NORMAN — Jarrett Ferguson learned early in the season that anyone could beat anyone else. It’s a lesson the Norman High senior took to heart after being upset several times, and one he didn’t forget headed into Friday’s No. 1 singles final match at the Norman Invitational Tournament.
“Anyone can beat you if you’re not ready,” he said. “You can’t beat them in your head before you beat them on the court.”
Ferguson had no trouble with either on Friday, defeating Byng’s Neil Jorgenson 6-3, 6-2 to win the tournament. It improved his season record to 14-5 and gave him his first tournament victory of the season.
“I had my gameplan going in and I stuck to it,” he said. “I didn’t let him dictate the points. I knew if he got me running he could finish it. But I also knew that after five or six good shots if you could return it he would eventually blow one.”
Heading into the Mid-State meet, with regionals and state just a few weeks away, Ferguson said the victory is a good launching point.
“This gives me a lot of confidence and makes me excited for state,” said Ferguson, whose finish helped the NHS boys to place second. “The big stage has kind of messed with me in the past, but this year I want to win my regional and place at state.”
Ferguson wasn’t the only Norman athlete to do perform well. The Norman North boys put three in the top four on the way to a fourth-place finish, while on the girls’ side NHS’ Gabby Schreiner and Maggie Marcum both placed second in Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively. Lewis also said she was impressed by her doubles’ teams, who are new to the game and face an uphill battle in every tournament as they learn the ropes.
“I was happy as a coach and proud of them all today,” coach Beth Lewis said. “They brought their best game today and played well.”
North girls’ coach Jamie Wilson, whose young squad finished sixth, said Friday was another step in the right direction for the T-Wolves. The No. 1 doubles team of Caitlin Fields and Carol Fodra earned their first medal of the season, finishing in third place after taking a tiebreaker over their counterparts from Muskogee to decide the match.
“It’s exciting for our team to have somebody get a medal,” he said. “We’re not a strong team this year, but they’re very young and they really try hard. What this shows me is from the first of the season until now we’ve gotten a little better every time we’ve played. We’re getting a little stronger and little more confident every time we play.”
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