The Edmond Sun


May 12, 2014

Edmond North grabs another tennis crown

OKLA. CITY — In the past six years, either the Edmond North girls or Jenks tennis teams have won the state championship at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

Saturday, it was both.

No. 2 singles player Jaci Smith of North, also a standout runner in track and cross country, won her second state championship as a tennis player and teammates Katie Liszewski and Haley Morgan took home the gold in No. 2 doubles to help propel the Lady Huskies to a co-state championship with Jenks.

“We coaches all believed all year long that we would have a chance at the end of the year if we could put them in the right positions,” said Lady Huskies coach Dee Ann Wallar.

Both North and Jenks hooked up for 23 team points with Tulsa Kelley third (21) and Edmond Memorial eighth (8). Memorial’s No. 2 doubles team of Regan Gillespie and Savvy Smith placed fourth while teamate Maddi Little in No. 2 singles took sixth to account for the Lady Bulldogs’ points.

The Lady Huskies have won state championships under Wallar in 2009, ‘10 (tied with Jenks again), ‘12 and ‘14.

Jaci Smith (21-3) won the state crown at No. 2 doubles her freshman season, then sat out her sophomore year to run track before walking back on the court for a formidable 6-0, 6-0 drumming of Tulsa Kelley’s Cardine Reynolds in her junior campaign Saturday.

 “She only lost one game in the state tournament, “Wallar noted. “She had an outstanding state tournament.”

Morgan and Liszewski had limited playing time together throughout the season and was only 6-0 heading into state.

But the duo jelled and won all four state tournament matches for the state crown, culminating with a strong 6-3, 6-0 walloping of Tulsa Union’s Asha Chandrasekar and Beth Cunningham.

“They worked well together,” Wallar said. “That’s what we felt would be the best pairing for our No. 2 doubles position.”

North No. 1 singles player Annie Hays, who bowed out of state early against grueling competition, already signed a letter of intent with the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

“Annie was a real contributor to the team so we could play the other girls,” Wallar said. “Everybody had a role to play and they all played a great role.

“She stepped up and wanted to play No. 1. She did an outstanding job all year for us.”

Hays finished the season at 25-10.

“I’m proud of their performance,” Wallar concluded. “I think they deserve it as they worked hard all year long.”

Rylee Tucker and Libby Hillis took fourth at No. 1 doubles for Edmond North.

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