Girls state tennis tournament: Edmond North, Jenks finish as Class 6A co-state champions

Rallying on Saturday by winning titles in No. 2 singles (Jaci Smith) and No. 2 doubles (Katie Liszewski and Hayley Morgan), Edmond North finished as co-state champions with Jenks on Saturday afternoon at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
by Michael Baldwin Published: May 10, 2014
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The Edmond North girls’ tennis program has put together a nice run in recent years.

Rallying on Saturday by winning titles in No. 2 singles (Jaci Smith) and No. 2 doubles (Katie Liszewski and Hayley Morgan), Edmond North finished as co-state champions with Jenks on Saturday afternoon at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.


“We knew we were the underdogs coming in but at the same time we believed this was possible if we played our best tennis,” said coach DeeAnn Wallar, who has coached the Huskies since 2008. “This feels so fantastic. This truly was a team victory.”

The Huskies and Trojans both finished with 23 points.

“Twelve hours ago none of us probably thought it was possible to win state,” said Smith, who defeated top-seeded Caroline Reynolds of Tulsa Kelley 6-0, 6-0 in the finals. “We thought we were out of the running. It’s such a great feeling to come back today and play great as a team.”

It’s Edmond North’s fifth girls’ tennis championship, their fourth of the past six years.

“A lot of our kids in our middle school programs were here this weekend,” Wallar said. “That’s the kind of tradition we’re building. They someday want to do what this team did today, win a state title. I’ve been so fortunate to have some great kids.”

Based on regular-season tournaments and seeds in the four divisions, Jenks was the favorite. The Trojans were the overwhelming favorite heading into Saturday after Edmond North’s No. 1 singles player was eliminated early.

“This team is so close,” Smith said. “We motivate each other which helps us all play better individually. Some of us knew we had to step it up, but we knew together we could do it as a team.”

The key match was the No. 2 doubles team winning their division, highlighted by a win Saturday morning in the semifinals against Jenks, which featured the top seed.

“It shows the depth of our program,” Wallar said. “We have seven or eight girls who contributed this year. We knew we’d have to play well this weekend.”


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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