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.
She beat the same opponent she defeated in the championship during last year's state tournament, Lauren Pickens of Owasso.
This year, Westby won 6-4, 6-2 under cloudy skies and typical Oklahoma winds.
“Last year it was windy but it was pretty hot,” Westby said. “I am not a big fan of the cold, but playing this sport, you've got to be ready for everything. I like the wind. The wind's my friend.”
Westby played Pickens three other times this spring season, twice in high school play and once in a Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Westby won all three.
In the last year, Westby said her game has gotten stronger. She is already committed to the University of Southern California.
“I've gotten more consistent like hitting through the ball,” she said. “My serve has gotten bigger. I learned to stay in points longer.”
“Three-peat feels good.”
STATE'S BEST FRESHMAN INELIGIBLE
Olivia Hauger is only a freshman at Tulsa Washington, but she's already the best in the state — even if she wasn't eligible to be named the Class 5A state champion.
Hauger, who is ranked No. 325 in the world for juniors, was unable to participate in the state tournament because of an OSSAA ruling.
The rule states that a player must be in school 90 percent of the days before the state tournament. Hauger plays for the International Tennis Federation, the international governing body for tennis that provides juniors competitions worldwide. As part of the ITF, Hauger played in weeklong tournaments in places such as Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Tulsa Washington coach Kelly McCracken knew that Hauger participated in these tournaments. He told The Oklahoman he was aware of the rule but thought Hauger would be close but not go over.