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May 4, 2013

Acers 3rd in 6A state tennis

OKLAHOMA CITY —  Enid’s girls had a frustrating finish at the Class 6A state tennis championships Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

The Acers, who entered the day with a shot at the team title, went 1-3 in the final round and ended up third behind Jenks (32) and Tulsa Kelley (24) with 23 points. EHS had entered the tournament ranked No. 2.

EHS got seconds from Gabrielle Dick, No. 2 singles and the No. 1  doubles team of Kathryn Dillingham and Alex Dick; a third from the No. 2 doubles team of Savannah Blasi and Lulu Ruding; and sixth from Alexis Blasi, No. 1 singles.

The only division that didn’t live up to their seed was Blasi and Ruding, who were the No. 2 seed.

“We had been ranked ahead of Kelley all year,’’ said Enid coach Darrell Herndon

“Losing the runner-up to them was more disappointing than finishing behind Jenks (which had been ranked No. 1).’’

Herndon said the Acers still had a good season, despite the disappointment.

“Every person was important to where we got today,’’ Herndon said. “It was a good team effort. We just came up a little short. We knew we had to beat Jenks in some matches and get some help. It just didn’t happen. When teams are this close in quality, anything can happen.’’

Gabrielle Dick fell to Jenks’ Jenny Bond 6-0, 6-2 in the finals after beating Mallory Brookover of Kelley 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals earlier in the day.

Dick, who had split matches with Bond in the regular season, finished with  33-6 record. The loss to Bond ended a 13-match winning streak.

“She just didn’t have a good match,’’ Herndon said. “She never got in rhythm.’’

Alex Dick and Dillingham lost to Jenks’ McKinleigh Lair and Piper Huey 7-6, 6-3 in the finals. They had avenged an earlier loss to Southmoore’s Jordan Henry and Lexie Klinger 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals.

Dick and Dillingham had set point in the first set at 6-4 in the tiebreaker but ended up losing 9-7.

“That was the turning point,’’ Herndon said.

Dillingham and Dick finished with a 36-4 record.

Savannah Blasi and Ruding were upset in the semifinals by Edmond North’s Katie Liszewski and Rylee Tucker, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, but came back to beat McGuinness’ Katie Conrad and Madison Schick, 7-6, 6-2 for third. They finished with 18-2 record.

Alexis Blasi fell to Broken Arrow’s Courtney Coon for the fourth time this season, 6-3, 6-4 for fifth. She had reached the consolation finals by beating Morgan Schick of McGuinness, 6-2, 6-2 and Maya Hamaker of Edmond Memorial for the third time 6-3, 6-4.

Blasi finished the season with a 24-16 record.

“We still had a great season,’’ said Herndon, whose team won seven tournaments this season.

The Acers will lose four seniors — Dillingham, Alex Dick, Ruding and Madison Blevins.

“Kat and Alex have been great leaders for us,’’ Herndon said. “We have had a great team the last four years because of these girls.’’

Savannah Blasi, Gabrielle Dick and Alexis Blasi will be returning for the Acers next season.

The EHS boys will be going to regionals Monday in Edmond.

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