Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Enid coach Darrell Herndon is hoping that lessons learned in the Plainsmen and Acers’ sixth-place finishes at the talent-rich Tournament of Champions will pay off today at the Enid Invitational at Oakwood Country Club (girls) and Crosslin Park (boys).
It’s the third annual event which will have an all-6A public school field with Jenks, Edmond North, Edmond Memorial, Broken Arrow, Duncan, Shawnee and Muskogee joining the host team.
Jenks will go with a JV boys team since its varsity is in a national-level tournament this week. Broken Arrow’s girls won the recent Norman North Tournament.
“It’s just going to be another real tough tournament,’’ Herndon said. “I hope we can get even with some of the schools we faced at the Tournament of Champions.’’
Herndon is hoping both of his teams can finish “in the middle of the pack.
“I’m looking for improvement first and foremost,” Herndon said.
Daniel Martinez, who won the No. 1 singles title two years ago at the Enid Invitational before sitting out last season with an injury heads the Plainsmen lineup.
Martinez (11-6) could get a chance to avenge an earlier loss to Edmond North’s David Hager. Four of his losses have come to Union’s Bradley Gleason. Martinez is seeking his first individual title. He has three seconds.
He is expected to be joined by Zach Gwin (10-7), No. 2 singles; Connor Angleton and Ryan Leap (8-10), No. 1 doubles and Koderick Miller and Tyler Hallett (3-4), No. 2 doubles.
The Acers will go with a lineup of Savannah Blasi (6-2), No. 1 singles; Kaylee Heitfeld (1-6), No. 2 singles; Gabrielle Dick and Alexis Blasi (7-3), No. 1 doubles; and Abby Gwin and Mia Goulart (2-2), No. 2 doubles.
Savannah Blasi played No. 2 doubles at the Enid Invite last year while Dick and Alexis Blasi played singles.
The Acers have had two tournaments rained out this season, which has hampered the team’s progress and chemistry.
“We looked like we just finished our second tournament,’’ said Herndon after the Tournament of Champions. “There are some things we need to get better at and some bad habits we need to correct.”