OKLAHOMA CITY – Runner-up finishes at No. 2 Singles, No. 1 Doubles and No. 2 Doubles and a consolation title (fifth place) at No. 1 Singles fueled the Ada High School boys’ tennis team to a share of the Class 4A State Tennis Championship Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
The Cougars tied Bishop McGuinness for the crown with 25 points. Holland Hall was just one point back in third place at 24.
It was the 12th state tennis championship for the Ada boys and the 21st state championship in tennis overall (boys and girls).
Finishing runner-up in the state at No. 2 Singles for Ada was freshman Christian Siegle. The freshmen combination of Reese Siegle and Landon Swopes were runners-up No. 1 Doubles, while juniors Ethan Clark and Lane Taylor combined for a second-place finish at No. 2 Doubles at state.
Junior Harrison Boggs, the Cougars’ No. 1 singles entrant, rallied to finish fifth. It was his match that secured Ada at least a share of the 2017 4A state title.
“We knew we had a talented team this year, but we also knew they were inexperienced. We had three freshmen and one junior playing in the finals (for the first time),” said Ada assistant coach Terry Swopes. “Every member of the team played an integral part in this championship. Everyone played incredible and handled the pressure. As coaches that was fun to watch. For me, this championship is extra special because I was able to share it with my son (Landon).”
Christian Siegle rolled to three straight wins at No. 2 Singles, before falling to Holland Hall’s Mikey Burke in the state championship match on Saturday. He opened play on Friday with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Crossing Christian’s Rhett Gibbs. Then later Friday, Siegle knocked off Byng’s Caden Manuel in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-1. On Saturday, Siegle downed Christian Heritage’s Eli Thomas in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-4 to land a spot in the title match.
At No. 1 Doubles, Reese Siegle and Swopes dropped a tough, three-set 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 decision to Bishop McGuinness’ Brock Buchanan and Bryce Buwick in the state title clash on Saturday.
Siegle and Swopes combined to register a 3-1 mark in the event. They opened play Friday with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of Nowata’s Brock and Jelasco, before earning a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Anadarko’s Perez and Reyes later in the day. Then on Saturday, Siegle and Swopes fought through a tough three-set 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Grove’s Morris and Wadley in the semifinals to earn a berth in the finals.
Clark and Taylor coasted to three straight wins before succumbing to Grove’s Allen and Wright in the state championship matchup on Saturday.
Clark and Taylor collaborated for a 6-2, 6-3 win over Clinton’s To and Roberts in their opening match on Friday. Then later Friday, Clark and Taylor were 6-1, 6-3 winners over Perry’s Hartwig and Hartwig. In Saturday’s semifinals, Clark and Taylor claimed a three-set 6-7, 6-1, 7-6 triumph over McGuinness’ Colton Gilpin and Braeden Buchanan to claim a spot in the title match. Entering the season, Clark hadn’t played tennis in two years.
At No. 1 Singles, Ada’s Harrison Boggs went 4-1 in the state tournament, bounced back from a quarterfinal loss and won three consecutive matches to pick up the consolation crown.
On Friday, Boggs opened play with a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Oologah’s Karson Davis. But later in the day, Boggs was on the short end of a 7-5, 6-1 decision to Oklahoma Christian Academy’s John McKnight.
However, on Saturday, Boggs had a perfect 3-0 day, earning a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Anadarko’s Anthony Miller; a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Byng’s C.J. Brooks and a 7-5, 6-4 win over Jack Sergent, of Classen SAS, for fifth place.
On paper and according to seedings, the Cougars rose to the occasion.
“On paper, we were supposed to finish behind McGuiness and slightly ahead of Holland Hall,” Terry Swopes said. “Many thought we would finish runner-up, but we had some rookies who stepped up and played really well.”
Bad news for Class 4A: Ada welcomes back its entire lineup next season.
“I would like to thank Terry Swopes for his friendship, knowledge and energy which proved to be big this last weekend,” said Ada head coach Skip Griese. “I thank the players for their effort, attitude and desire and their parents for their positive energy and the administration for allowing Terry and I to do what we need to do. I would also like to thank Carolyn Nimmo for working with the younger kids in Ada and helping them to keep their interest in tennis.”