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Ada tennis teams get off to strong starts

Mar. 5—The Ada High School tennis teams have already set the bar high to open the 2024 spring season.

The Ada girls captured the championship at the Carl Albert Tournament Friday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center and the Ada boys followed with a runner-up finish Saturday in OKC.

While head coach Terry Swopes was pleased with the great start by his squads, he emphasized there is still room for improvement.

"While we still have things we need to work on, both the boys and the girls teams had outstanding tournaments this weekend," Swopes told The Ada News.

The Ada girls were at Ardmore on Monday and the Cougars are headed to Ardmore today.

GIRLS

Ada piled up 59 team points to win the championship while Norman North was runner-up at 50. Host Carl Albert was third at 46 followed by Yukon at 44 and Deer Creek at 40.

Sophomore newcomer Sadie Epps, fresh out of basketball, finished second in a tough No. 1 Singles draw in her first action on these kinds of courts for the Lady Cougars. She dropped a 6-4, 6-0 decision to Lydia Blackwell of Yukon in the championship match.

"Sadie Epps played incredible, especially considering she had one practice and played in the 1 Singles division," Swopes said.

Sophomore Kylie Witt won the No. 2 Singles crown after Lindee Rex of Norman North had to withdraw due to injury while trailing 2-0.

The Ada No. 2 Doubles team of Jessi Bolin and Jerzie O'Neal captured first place with a decisive 6-0, 6-1 win over Evyn Bull and Kelbi Greer of Altus in the finals.

The Ada pair of Zoey Brown and Lilly Cadenhead knocked off Jillian Minter and Riley Tobin of Guthrie to capture third place in No. 1 Doubles.

BOYS

Private school powerhouse Crossing Christian won the championship with 62 points while the Cougars were a solid second with 53. Host Carl Albert and Yukon tied for third with 48 points and Deer Creek slid into the fifth spot at 43.

Ada's No. 2 Doubles team captured first with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Lauw and Jackson Strunk of Crossings Christian.

Ada's Tate Danielson and Jackson Swopes dropped a tough 7-5, 6-3 decision to Zander Nelson and Summer Shaphard of Crossings Christian in the No. 1 Doubles title match.

In No. 1 Singles, Ben VanLandingham of Crossings Christian defeated Halston Redwine of Ada 6-2, 6-1 in the finals.

And freshman Gus Byrd of Ada downed Jaxson Mayer of Guthrie 6-2, 6-2 for seventh place in No. 2 Singles.

"On the boy's side, we did not have our full team. However, Gus Byrd stepped in and did a great job for us. He went 2-2 on the day and placed seventh in a loaded Class 6A and Class 5A tournament," Swopes said.

The Results

March 1

GIRLS

Carl Albert Tournament

Team Standings

1. ADA 59

2. Norman North 50

3. Carl Albert 46

4. Yukon 44

5. Deer Creek 40

6. Duncan 38

7. Guthrie 37

8. Altus 36

9. Crossings Christian 35

10. Norman 33

11. Putnam City North 21

12. Durant 18

13. Ardmore 14

14. Midwest City 10

15. Mustang 7

16. Shawnee 3

Ada Individual Results

SINGLES

1. Lydia Blackwell (Yukon) def. Sadie Epps (Ada) 6-4,6-0 (1st Place)

2. Kylee Witt (Ada) def. Lindee Rex (Norman North) 2-0, injury default (1st Place)

DOUBLES

1. Zoey Brown/Lilly Cadenhead (Ada) def. Minter/Tobin (Guthrie) 6-1,6-2 (3rd Place)

2. Jessi Bolin/Jerzie O'Neal (Ada) def. D. Bull/Kelbi Greer (Altus) 6-0,6-1 (1st Place)

March 2

BOYS

Carl Albert Tournament

Team Standings

1. Crossings Christian 62

2. ADA 53

3. Carl Albert 48

tie Yukon 38

5. Deer Creek 43

6. Duncan 39

7. Norman North 35

8. Norman 32

9. Guthrie 28

10. Altus 22

11. Shawnee 19

12. Ardmore 16

13. PC North 13

14. Durant 12

15. Mustang 11

16. Shawnee 3

Ada Individual Results

SINGLES

1. Ben VanLandingham (Crossings Christian) def. Halston Redwine (Ada) 6-2,6-1 (1st Place)

2. Gus Byrd (Ada) def. Jaxson Mayer (Guthrie) 6-2,6-2 (7th Place)

DOUBLES

1. Zander Nelson/Summer Shaphard (Crossings Christian) def. Tate Danielson/Jackson Swopes (Ada) 7-5,6-3 (1st Place)

2. Brady Bacon/Drew Lillard (Ada) def. J. Lauw/Strunk (Crossings Christian) 6-1,6-2 (1st Place)