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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, Published: May 3, 2013

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.


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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