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May 6, 2013

Angleton-Christopherson team qualify for state

EDMOND, Okla. — Jason Christopherson and Connor Angleton kept Enid’s streak alive of qualifying at least one division for the state boys tennis tournament at the regional tournament at Kickingbird Golf Club Monday.

Christopherson and Angelton, the No. 4 seed, finished a surprising second in No. 1 doubles to get their ticket punched for the Class 6A state tournament, which begins Friday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

The EHS duo upset the No. 2 seed 7-6, 6-2 in the semifinals, before losing to top-seeded Bryan Lilley and Pierce Bryant of Edmond North 6-2, 6-0 in the finals.

Christopherson and Angleton will take a 6-5 record into state. They were playing only their third tournament together.

It’s the third time Christopherson has qualified and the second time for Angleton.

“It’s nice that our lone senior is involved,’’ said Enid coach Darrell Herndon. “It’s good that Connor Angleton is going to get the experience of playing in another state tournament.’’

The news wasn’t as good for the rest of the lineup.

EHS got fifth-place finishes from Zach Gwin, No. 1 singles, and the No. 2 doubles team of Tyler Hallett and Blake Young. Koderick Miller was sixth at No. 2 singles.

Gwin and the Hallett-Young team will be alternates for state. The top four finishers qualified.

All three divisions lost in straight sets in the consolation semifinals. If they had won, they would have qualified for state.

Gwin lost to No. 2 seed Joseph Davenport of Edmond Santa 6-4, 6-2, but came back to beat Midwest City’s Dustin Pexa for fifth, 6-1, 6-1. He finished the season with an 8-16 record.

Hallett and Young beat a Putnam City team 6-0, 4-6, 6-0 for fifth. They finished with a 3-5 record. Miller fell to Midwest City’s Phillip Knisely for fifth 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 to finish the season at 6-17.

The entire team will be at state to root Angelton and Christopherson on.

Herndon said with No. 1 player Daniel Martinez out with a hip injury, it was a difficult season for all.

“Everybody had to play up a level, so they didn’t see how much they have improved,’’ Herndon said. “With Daniel back next year, everyone should be more competitive. I’m looking for bigger things next year.’

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