Girls’ tennis closes out season

Hard work does pay off in the long run.

Almost everyone has heard this cliché, but the tennis girls have proved it by winning Regionals and earning State Runner-Up.

Their major opponent at Regionals was Guthrie, as Guthrie placed second in everything and Duncan in first. Junior Alex Bowers played for singles 1 and junior Marisa Moore played for singles 2. For doubles 1, the slot was filled by senior Sydney Henricks and junior Carly Kirkland. Doubles 2 slot was filled by sophomore Jordan Clauson and senior Aubrey Mouser.

These same girls competed at state last weekend, where some of the matches lasted three hours. Their major opponent was Cascia Hall in Tulsa, who has been in first all year.

“They were great players, all very competitive,” Henricks said.

Kirkland expanded upon the topic of being State Runner-Up.

“Cascia Hall has always had great competitors and will always have great competitors,” Kirkland said. “I think we all did our best, and I think we gave it all we had.”

In addition to State Runner-Up, the team is also an academic state champion for the ninth year in a row.

“I was really proud of how we all played,” Moore said. “I was thankful that we made it as far as we did.”

Other teammates are looking forward to the following year.

“I’m really proud of my teammates,” Mouser said. “I know God has great plans for them, and I can’t wait to see that while supporting them.”

Coach Phil Barnes felt good about the year for girls tennis, and is also proud of the team.

“I think we had a great year; I’m very proud of our girls,” Barnes said. “Our kids fought so hard. Everyone had trouble at some point in the matches, but we’d always find a way to win.”