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 Published: May 3, 2013


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.


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.

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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