, “but that was a big win. That gives her the seed over the other girl.’’

Blasi takes a 20-7 record into state.

Alexis Blasi and Dick beat McGuinness’ Coffey and Dill, 6-0, 6-4 in the finals. The EHS duo lost only six games on the day in raising their record to 29-6. They have won five straight tournaments and 16 straight matches.

“They are moving right in there,’’ Herdon said. “They should get a high seed for state.’’

Heitfeld and Goulart reached a final for the first time this season. They fell to the top-seeded duo of Lorenzo and Browning of McGuinness, 6-3, 7-5 in the finals. They lost only four games their first two matches to raise their record to 15-9.

“They played pretty good,’’ Herndon said.

Gwin played all of her four matches on the same court. She lost in the semifinals to Cassidy Cooper of Norman North 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, but gave Enid the tie for the title when she outlasted Yukon’s Jordan Wolfe, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the third-place match which was the final match of the day. She raised her record to 14-16.

“She had a long day,’’ Herndon said, “but something positive came out of it. She had everybody cheering for her. It was just a good day overall. We didn’t lose any seedings, and we took care of the seedings that we needed to.’’

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