The Edmond Sun
By Scott Wanish
The edmond sun
The bar is set high at Edmond North on the tennis courts as the three-time state defending champion Huskies remain loaded looking to recapture the crown.
The Lady Huskies, a one-time defending state champion, graduated five of seven starters as both squads will compete in the Edmond Invitational April 15 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at sites Edmond North, Edmond Santa Fe and KickingBird.
Senior Nate Roper, who is rated tops in the state as the Class 6A No. 1 singles player and defending state title winner, will lead the charge along with teammate David Hager (two-time defending state champ at No. 2 singles) who is beginning to roll after overcoming an injury.
Partnering up, two-time state champion Bryan Lilly is anchoring No. 1 doubles and fellow Husky Tanner Chambers is cruising at No. 2 doubles.
For the girls, Jaci Smith is a defending state champion at No. 2 singles and teammate Ann Pepper, a No. 1 double champion a year ago, is now competing at No. 1 singles and is on a four-tournament win streak. She is 23-4 with three of those losses coming to Owasso standout Lauren Pickens.
Filling in well for the Lady Huskies is freshman Rylee Tucker, who will play anywhere and solidly no matter what spot head coach Dee Ann Wallar will put her.
“We have a lot of young players fighting for spots,” Wallar said. “I’ve seen improvement from the beginning and hopefully we can continue to improve into the postseason.
“Rylee Tucker has really stepped in and did an outstanding job for us. I’m really happy about the job she is doing.”
After the Edmond Invitational Monday, both Edmond North and Edmond Santa Fe will compete in the Metro Athletic Conference Tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center Thursday starting at 8:30 a.m.