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Weather cuts short busy week for Titans tennis

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Mother Nature put a damper on plans for the Carl Albert boys tennis team last week.

The Titans had one tournament cut short and another postponed due to rain.

The boys played in the Duncan West Tournament last Thursday, but the finals rounds were canceled due to rain. On Friday, they were slated to compete in the Tournament of Champions, but it was postponed due to rain. It will be made up on Thursday at Heritage Hall.

Several JV players, including five freshmen, saw action at the Duncan Tournament, with the varsity team anticipating action in the Tournament of Champions. When play was stopped on Thursday, Carl Albert was competing for ninth place at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles.

At No. 1 singles, junior Owen Ramirez dropped his first match, but earned back-to-back victories over Putnam City’s Ace Powell and Midwest City’s Andrew Knightsley. Ramirez was slated to face Seminole’s Greyson Snider in the ninth-place match.

The Titans’ No. 2 doubles team of Kyle Sparks and Byrch Baker also bounced back from an opening round loss to beat Putnam City North and Putnam City. They were set to play OCS for ninth place.

Connor Gialliam was the only Carl Albert player to finish the tournament, as he took 11th at No. 2 singles. He beat Midwest City’s Jesus Cordova in the final match, 6-4, 6-2.

At No. 1 doubles, Jake Farley and Brandon Rogers were ready to take on Duncan’s 2 team for 11th place. Farley and Rogers beat OCS in their second match, but lost to Altus in the third match.

Midwest City was competing for 11th at No. 2 doubles and No. 1 singles with Knightsley.

The Titans competed in the Putnam City North Tournament Monday and will travel to Heritage Hall on Thursday for the Tournament of Champions. The Suburban Conference Tournament will be Monday in Shawnee.

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