Girls player of the year: Switch doesn’t slow Whitney Ritchie

ROBERT PRZYBYLO Modified: June 4, 2009 at 4:47 am •  Published: June 4, 2009
Bishop McGuinness junior Whitney Ritchie was destined to have success in some athletic endeavor.

The question was which sport would it be in?

With her mother, Cheri, a talented basketball player, and her father, Tim, the same on the tennis court, the skill was simply in the genes.

Though she played basketball through her freshman season, the question was answered emphatically on the tennis court as a freshman and sophomore. She was living up to the family name and making one for herself with two state championships in doubles competition.

But her junior year would be different. For the first time, there would be no partner to back her up and give encouragement.

Ritchie was ready for the challenge, but it did put a lot of extra pressure on her. Not from the team or the coaches but from herself.

"I had to focus a lot more, because I didn’t have a partner to help me. It was a lot more nerve wracking, but it was a lot of fun, too,” Ritchie said.

As the No. 1 singles player, she was slated to be the best player on the best team in the state.

Ritchie proved it time and again throughout the season.

Ritchie went undefeated to earn her third state championship but first as a singles player and earn The Oklahoman’s Girls All-City Tennis Player of the Year.


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