Oklahoma City — The Ada Lady Cougars picked up their seventh state tennis tournament championship and the Byng Lady Pirates had their best finish ever in second place to highlight play at the Class 4A girls state tournament Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
All four of Ada’s entrants reached the state finals, and three captured titles as the Lady Cougars posted a team score of 34 while Byng edged out Henryetta for second place with a team score of 19. For the Lady Pirates, there was one second-place finish and two third-place efforts.
“We played really well the first day (Friday) going 8-0 in all of our matches, and the second day we played just as well (going 7-1 on Saturday),” said Ada head coach Skip Griese. “I need to give (assistant coaches) Terry Swope and Joe Neil Griese credit for the help they gave us all year, along with dedicated players, supporting parents and a great school system.”
The Lady Cougars captured state titles at No. 1 Singles, No. 1 Doubles and No. 2 Doubles and had a second-place finish at No. 2 Singles.
Ada’s Taylor Wood was crowned the No. 1 Singles champion after earning a hard-fought 6-1, 0-6, 6-3 decision over Weatherford’s Jonna Vanderslice-Malone in the finals.
At No. 1 Doubles, the Lady Cougars’ Natalie Keel and Karsen Sheffield rolled to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Byng’s Kaitlyn Atkeson and Lanie McGaha in the state title match.
Ada’s Meneé Thomsen and Mikala Whelchel picked up the No. 2 Doubles crown with a 6-3, 6-0 decision over Henryetta’s Kelsey Britt and Kailee Bain.
At No. 2 Singles, the Lady Cougars’ Haley Dean lost in the finals as Oklahoma Christian’s Saralyn Dyer was a 6-0, 6-4 winner.
“We had a team that was solid from top to bottom, and we could score in all four divisions,” Skip Griese said. “This was my third state title (as Ada head coach). We’ve been in the top three or four most years.”