State tennis notebook: Tulsa Kelley's Madison Westby wins third state title

The conditions were different from a year ago but the outcome was the same. Tulsa Kelley's Madison Westby won her third Class 6A state title Saturday.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: May 4, 2013
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photo - Perry's Lauryn Sullins plays in a Class 4A #1 Singles match during the girls high school state tennis tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 4, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Perry's Lauryn Sullins plays in a Class 4A #1 Singles match during the girls high school state tennis tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 4, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“It's a balancing act,” McCracken said.

JENKS FINALLY WINS TITLE

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

That's what Jenks coach Ron Acebo referred to when talking about finishing in the past as state runner-up to Edmond North.

“I think I have five state runner-up plaques,” Acebo said.

On Saturday, Acebo's Jenks girl's tennis team was the bride and the 6A state team champion.

Jenks' athletes also finished as the winners in all individual positions except No. 1 singles.

BARNES GETS FIRST GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

Duncan coach Phil Barnes and his girl's tennis team settled for heartbreak after heartbreak for six out of the last seven years.

They'd finished second in the state tournament those six years.

This year, they took backseat to no one and gathered 32 points to win their first title in Barnes' 15 years at the helm. Barnes also holds six state titles with the Duncan boys tennis team.

“Everybody stepped up,” he said. “We could have won them all or easily lost them all. We weren't supposed to win our doubles matches, but we did.”

METRO GIVES IT THEIR ALL

Tulsa Metro's girl's tennis team gave it all they had at state — literally.

Their entire team was only six girls.

“You make varsity if you play tennis for us,” coach Claire Henley said.

Metro won Class 4A by two points over Perry, 25 to 23. Metro also won Class 4A last year but never thought they would repeat, especially with just six girls.

“We are beyond over the moon that this worked out like this for us,” Metro assistant coach Mary Jo Tasker said.

Last year, Metro had more than six players but they lost some to graduation.


by Stephanie Kuzydym
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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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