Girls tennis closes year with five at state
By Kyle Salomon,
The Mustang girls tennis team finished out its 2014 season last weekend with the 6A Girls Tennis State Tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
The Lady Broncos tennis squad qualified for the state tournament earlier last week with a second-place finish to Edmond North in the 6A west regional tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
The Bronco girls had five tennis players compete in the state tournament, won by Jenks and Edmond North, which tied with team scores of 23.
“I am very proud of the girls for their effort they put forth this season,” Mustang head coach Dave Rankin said. “They worked their tails off all season for us and had a really strong season. Having five girls make it to the state tournament was a great accomplishment.”
Mustang had Stevie Josey in the No.1 singles slot, Jessica Garner and Sarah Adkins in the No.1 doubles position and Heather Underwood and Taylor Sullivan in the No.2 doubles tournament.
Josey took on Annie Hays of Edmond North in her first-round bout and fell to Hays 0-6, 0-6. Josey then fell to Brittany Calhoun of Tulsa Union 2-6, 6-4, 2-6 in her second match.
Garner and Adkins dropped their first-round match to Lair and Williams of Jenks 0-6, 0-6. The Lady Broncos duo then dropped their second bout to Pryor and Gross of Norman North 6-7, 6-4, 2-6 to end their season.
Underwood and Sullivan got the only victory of the state tournament for Mustang with a first-round win against Carroll and Duckett of Putnam City North 6-3, 7-6. Underwood and Sullivan then fell to Stallings and Williams of Jenks 0-6, 0-6. In their final bout, the Bronco girls pair fell to Dickman and Peters of Bishop Kelley 0-6, 0-6.
“This team is still a very young team overall,” Rankin said. “There are a lot of really good young tennis players in the program. The seniors really led by example and laid the groundwork for the underclassmen to carry on into the future. It was an honor to coach this group.”