Heritage Hall senior Sarah Bowen got a tougher match than she expected in the No. 1 singles championship round. Bowen lost the first set 4-6 to Tulsa Cascia Hall sophomore Peyton Jennings but rallied to win 6-4, 6-2 to give Bowen her second consecutive singles title and her fourth-straight state championship. She won doubles championships as a freshman and sophomore.
“I was so tight in the first set that I was really playing with one hand around my neck,” Bowen said. “It feels so great to win and it was fun to be pushed for it.”
MIDWAY'S JORDAN FINISHES UNBEATEN
Midway senior Taylor Jordan's run to the state championship went just like her season did — flawlessly. Jordan entered the state tournament with a 25-0 record on the year and stormed through her competition before beating Tulsa Metro Christian's Reynolds Chew 6-4, 6-1 in the 4A No. 1 singles to win her first state championship.
CINCO DE WESTBY
There was a fiesta on the sidelines as Madison Westby, a sophomore at Tulsa Bishop Kelley High School, won the Class 6A No. 1 singles title Saturday. Westby's brother, Chase, and a few friends dressed in their best Cinco De Mayo gear complete with sombrero and maracas as Westby won her set 6-4, 6-3 against Owasso's Lauren Pickens to repeat as a state champion.
“It's an awesome feeling because this is our first year in 6A,” Westby said. “I want to win it four times, so it's nice to get this second win.”
Class 6A Bartlesville, 5A Duncan and 4A Sperry all took home the 2012 academic state championships. Both the Duncan and Sperry teams had a team grade-point average of 4.0. Bartlesville finished with 3.973.
Bartlesville coach Brent Massey said he is so proud of his team, which had one B among the entire team. He said school is what's important.
“It's a great honor,” he said. “We miss a lot of school for events, and this shows that the girls take care of business when they aren't on the court. In what will help them more in life, they are excelling there too.”