The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 11, 2013

Acers win Ponca City tournament


Enid News and Eagle

PONCA CITY, Okla. — Enid’s girls and boys’ goals for the Ponca City tennis tournament were to have fun and not slip up on any possible seedings.

Mission accomplished.

The girls, despite being without No. 1 singles player Alexis Blasi, won their third-straight tournament with three champions – Gabrielle Dick, No. 2 singles; Alex Dick and Kathryn Dillingham, No. 1 doubles and Lulu Ruding and Savannah Blasi, No. 2 doubles.

Madison Blevins, filling in for Alexis Blasi, took fourth at No. 1 singles as EHS edged out Broken Arrow, 32-28 for the championship.

The boys, going back to their earlier lineup, had their highest finish of the season — fourth — as Jason Christopherson was third at No. 2 singles, Zach Gwin, fourth at No. 1 singles, Connor Angleton and Blake Young, fifth at No. 1 doubles and Tyler Hallet and Koderick Miller, sixth at No. 2 doubles.

“We want to keep up that momentum and the confidence level for the girls,’’ said Enid coach Darrell Herndon. “It was encouraging to see the boys have the success they did.’’

Alex Dick and Dillingham beat Edmond North’s Ann Pepper and Grace Overbey, 6-3, 6-4 in the finals to raise their record to 28-2 and extend their winning streak to 18 matches. Pepper is considered the favorite to win No. 1 singles at stte.

“It was a good challenge for them,’’ Herndon said.

Ruding and Blasi beat a Bartlesville team 6-1, 6-3 in the finals to raise their record to 13-1. They have won seven straight matches.

Gabrielle Dick beat Broken Arrow’s Madison Dabney for the second time this seasn, 6-1, 6-1 in the finals to raise her record to  24-6.

Blevins lost to Edmond North’s Rylee Tucker, 6-2, 6-1 in the third-place match, but her first-round win over Bartleville’s Lilly Geerts (6-3, 7-6) was one of the keys to the tournament, Herndon said.

In the boys, Gwin and Christopherson won first-round matches for the second time this season.

Gwin lost to Bartlesville’s Phil Collins 6-1, 6-1 for third. He is now 6-14. Christopherson raised his record to 7-5 by beating Colin Sanders of Bartlesville, 6-1, 6-0 for third That was his highest finish of the season.

Angleton and Young beat Ponca City’s Payden Cloud and Peyton Wyne, 6-4, 6-3 for fifth. They are now 7-13. Hallet and Miller lost to Ponca City’s Stuemky twins — Aaron and Caleb, 6-1, 6-2 in the consolation finals. They are now 8-10.

Enid results

Boys — Team - 4th, 17 points.

Zach Gwin, No. 1 singles, 4th — def. Noah Smith, Stillwater, 6-2, 6-3; def. by No. 1 seed Craig Mayes, Edmond Memorial, 6-1, 6-0. 3rd place — def. by Phil Collins, Bartlesville, 6-1, 6-1

Jason Christopherson, No. 2 singles, 3rd — def. Anthony Solrrendino, Stillwater, 6-1, 6-0; def. by Stephen Wolfe, Edmond Memorial, 6-2, 6-2. 3rd — def. Colin Sanders, Bartlesville, 6-1, 6-0

Connor Angleton-Blake Young, No. 1 doubles, 5th — def. by Gillespie-Santana, Edmond Memorial, 6-3, 6-0; def. Killam-Webster, Punam North, 6-3, 6-3. 5th - def. Cloud-Wynes, Ponca City, 6-4, 6-3

Tyler Hallet-Koderick Miller, No. 2 doubles, 6th — def. bu No. 2 sed Atkinson-Rucker, Edmond North, 6-1, 6-1; def. Pham-Willnes, PC North, 6-0, 6-3. 5th – def. by Stuemky-Stuemky, Ponca, 6-1, 6-2

Girls — Team – 1. 32 points

Madison Blevins, No. 1 singles, 4th — def. Lilly Geerts, Bartlesville, 6-3, 7-6; def. by No. 1 seed Maya Hamaker, Edmond Memorial, 6-0, 6-3. 3rd — def. by Rylee Tucker, Edmond North, 6-2, 6-1

Gabrielle Dick, No. 2 singles, 1st — bye; def. Megan Turcotti, Bartlesville, 6-1, 6-1. Fianls _ def. Madison Dabney, BA, 6-1, 6-1

Alex Dick-Kathryn Dillingham, No. 1 doubles, 1st - def. Brauer-Landis, PC North, 6-0, 6-0; def. Hale-Smith, Broken Arrow 6-1, 6-0. Finals — def. Ann Pepper-Overbey, Edmond North, 6-2, 6-4

Lulu Ruding-Savannah Blasi, No. 2 doubles, 1st - def. Allison-Baldwin, Ponca City, 6-0, 6-0; def. Cameron-Connell, Edmond Memorial, 6-0, 6-2. Finals — def. Craig-Krause, Bartlesville, 6-1, 6-3.