Girls tennis captures two tourney titles
By Kyle Salomon,
Mustang’s girls tennis squad won two tournaments last week.
The Lady Broncos won the Midwest City tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center April 7, and then won their own tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center the following day.
In the Midwest City tourney, the Bronco girls team won first place in both doubles competitions and took first place in the No.2 doubles bracket in the Mustang tournament.
“I’m really proud of the girls for the way they have competed and played all season,” Mustang head coach Dave Rankin said. “They had two really strong tournaments last week and they are eager to get back to work and get even better down the stretch of the season.”
In the No.1 singles competition in the Midwest City tournament, Kyndal Heath competed for the Lady Broncos. Heath fell to Edmond North in her opening match 0-6, 4-6, but rebounded with two wins against Choctaw 6-4, 7-6, and Midwest City 7-5, 6-0.
Stevie Josey competed in the No.2 singles slot for Mustang in the Midwest City tournament and took third place in the competition. Josey defeated Edmond North in the third-place match 7-6, 6-1.
In the No.1 doubles competition, the duo team of Josey and Jessica Atkins took down Putnam City 6-2, 7-6 in round one, beat Edmond Memorial 6-1, 6-1 in round two and took down Norman North 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 in the final round.
In the No.2 doubles bracket of the MWC event, Heather Underwood and Taylor Sullivan made up the Lady Broncos pair. The duo defeated Edmond Santa Fe 6-3, 6-2 in the first round, beat Choctaw 6-1, 6-0 in the second and took out Carl Albert 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in their final bout.
“The biggest thing about this group of girls is they are all about the team,” Rankin said. “There is no one out here who is all about themselves. They put the team first, and that is really great to see.”
In the No.1 singles for the Mustang tournament, Josey competed for the Bronco girls, defeating Moore 6-0, 6-0, and Yukon 6-2, 6-1, before falling to Southmoore in the finals 0-6, 0-6.
Heath, competing in the No.2 singles slot, took out Midwest City 6-1, 6-0, hammered Moore 6-0, 6-0 and fell to Choctaw in the finals 2-6, 1-6.
Atkins and Anita Casteel competed in the No.1 doubles position for the Lady Broncos in the Mustang tournament. The pair dominated Putnam City North 6-0, 6-2, fell to Moore in round two 5-7, 4-6, and beat Choctaw 6-2, 7-5.
Underwood and Sullivan competed in the No.2 doubles slot. They had a bye in the first round, defeated PC North 6-4, 6-3 in round two and beat Choctaw 6-1, 6-2 in the finals.
“If we continue to work hard in practice and play well down the stretch, I like our chances in the postseason,” Rankin said. “This has been a really fun ride so far this year.”