The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 4, 2014

Acers go to regionals

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid coach Darrell Herndon goes into his final girls regional tennis tournament at Oklahoma City Tennis Center with a little confidence.

The Acers are expected to battle longtime power Oklahoma City McGuinness for the championship.

“I feel good about our chances,’’ Herndon said. “We match up with McGuinness pretty good at the ones. It’s not like we have to have a perfect day to beat them.’’

Enid goes with a lineup of Savannah Blasi (17-7), No. 1 singles; Abby Gwin (11-15), No. 2 singles; Gabrielle Dick and Alexis Blasi (26-6), No. 1 doubles; and Kaylee Heitfeld and Mia Goulart (13-8), No. 2 doubles.

Dick and Blasi are riding a 13-match winning streak. They have won four-straight tournaments and five overall.

They have yet to face McGuinness this season.

Savannah Blasi has reached the finals of her last four tournaments. She has not faced McGuinness this season, but lost to Norman North’s Nina Jabercenski, 7-6, 6-1 in her second match of the season after coming out late from basketball.

“We’re glad we get a chance to play her again,’’ Herndon said.

Gwin and Heitfeld and Goulart are playing in their first regional tournament. The top four finishers qualify for the state tournament Friday and Saturday at the Tennis Center.

Rounding out the field are Midwest City, Putnam City North, U.S. Grant, Westmoore and Yukon.