Jordan Henry continues to help put Southmoore tennis on the map.
While the six-year-old school doesn’t have near the track record of success as some other schools around the state, her achievements for the SaberCats are impossible to ignore.
Henry, The Oklahoman’s All-City Girls Tennis Player of the Year, finished runner-up in No. 1 singles as a junior at the Class 6A state tournament last month.
“The fact that she’s been very successful has other kids thinking, ‘Well, I’d like to try that,’ so it’s really helped the program,” said Southmoore coach Kelly Johnson.
“The kids really look up to her. She’s very helpful, she’s a role model, and she’s a leader. She’s a true asset.”
Henry qualified for the state tournament individually as a freshman, before switching to No. 1 doubles as a sophomore and placing third along with former teammate Lexie Klingler.
“I take a lot of pride in trying to help Southmoore build the program,” Henry said. “I’m hoping with the success that I’ve had, it’s going to inspire kids from our school to just go out and play. This is my sport, this is what I do, and I’m always going to want more people to join.”
Henry turned heads last month with an upset of Tulsa Kelley senior Madison Westby in the regional finals. Westby, who is heading to Southern California, avenged the loss a week later in the state finals to win her fourth state title.
“She got close and I think she was extremely disappointed, because she knew that she could do it and that has kind of sparked the fire even more,” said Southmoore coach Kelly Johnson. “She wants to be on the top of that podium. And I think a part of that drive is that she is from Southmoore, she is from Moore, she’s not from the east side.”
The Tennis Recruiting Network ranks Henry as a three-star recruit, receiving interest from several schools, including Oklahoma and Wichita State. Henry says her play in tournaments this summer will help decide her tennis future beyond high school, but she’s already begun to set her sights on next spring.
“I have started to think about (next season) a little bit,” Henry said. “I’m definitely looking to win (state). I think I’ve built up to my senior year to win it. Sophomore year getting third, this year getting second, I think now it’s time for me to actually win it.”