By Bruce Campbell Staff Writer
Top-seeded Morgan Humphrey felt a "little pressure'' about facing Emerson Junior High student Mackenzie Zaloudek, who was playing up a age group, in the Girls 16-Under finals of the Chick-fil-A Oakwood Junior Open tennis tournament at Oakwood Country Sunday.
"I was saying to myself, I have to play my game to my fullest and not let up,'' she said.
Humphrey did exactly that in a 6-0, 6-1 victory in a match that was closer than the score indicated as the match was filled with long rallies.
Humphrey held off break point twice at 1-1 in the second and came back from a double break point at 4-1. She held off game point twice at 2-0 on Zaloudek's serve at 2-0 in the first set.
"It was really close,'' Humphrey said. "We rallied at least five times on every point. I felt I had an advantage over her because of her experience. I just focused on each point and kept the ball in play. She made more mistakes in the first set ... it was a really good match."'
Humphrey lost only one game in her three matches. It was her third championship of the summer.
"I'm very pleased with that,'' she said. "I've felt I've gotten so much better this summer."'
Humphrey will play in a Missouri Valley Tennis Association Futures Tournament in Topeka in two weeks. She will play doubles with Enid High teammate Emily Fike.
Zaloudek said she got what she wanted out of the tournament.
"I did OK,'' she said. "Her experience made a lot of difference. I just tried to make my shots. It was a good experience for me to play older players."'
Enid players swept the other four championships -- Max Keeling, Boys 18s; Bates Enmeier, Boys 10s; Alexandra Dick, Girls 12s; and Dru Keeling, Girls 14s.
Max Keeling outlasted Edmond Memorial's Ryan Montgomery, the top seed, 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 10-5. Keeling broke a 6-6 tie in the tiebreaker in the first set by hitting a cross court shot for a winner and by having Montgomery hit a shot in the net.
In the super tiebreaker, Keeling won nine of the last 10 points to come back from a 4-1 deficit.
"In the tiebreaker, I was trying to run him a little more and keep the ball deep because he would come in and take the short balls and come to the net,'' Keeling said. "I was getting nervous when he was at the net and I would miss."'
Keeling said Montgomery was more consistent than he was before the super tiebreaker. Keeling, playing up an age group, liked the pace the match was going.
"It's a lot funnier in the 18s (than 16s) to hit ball like that,'' Keeling said. "This will help me with high school tennis. I'm going to stay in the 16s, though. If I do well in the 16s, I'm going to move up ... but I'm not ranked that high yet."'
Keeling was intense throughout the match, yelling at himself.
"I think I needed to come down a little bit,'' he said. "I missed some shots because I was too intense."'
Dru Keeling outlasted fellow Enid resident Shelby Unruh, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6) in a two-hour, 45-minute marathon.
"Oh my goodness, it was hard,'' Keeling said. "We went back and forth. If you won a point, you would hit it in the net the next time."'
Dick upset No. 1 seed Ashlynn Sutton of Mustang, 6-0, 6-2.
"That girl is awesome,'' said tournament director Jim Shaughnessy, the Oakwood Country Club pro.
Enmeier defeated Daniel Martinez, 8-2 in an All-Enid final.
Humphrey and Max Keeling defeated Jacob Garrison and Mallory Tagge, 6-2, 6-3 in the 18-under mixed doubles finals. Samuel Cannon and Zaloudek beat Brock Enmeier and Dru Keeling, 6-1, 6-3 in the 14-under finals.
By Bruce Campbell Staff Writer
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