NORMAN — And Crosstown Clash tennis dominance goes too … Norman North, sort of.
It’s not like the lineup Norman High’s girls and boys and North’s girls and boys will take into Class 6A regional play has been set in stone. Nor, ultimately, will it matter who won, for points earned at the state tournament are what matters most in prep tennis.
On the other hand …
“This is North vs. High,” North girls coach Jamie Wilson said after Wednesday’s dual. “We want to win every time we play them in anything … It’s always a battle, but we always want to win.”
So Wilson’s team did, 3-1, thanks to the close-out victory of his No. 2 doubles tandem of Annabeth Gannon and Presley Rhea, who toppled NHS’ duo of Grace Anthony and Bre Cline at Westwood Tennis Center.
As for the boys, there was no winner. That one finished 2-2. Like the girls, it came down to No. 2 doubles and NHS needing a victory to claim a split. Instead, after losing the first set, the North team of Ryan Chapman and Chris Papac came back to claim the match 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Among the boys, NHS won both singles matches and North won both doubles matches. And the Tigers did it by splitting up Russell Gehring and Max Gillett, who’d recently become the Tigers’ No. 1 doubles team, a state of affairs that may be revisited once the postseason rolls around.
“It would be really cool if we could play doubles,” Gehring said, standing next to Gillett. “I just don’t know if Max could take it seriously enough.”
Apparently, Gillett is skilled at keeping it light on the tennis court.
Headed to William and Mary to play football, Gillett has been making the most of his return to the tennis court this spring. Wednesday, he topped North’s Sina Farzaneh 6-0, 6-0.