The Norman Transcript


April 8, 2014

Tigers double down in singles

TECUMSEH —  Norman High tennis coach Kelly Stout admits the players he’s rolling out for Nos. 1 and 2 singles haven’t quite yet proven themselves against the state’s very best competition. On the other hand, they can only play who’s in front of them and Monday at Tecumseh who was in front of them lost.

Max Gillett, playing in the Tigers’ No. 2 slot, and coming off a title run at the Mid-State Conference tournament, had to survive a first-set tiebreaker against Mustang’s Colby Le.

However, after triumphing over that challenge, he rattled off the next five sets while dropping only four games, and all of them in the same set, the first, to Byng’s Paul Snyder, in the championship match.

Russell Gehring, playing No. 1, lost five games in three sets on the way to the tourney crown. Gehring only dropped one game in his first four sets before getting past Byng’s Montana Sellers 6-3, 6-1 in the championship match. 

Byng, a Class 4A power, won the tournament with 32 points. Norman High, which also got points from its fourth-place -inishing No. 2 doubles team of Corey Hockenbury and Sam Mertens, was next with 25 points. Christian Heritage rounded out the top three with 20 points, followed by Mustang with 17 points.

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