The Edmond Sun


June 28, 2012

Local players shine in tennis championship

KANSAS CITY — It was quite a weekend for Edmond tennis players David Hager, Lee-Shawn Stein and Ann Pepper, as all three advanced to the finals of the United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley’s Sweet 16 Championships at the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Pepper won the doubles Girls 18s title as she and her partner Emma Schelble defeated Kate Vialle and Natalie Looney 8-6 in the doubles final.

In the Boys 16s division, Hager and Stein cruised through the singles draw before meeting in the final, where Hager was victorious, winning with a score of 6-4, 6-2.

In the Boys 18s final, Leawood, Kansas native Trey Daniel defeated Anthony Delcore 7-6; 6-4, avenging last year’s loss to Delcore in the semifinals. Daniel took another championship in the doubles draw, teaming with Delcore to beat Alex Fennell and Jake Norman 8-4 in the doubles final.

In the Girls 18s championship, Kate Vialle, also a Leawood native, defeated Prairie Village, Kansas, star Olivia Sneed 6-0; 7-6. Vialle and her partner Natalie Looney would fall to Ann Pepper and Emma Schelble in a hotly contested doubles final 8-6.

Joseph McAllister was able to secure both the Boys 14s singles and doubles championships over the week, beating Daniel Langston 7-6; 6-2 in the final. McAllister and Langston then teamed up and defeated Alex Brown and Christopher Dean 8-3 in the doubles final.

It was the same story only with different names in the Girls 14s draw. Morgan Coppoc of Tulsa beat Victoria Flores 6-2, 6-4 in the singles championship. Earlier in the week, the two had teamed and cruised through the doubles draw, beating Aidan Epstein and Alexa Tiefel 8-2 in the final, and losing only three games total in their two matches before.

There was another two-time champion in the Boys 12s, as Bradley Frye of Overland Park defeated Pierce Rollins 6-3; 6-4 to win the singles title. Partnering with William Gleason, Frye also won the doubles draw, defeating Pierce and his brother Rhett Rollins 8-4 in the final.

In the Girls 12s, parity reigned supreme as third-seeded Samantha Mannix upset top-seeded Sarah Wilcox in the singles championship, winning 6-2; 6-2. In the doubles draw, unseeded Anna Alons and Brooklyn Hunter defeated second seeded-Riley Clarke and Taylor Leslie 8-4.

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