|05/10/16 - |
BRIAN JOHNSON For The Ada News
The Ada Lady
Cougars, sparked by championships from three entrants, easily captured the
Class 4A girls state tennis championship Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis
It was the third
straight state championship for the Ada girls, who posted a team score of 32,
outdistancing second-place Perry (13) by a whopping 19-point margin. Henryetta
was third with 11 and Crossings Christian was fourth with a 10.
was the first time in my (coaching) career that we won a state championship
before hitting a ball on Saturday. We mathematically clinched (the state title)
the first day,” said veteran Ada head coach Skip Griese. “We went 8-0 Friday
and took care of business the first day.”
was the 19th state championship for the Ada tennis program and the fifth
straight year in which an Ada girls or boys team has captured a state title.
The Ada boys will be competing in regionals and possibly state this week.
just an unbelievable feeling. They’re all special. It’s just fun,” Griese
said.“We played really well. It’s very nice to win any of these.”
Lady Cougars’ Lena Lichau won the No. 2 Singles crown while the No. 1 Doubles
team of Karsen Sheffield and Mikala Whelchel and the No. 2 Doubles combination
of Lauren Burden and Morganne Freeman captured state titles.
Johnson, Ada’s No. 1 singles performer, finished fourth.
rolled to a perfect 4-0 record, including a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Crossing
Christian’s Grace Johnson in the finals on Saturday. Lichau opened the
tournament Friday with a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Bristow’s Jayden Hopkins,
before downing Beaver’s Courtney Duff in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-1,
later in the day. Lichau then beat Byng’s Ashlyn Wisbauer, 6-0, 6-2 in the
semifinals on Saturday.
1 Doubles, Sheffield and Whelchel also went 4-0 and earned the state
championship with a 6-1, 6-0 win Saturday over Anadarko’s Aled Unah and Tayra
Ward. Sheffield and Whelchel opened play Friday with a 6-0, 6-0 rout of
Woodward’s Hixon and Giacomo. Sheffield and Whelchel then knocked off
Seminole’s Reed and Shumaker in three sets, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals
Friday. Sheffield and Whelchel then upended Clinton’s Cabiness and To,
6-2, 6-1 earlier Saturday in a semifinal contest.
and Freeman capped off a perfect 4-0 run through No. 2 Doubles by defeating
Clinton’s Ana Escobedo and Savannah Skiles in the finals, 6-0, 6-4. Burden and
Freeman beat Elk City’s Cob and Jones in the first round on Friday, 6-0, 6-0.
Burden and Freeman then topped Evans and Yen of Mount St. Mary, 6-4, 6-4 later
Friday in the quarterfinals. Then earlier Saturday, Burden and Freeman whipped
Wagoner’s Davis and Randolph in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-4.
Johnson finished 2-2 at No.1 Singles. She opened play Friday with a 6-4, 7-5
decision over Rejoice Christian’s Serena Nicholls and then defeated Crossing
Christian’s Jaycie Strunk in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-4 later in the day.
semifinals earlier Saturday, Harding Charter Prep’s Jessica Le, the
tournament’s top seed (and eventual state champ), rallied past Johnson 4-6,
6-3, 6-4 in an epic marathon match that lasted well over two hours.
Prep’s Grace Willis downed Johnson 6-3, 6-3 in the third-place match. Sheffield
and Whelchel each won their third state championship. Whelchel has won two at
No. 2 Doubles and won one at No. 1 Doubles. This was Burden’s first state
title. Lichau, a German exchange student, won her first state title and was
Griese’s only player to ever win by a 6-0, 6-0 count in a championship match.
praised Johnson for stepping up and playing the No. 1 Singles spot for the Lady
stepped up to play No. 1 so the rest of the team could fall into their places
and have success,” Griese said.
Ada coach said it takes a lot of behind the scenes work to obtain a state
“I would like to thank Terry Swopes, our assistant coach,
for all the hard work he put in. I would like to also thank the administration
for allowing us to accomplish this. I would also like to thank the parents for
letting us work with their kids and to thank the players for their dedication,”
he said. “They’re not only state champions, but they’re a class act. These kids