Class 5A girls state tennis: Heritage Hall rolls into semifinals

by Jason Kersey Published: May 4, 2012

Heritage Hall didn't lose a match Friday in the first two rounds of the Class 5A girls state tennis tournament, but coach Dick Villaflor isn't at all comfortable.

Sarah Bowen, who seeks her fourth individual state title, didn't lose a game in advancing to the semifinals at No. 1 singles.

Senior Kelsey Grace also is chasing her fourth title; she and partner Hannah Bowen advanced past McAlester and Carl Albert to reach Saturday's semis.

Sophomore Lindsey Grace, who won the No. 1 doubles title last year, and freshman Jessica Borsky are in the semifinals at No. 1 doubles, as is freshman Kat Allen at No. 1 singles.

“We've struggled in a couple of matches, but here at the state tournament you're going to struggle sometimes,” Villaflor said. “All that matters is who advances.”

So does Villaflor feel good about his team's chances?

“Not yet,” he said. “You'll have to talk to me tomorrow.”

Heritage Hall's girls won three straight Class 4A state titles before moving up to 5A for this season.

Duncan also didn't lose a match Friday. It beat Heritage Hall in three tournaments this season before the mid-April Duncan Tournament, when the two schools tied for first place.

TAHLEQUAH UPSETS ALTUS, ARDMORE TO EARN SEMIFINAL BERTH

Altus' No. 1 doubles team of Katherine Krawietz and Kayla Speer, the No. 3 seed that entered the state tournament with a 21-4 record, was upset by Tahlequah, the No. 14 seed, in Friday's first round.

Tahlequah's team, junior Karson Heist and sophomore Anne Linebarger, went on to top sixth-seeded Ardmore in the quarterfinals to move on to Saturday's semis.

Heist and Linebarger will face Heritage Hall at 12:30 p.m.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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