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April 29, 2013

Acers capture regional

OKLAHOMA CITY —  Kathryn Dillingham and Alex Dick had a 23-match winning streak broken at Monday’s girls regional tennis tournament Monday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center, but the news was still good for Enid.

The Acers won three of the four divisions to repeat as regional chanps — Alexis Blasi, No. 1 singles; Gabrielle Dick, No. 2 singles and Savannah Blasi and Lulu Ruding, No. 2 doubles.

Alexis Blasi, 21-14, beat Edmond Memorial’s Maya Hamaker 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in the finals, which was the highlight of the day for the No. 2-ranked Acers. It was Blasi’s second win in three matches over Hamaker.

“That was huge for seeding for state,’’ said Enid coach Darrell Herndon. “We have the Edmond North, Owasso, Broken Arrow and Jenks girls ahead of us, but that could give Alexis the No. 5 seed. We’ll see how the others come in.’’

Gabrielle Dick raised her record to 30-5 with two wins at No. 2 singles, including a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Mustang’s Stevie Josey in the finals.

Savannah Blasi and Lulu Ruding had to go three sets before beating Edmond Memorial’s Sarah Cameron and Mary Martinez 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in the No. 2 doubles finals to raise their record to 15-1.

Herndon did praise Madison Blevins, Blasi’s other partner this season. Ruding was a narrow choice over Blevins to play at regional and state.

“It’s very beneficial to have seven varsity players,’’ Herndon said. “Madison has been an integral part of our success (21-6 record with Blasi). Unfortunately, we can’t substitute in tennis. We’re very proud of them.’’

Dillingham and Dick fell to Southmoore’s Jordan Henry and Kelli Klingler 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the finals. They had beaten the duo 6-3, 6-2 at the recent Edmond Tournament.

Dillingham and Dick will take a 33-3 record into the state tournament. Their other two losses came to Jenks teams.

“That was a little bit surprising,’’ Herndon said, “But it’s not going to affect the bracket very much. They will probably be the No. 3 seed instead of the No. 2 seed (which will be Henry and Klingler, Herndon said). Two and three play each other anyway so it really doesn’t make any difference. It probably gives us a little more incentive. It might light a fire under them.’’

Alexis Blasi, No. 1 singles, 1st — def. Dalinh Tran, Southmoore, 2-0, injury default; def. Maggie Marcum, Norman, 6-2, 6-2. Finals — def. Maya Hamaker, Edmond Memorial 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

Gabrielle Dick, No. 2 singles, 1st- bye; def. Gabby Schreiner, Norman, 6-1, 6-1; def. Stevie Josey, Mustang, 6-1, 6-1

Alex Dick-Kathryn Dillingham, No. 1 doubles, 2nd - def. Miklowski-P. Troung, Moore, 6-0, 6-1; def. Chanceller-Woods, Westmoore, 6-0, 6-0. Finals — def. by Henry-Klingler, Southmoore, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Savannah Blasi-Lulu Ruding, No. 2 doubles, 1st - bye; def. Thorne-A. Troung, Moore, 6-1, 6-1. Finals — def. Cameron-Martinez, Edmond Memorial, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

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