By Chuck Reherman
When Wes Ankrom toyed with his line-up in April, he was looking for a best option to qualify for the state tournament.
It paid off for Yukon as the Millerettes will send both doubles teams to the class 6A State Tennis Championships starting Friday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
Both the doubles teams finished fourth on Monday in the Region II tournament at the YHS tennis courts and the team finished fifth overall with 17 points, edging Mustang out for a top five spot by one point. Edmond Memorial and Edmond Deer Creek tied for the regional title with 32.
The Millerettes had their two singles events finished fifth and sixth, just missing a spot in state.
“I was really proud of all the girls today,” Ankrom said. “I thought we had a lot of fight all day.
“Even when we lost matches, we all came back and won” he said. “I was really proud of our one and two doubles for qualifying for state.”
Ankrom felt all four of the Millerette events had a chance to qualify for state, but the one and two singles lost their first round match and had a tough hill to climb.
The No. 1 doubles team of Ella Stanley and Cadence Barnes came in as the fourth seed and after losing to the top seed, had to play Norman North for a shot to reach the state tournament.
Trailing 3-2 in the first set, the Millerette pair turn the tables and did not lose another game. The pair won four straight games to win the first set then shut down Norman North in the second set 6-0 to earn their spot in state.
Stanley and Barnes played Choctaw in the third place match, but lost 6-2, 6-2 to finish fourth.
The Yukon pair opened with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Lawton, but lost to Memorial 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals.
The No. 2 doubles team of Ryenn Fuentes and Peyton Winfrey earned their spot into state also beating a Norman North team. The pair earned the state spot with a 6-4, 6-1 win.
The duo played Choctaw for third place, but lost 6-4, 6-3 to finish fourth.
Fuentes and Winfrey had lost to Choctaw 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round. The team came back to beat Northwest Classen 6-0, 6-0 and advance to the play-in game for a state berth.
Reagan Eskew at No 1 singles, finished sixth, losing to Shelby Massengale of Choctaw 6-3, 6-1.
Eskew opened with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Olivisa Orgill of Memorial, then beat Ivette Sarabla of Lawton 6-1, 6-2.. She then lost to Christina Do of Mustang 6-1, 6-2.
Aubrianna Corley took fifth at No. 2 singles, beating Elizabeth Smith of Lawton 6-2, 6-1 in the fifth place match.
Corley lost to Abigail Boedecker of Mustang 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round, then beat Haylee Thompson of Choctaw 6-1, 6-0. She lost to Peyton Benson of Norman North 6-1, 6-0 to reach the fifth place match.
In a regular season enning tournament, the Millerettes finished seventh at Heritage Hall on Saturday.
The Millerettes had one sixth place and three seventh place finishes.
Stanley and Barnes finished seventh at No. 1 doubles, losing to Heritage Hall in the fifth place match. The team went 1-2 on the day.
Corley placed seventh at No. 2 singles, beating Ellie Grace Bond of Crossings 6-0 and injury default.
Eskew finished seventh at No. 1 singles, beating Abby Machetta of Ada by injury default.
Fuentes and Winfrey placed sixth at No. 2 doubles, losing to Heritage Hall 6-3, 6-2 in the fifth place match to finish 1-2 on the day.