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May 14, 2013

Two Acers earn all-state honors

ENID, Okla. — Kathryn Dillingham and Alex Dick didn’t achieve their goal of winning the No. 1 doubles championship at the state Class 6A tennis tournament.

But the Acer duo will still leave strong legacy from their senior year after being named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association West girls All-State team Tuesday. The all-star match will be in July during the OCA coaches clinic.

“They are very deserving,’’ said Enid coach Darrell Herndon. “They have been the leaders of the team the past four years. Mackenzie (Zaloudek, Enid’s last all-stater in 2011)) was their tutor, but they took the reins without missing a beat. They only pick eight so it’s pretty rare for one team to get two in there.’’

Dick and Dillingham lost to Jenks’ Piper Huey and McKinleigh Lair 7-6, 6-3 in the state No. 1 doubles finals earlier this month. They had a 36-4 record and won eight tournaments. At one point, they had a 23-match winning streak.

They have sparkling career stats. They join Zaloudek, Heather Ring, Molly Dense, Chelsey Janzen and Jenilee Wood as the lone Acers to reach the state semifinals in all four years of their eligibility.

Dillingham had a career doubles record of 122-18, winning the No. 1 title with Zaloudek in 2010 and finishing second with her in 2011. She was fourth a No. 1 singles in 2012. She had a career 29-12 singles record.

Dick had a career doubles record of 120-14, winning the No. 2 doubles title with Macy Zaloudek in 2011 with a perfect 32-0 record, and finishing second at No. 1 doubles with sister Gabrielle last year.

She was third at No. 1 singles as a freshman, beating Jodi Blackim of Broken Arrow in the third-place match to avenge five earlier losses. Herndon still uses that as an example of how anything can happen at the state tournament. Dick had a singles record of 38-17.

“They were very dominant doubles players,’’ Herndon said. “That’s a pretty awesome record. They worked hard at it year round. The people who are successful are usually the ones that play year round and work very hard at it.’’

Both led more by example.

“They were quiet leaders,’’ Herndon said. “You could depend on them. They leave a real big hole.’’

Enid had three third-place and one fourth-place team finish in their tenure. The only disappointment for Herndon was the Acers falling a point short of second place this year.

“That was a real bummer,’’ Herndon said. “They played well at state. The team deserved at least a second-place trophy.’’

Neither plans to play competitively in college. Dick will attend the University of Oklahoma, while Dillingham will go to Southern Methodist University.´┐ŻBy Bruce Campbell

Staff Writer

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