All four Ada entries reached the finals to help the Cougars win their first girls state tennis title since 1998.
“We’ve been in the top three or four most years,” said Skip Griese, who has been Ada’s boys and girls tennis coach for 30 years, assisted by Terry Swopes and Joe Neil Griese. “We were lucky enough and fortunate enough to get some breaks here and there, plus we won the matches we needed to win.”
Junior Taylor Wood won No. 1 singles. Senior Haley Dean was runner-up in No. 2 singles. Junior Natalie Keel and freshman Karsen Sheffield won No. 1 doubles while Menee Thomsen and Mikala Wheichel won No. 2 doubles.
“Between changes in classification of private schools, and our ADM going down, we were in this class (instead of 5A),” Griese said. “Somebody had to win it. We played well at the end which is when you want to peak. This is something these girls will always remember.”
WESTBY WINS REMATCH
Southmoore junior Jordan Henry upset Tulsa Kelley’s Madison Westby at regionals last week to earn the top seed at the Class 6A girls state tournament. Both reached the finals. Westby won the rematch 6-2, 6-2.
“I’m a little upset (I lost in the finals) but I don’t know why because I have nothing to be upset about,” Henry said. “Making it to the finals is a big deal.
“I called this my freshman year that my junior year was going to be my best year. Now I’m hoping my senior season will be even better. It was a great experience. Next year my goal will be to win it.”
WOOD WINS 4A TITLE
Wood was 1 year old the last time Ada won a girls state tennis title. After the team hoisted the trophy Saturday afternoon at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center, all six players’ names will be added to the tennis “honor” board at the practice facilities at the school.
Leading the way was Wood, who won No. 1 singles with a 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 win over top-seeded Jonna Vanderslice, from Weatherford.
“There are no words to describe how I feel,” Wood said. “When I was 8 years old I remember looking at our board, saying my name would be up there some day and now it will be. It’s such a tremendous feeling, something you dream about.”
CASCIA HALL WINS 5A
Led by senior Peyton Jennings winning the No. 1 singles title, Cascia Hall won the Class 5A title, the Commandos’ fourth girls state tennis title but their first since 2002.
The Commandos advanced three of their four entries to the finals. Freshman Kimmi Koors was runner-up in No. 2 singles. Both doubles’ teams (Jacque Dukes/Hayden Siegfried and Nicole Han/McKenzie Miley) reached the finals.