OKLAHOMA CITY — Three titles and one runner-up finish propelled the Ada Cougars to yet another Class 4A state tennis championship Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
Ada posted a team score of 34. Grove was second at 22, and Crossings Christian ended up third with an 18. Holland Hall and Oologah-Talala tied for fourth at 13.
It is the 13th state crown for the Cougars and the 22nd overall, figuring in nine for the Lady Cougars. It also marked a 3-peat for the Ada boys, who have won the past three Class 4A state titles and five of the past seven.
Ada achieved perfection with four-match sweeps at No. 2 Singles (Christian Siegle), No. 1 Doubles (Reese Siegle and Landon Swopes) and No. 2 Doubles (Ryan McCortney and Lane Taylor) while securing second place at No. 1 Singles (Harrison Boggs) with a 3-1 record.
In addition to the sweeps at No. 2 Singles, No. 1 Doubles and No. 2 Doubles, the Cougars won all those matches in straight sets. The only sets lost for Ada in the entire tournament were the two in the No. 1 Singles finals.
“We didn’t have a three-set match the whole tournament, and a key was going 8-0 on the first day,” said Ada head coach Skip Griese. “You don’t necessarily win it on the first day, but you can lose it. It helps to go 8-0.”
Christian Siegle, just a sophomore and the No. 1 seed, downed Byng’s CJ Brooks, the No. 2 seed, in the finals on Saturday by a 6-0, 6-1 count.
Opening play on Friday, Christian Siegle registered a convincing 6-1, 6-0 decision over Harrah’s Sam Antipov. Later Friday, Christian Siegle blitzed Elk City’s Will Thompson, 6-0, 6-1 to reach the semifinals. Christian Siegle then dominated Ardmore’s Nicholas Williams by a 6-1, 6-0 score on Saturday to reach the championship match.
At No. 1 Doubles, the top-seed Cougar sophomore combination of Reese Siegle and Landon Swopes cruised by Grove’s Mason Allen and Kenny Wright in the finals Saturday by a 6-1, 6-4 score.
On Friday, Reese Siegle and Swopes opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of Metro Christian’s Ben Burchard and Cole Crockett. Later Friday, Reese Siegel and Swopes hammered Holland Hall’s Ruston Farrington and Kyle Hook by a 6-1, 6-4 decision in the quarterfinals. On Saturday, Reese Siegle and Swopes downed Henryetta’s Jordan Knox and Colton Wion, 6-1, 7-5 in the semifinals.
McCortney, a sophomore, and Taylor, a senior, rolled to the No. 2 Doubles championship on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-2 finals victory over Grove’s Jeff Crawford and Silas Rosiere, the No. 2 seed.
The McCortney-Taylor tandem, the top seed, began play on Friday with a 6-0, 6-0 thumping of Harding Charter Prep’s Greg Thompson and Athman Rajaratnam. Later Friday, McCortney and Taylor trounced Wagoner’s Holden Dearman and Braden Drake, 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. McCortney and Taylor launched Saturday’s play with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Holland Hall’s Robert Ragland and Matthew Stolper in the semifinals.
Boggs, a senior at No. 1 Singles and the No. 3 seed, dropped the No. 1 Singles title match to Crossings Christian’s Daniel Haley by a 6-1, 6-2 score. Haley, a freshman, was the No. 1 seed and finished his first varsity season of tennis undefeated.
However, Boggs reached the finals by winning his first three matches. On Friday, he opened play with a 6-1, 6-0 crushing of Beaver’s David Contreas. Boggs then upended Ardmore’s Isaiah Williams in the quarterfinals later Friday by a 6-1, 6-3 decision. In the semifinals on Saturday, Boggs knocked off the No. 2 seed, Braden Wadley of Grove, in the semifinals by a 6-1, 6-0 count.
Griese praised the leadership of his two seniors, Boggs and Taylor.
“Harrison started out (his career) playing 2 Singles for us and got a championship as a sophomore. Last year, he secured No. 1 Singles, took a loss in the quarterfinals, but came back to get fifth place, which helped us to a (2017) state championship,” Griese said. “He got injured in January (an ankle) but had a very successful year.”
The veteran Ada coach said Taylor has been an outstanding doubles player for the Cougars.
“Lane, for three years, played No. 2 Doubles with three different partners and had two championships. He was a solid player at 2 Doubles and, I think, being left-handed helped him. We are going to miss their leadership,” Griese said.
Griese also thanked his assistant coach Terry Swopes, along with the administration, parents and players for their support.
“Terry Swopes is a great asset to the Ada school system and Ada tennis. I would like to thank the administration for allowing us to play the type of schedule we did to get us ready for the state tournament,” he said. “I would also like to thank Carolyn Nimmo for her continued involvement with the young people in Ada tennis.”
“I would like to thank the parents for their support of the kids,” Griese continued. “As for the team, I was pleased with their dedication, hard work, effort, enthusiasm and comraderie along with the cooperation with Terry and myself and with each other. “
Note: Ada News sports editor Jeff Cali contributed to this report.