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Shuffled lineup doesn’t stop Lady Titans at conference tourney

Carl Albert’s girls tennis team won the Suburban Conference Tournament April 3 in Shawnee. PHOTO PROVIDED

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

The lineup was different, but the results were the same.

Carl Albert’s girls swept the Suburban Conference Tournament on April 3 in Shawnee. The Lady Titans shuffled their lineup but still won three of the four positions.

“It was our same starting six but I like to move our doubles players in singles, so they get serve more and get a little different look,” said coach Luke Mosher. “It’s good to change it up once in a while, but I told them we’ll go out and have fun. And they all played really well even at those other positions.”

Freshman Lily Bryant, who usually plays doubles, claimed the No. 2 singles title. Seniors Emily Boyer and Brylee Toney took first at No. 1 doubles and sophomore Georgia Mosher and freshman Bailey Rusche won at No. 2 doubles.

Junior Rylee Reese finished runner-up at No. 1 singles. She lost to Guthrie’s Emma Poupard in a third-set tiebreaker in the finals.

Del City’s Jasmyn Thorne and Annette Cox competed at No. 1 doubles and Lenise Robinson played at No. 2 singles.

Carl Albert won the title with 30 points. Guthrie and Shawnee tied for second with 20 each.

The Lady Titans went 2-2 last Thursday in a dual against Heritage Hall. Toney and Bryant won at No. 2 doubles (6-1, 6-0), and Rusche beat Ava Nelson (6-0, 6-4). The duo has only lost one match this year.

“Any time you can go to a place like Heritage Hall and win a couple it’s big for your team because they’re an outstanding program every year,” Mosher said.

Boyer and Reese lost their first match of the season at No. 1 doubles, falling to Ainsley Trice and Tokara Henderson (7-5, 6-2). Georgia Mosher lost to Jasmine Crain (6-0, 6-0).

Mosher has been pleased with his team’s performance this season.

“They’re all playing solid and getting along, so I think this is the lineup we’ll see going forward,” he said.

Zoey Shaw has also seen time at No. 2 singles this season.

The Lady Titans played in the Guthrie Tournament on Monday and will travel to Durant on April 18.

“Those two tournaments will tell us a lot,” Mosher said. “A lot of the 5A schools that we’ll see in the playoffs will be at those two tournaments.”

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