The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


March 29, 2013

Acers 2nd at TOC

OKLAHOMA CITY —  — It took an act of Mother Nature to deny Enid’s Alex Dick and Kathryn Dillingham an outright No. 1 doubles championship at the Braver Tournament of Champions at Heritage Hall Friday.

Dick and Dillingham were leading Jenks’ Alix Williams and McKinleigh Lair, 5-4 in the third set of the No. 1 doubles finals when the match was halted by lightning.

Dick and Dillingham had won the first set, 6-4 and had lost the second 6-7.

It will go down as no match.

“We would have liked to have finished it out, but when lightning is around, you have to get out of there,’’ said Enid coach Darrell Herndon.

Dick and Dillingham did win the coin toss for the first place medal

. Their two wins raised their record to 16-2.

The Acers finished second to Jenks in the elite tournament, 32-25. Edmond North was third with 22.

“It’s the same three old teams,’’ Herndon said. “We had a good effort today. It was a tough tournament.’’

Savannah Blasi and Lulu Ruding were second at No. 2 doubles. Gabrielle Dick was fourth at No. 2 singles and Alexis Blasi was fifth at No. 1 singles.

Savannah Blasi and Ruding lost to Jenks’ Mariah Burke and Shannon Decker, 6-3, 7-5. They beat Edmond North’s Carter and Liszewski, 6-4, 6-2 for the second time this season in the semifinals.

“They had a very respectable match against Jenks in the finals,’’ Herndon said.

Gabrielle Dick fell to Rylee Tucker of Edmond North, 6-1, 6-1 in the third-place match. Her two losses dropped her record to 16-3 overall.

“She just had one of those days where she was off a little bit,’’ Herndon said. “Those things happen. She tried hard. She will bounce back.’’

Alexis Blasi avenged an earlier loss to Ada’s Margo Martin in the consolation finals, 7-5, 7-5 to raise her record to 9-10.

“That was a marathon match,’’ Herndon said. “Alexis did a really good job today.’’

The Acers are scheduled to host their own invitational on Monday, weather permitting. Jenks and Edmond North are in the field.

“We held off Edmond North today,’’ Herndon said. “We’re still pushing Jenks. We just hope things will fall in place down the line.’’

Team - 2. 25 point.

Alexis Blasi, No. 2 - def. by Piper Huey, Jenks, 7-6, 6-2; def. Brittany Toone, Duncan, 6-3, 6-1. 5th - def. Margo Martin, Ada, 7-5, 7-5

Gabrielle Dick, No. 2 singles, 4th - def. Ashley Baker, Metro Christian, 6-1, 6-0; def. by Alex Bowers, Duncan, 6-4, 6-2. 3rd - def. by Rylee Tucker, Edmond North, 6-1, 6-1

Alex Dick-Kathryn Dillingham, No. 1 doubles, finals - def. Cassidy-Henricks, Duncan, 6-0, 6-1; def. Overby-Smith, Edmond North, 6-1, 6-0; Finals — vs.. No. 1-seed Lair, Williams-Jenks, 6-4, 6-7, 5-4 called rain.

Savannah Blasi-Lulu Ruding, No. 2 doubles, 2nd - def. Cameron-Martinez, Edmond Memorial, 6-0, 6-1; def. Carter-Liszewski, edmond north 6-4, 6-2. def. by Burke-Decker, Jenks, 6-3, 7-5

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