The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 6, 2013

Acers capture Ada tennis title

Enid News and Eagle

ADA, Okla. — For the first time in five meetings, Enid’s girls finished ahead of Jenks in a tennis tournament this season.

The Acers had two champions (Alex Dick and Kathryn Dillingham in No. 1 doubles, and Savannah Blasi and Lulu Ruding in No. 2 doubles) and two runners-up (Alexis Blasi, No. 1 singles and Gabrielle Dick, No. 2 singles) in winning the Ada Tournament Saturday.

Enid had 60 points to outdistance Duncan (52), Jenks (45) and Edmond North (44) for the championship. The Lady Trojans did not use a No. 1 singles player.

“It’s nice winning a 16-team tournament,’’ said Enid coach Darrell Herndon, whose team had won the Union and Norman tournaments earlier this season. “We had a good day. Jenks not having a No. 1 singles player made a little bit of difference, but the bottom line is you still have to compete. All these tournaments are a buildup to the big event in May (state).’’

Dick and Dillingham raised their record to 22-2 by beating Jenks’ McKinleigh Lair and Alix Williams, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 in the finals. They were up on that Jenks team at Heritage Hall last week when weather stopped play.

“That was a good confidence builder for them,’’ Herndon said. “Anytime you beat Jenks, it’s a good win.’’

Dick and Dillingham beat Jenks’ Piper Huey and Shannon Decker in the finals of the Enid Invitational Monday. They have won 12 straight matches. It was their fifth championship of the season.

Ruding and Savannah Blasi beat Duncan’s Carly Kirkland and Marissa Moore, 6-1, 7-5 in the No. 2 doubles finals to claim their second championship of the season. They won three matches in straight sets to reach the finals and raise their record to 10-1.

“They played well,’’ Herndon said.

Alexis Blasi reached a final for the first time this season. She lost to Edmond North’s Ann Pepper for the second time this week, 6-1, 6-1 in the finals. She is now 13-12 overall.

“She needed something like this,’’ Herndon said.

Gabrielle Dick, 19-6, lost to Jenks’ Jenny Bond, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. She had beaten Bond in three sets, 5-7, 6-0, 10-6 in the Jenks finals.

“You just have to beat them once at state,’’ Herndon said. “It takes all four divisions to play well and get some help from other teams to win the state tournament. The whole thing here is to learn for state.’’

The Acers will go to the Broken Arrow Tournament Tuesday.

“This was a good tournament to win,’’ Herndon said. “There’s a lot of respect for the Ada Tournament. But it doesn’t mean a thing until the state tournament.’’

Enid results

Team — 1. 60 points

Alexis Blasi, No. 1 singles, 2nd — bye; def. Aista Chandraseka, Union, 6-2, 6-1; def. Margo Martin, Ada, 6-4, 6-3. Finals — def. by Ann Pepper, Edmond North, 6-1, 6-1

Gabrielle Dick, No. 2 singles, 2nd — bye; def. Haley Dean, Aa 62-61; def. Alex Bowers, Duncan, 7-5, 6-2. Finals — def. by Jenny Bond, Jenks 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

Alex Dick-Kathryn Dillingham, No. 1 doubles, 1st — bye; def. Luiszewski-Overbey, Edmond North, 6-4, 6-0; def. Cassidy-Henricks, Duncan, 6-2, 6-1. Finals — def. Lair-Williams, Jenks, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3

Savannah Blasi-Lulu Ruding, No. 2 doubles, 1st - def. Bedford-Wright, Heritage Hall, 6-2, 6-2; def. Thomsen-Whelchel, Ada, 6-3, 7-5; def. Pinson-Seals, Ardmore, 6-4, injury default; def. Kirkland-Moore, Duncan, 6-1, 7-5