Edmond North senior David Hager has won three consecutive state championships in tennis. He still believes he has something to prove.
Hager is the three-time defending champion at No. 2 singles, but this year he moved up to play No. 1 singles for the Huskies.
He is unbeaten at 27-0 and cruised to two easy victories Friday to advance to Saturday’s semifinals in the Class 6A state tennis championships at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
“I think there is a lot to prove,” Hager said. “I think winning at No. 1 singles would be the icing on the cake after the last three years at No 2. I think it means more playing at No. 1 singles and because I am a senior and going for my fourth. I think all of those things kind of make this one extra special.”
Hager would have been playing No. 1 singles for most 6A schools during his prep career, but that spot at Edmond North was filled by three-time individual state champion Nate Roper, who is now playing at Oklahoma State University.
Hager won his third individual state championship last year despite missing most of the season with the stress fracture. It is an injury that still bothers him on occasion.
“I have been pretty healthy (this season),” Hager said. “I still have a little bit of back pain from my stress fracture, but it’s been good this year.”
Next season, Hager will take his tennis talent to Davidson, a small liberal arts college in North Carolina but a Division I school.
“I looked at a lot of schools,” Hager said. “I wanted a school that was academically focused as well as athletically. It’s a good academic school. There were a lot of things I liked about it.”