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.”
Maria Marcos felt her confidence growing in her forehand — especially in her placement on the corner of the ad side.
The more it grew, the stronger she hit until her nerves were gone and she won her No. 1 singles match 6-4, 6-2.
The first set involved tight hitting on both sides of the net, but in the second set Marcos began to relax.
“(My coach) was telling me to make adjustments and not to be tentative and keep going for my shots,” Marcos said.
That shot ended up being her forehand, which she powered through, leaving her opponent chasing after an angled shot.
OCS PLAYS THROUGH MISTAKES
The first team Danielle Roberts and Mackenzie Mefford faced at state wore shirts that said “Lob City.”
That was the exact problem that Oklahoma Christian School's No. 1 doubles team faced against Perry.
In their second round match, though, the OCS pair said they “didn't get worked up and played through mistakes” for a 6-2, 6-4 victory.
Mefford, who was a No. 1 singles player for much of the season, and Roberts are still trying to work to better understand each other, but the two seniors share a common goal.
“We want to be on the podium,” Roberts said as Mefford nodded her head and smiled.