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High school tennis notebook: Edmond North's Ann Pepper battles nerves

Veteran champion said she wants to go out on a good note.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: May 3, 2013
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Ann Pepper of Edmond North was a little bit nervous for her final state tennis tournament —  even if she had won it as a freshman playing at No. 2 singles and her junior year playing at No. 1 doubles.


“You want to go out on a good note,” Pepper said.

Pepper won twice on Friday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

Pepper said on Day 2 she's looking forward to good tennis and hard matches, while focusing on a bit of an adjustment with her return of serves.

BORSKY, GRACE BACK TOGETHER

Every match Jessica Borsky and Lindsey Grace played in last year's state tournament went three sets.

Heritage Hall's No. 1 doubles team wasn't paired this entire season, but once they did, they didn't face a three-set match. That was until Friday's second-round match against Cascia Hall.

Borsky and Grace won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. They credited dropping the second set to “losing focus” and “increasing errors.”

“We have experience with three sets,” Grace said laughing.

With the score 5-3 in Heritage Hall's favor in the final set, the 30-love and 40-love points were both put away at the net with a powerful overhead on the first and a rally of volleys on the second.

Borsky said with that many advantages on the final game, she thought just, “Fight for every point.”

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