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Carl Albert takes third in home opening tournament

Carl Albert’s Lily Bryant (Left) and Rylee Reese (Right) celebrate during a match against Guthrie Friday afternoon at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. Photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

OKLAHOMA CITY – Carl Albert’s tennis teams opened the season last week by placing third at their home tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

The Lady Titans No. 1 doubles team of Lily Bryant and Rylee Reese were the top placers as they finished second overall. The pair beat Altus, Deer Creek and Guthrie before falling to Norman North in the finals.

Bailey Rusche was third at No. 2 singles and Georgia Mosher took fourth at No. 1 singles.

Yanira Acuna and Shyanne Madison finished 11th at No. 2 doubles.

Ada won the girls tournament with 59 points followed by Norman North (49) and Carl Albert (44).

Coach Luke Mosher is optimistic about the Lady Titans’ prospects this season. Reese, Bryant, Mosher and Rusche are all returning state qualifiers from last year.

Reese and Bryant both finished fourth at state while playing with different doubles partners. The pair figured to be a good combination.

“They both move well, and they communicate really well,” Mosher said. “They are both tall and cover a lot of the court and are aggressive. They’re going to be right there in every tournament we go to.”

Rusche finished fourth at state as a freshman, and Mosher was eighth last year.

“Bailey has a chance to be really good at 2 singles,” Mosher said. “And Georgia, my daughter, has only been back a week since swim so she has to get in tennis shape.”

Mosher said he’ll still shuffle his lineup throughout the year to find the best fit heading into the postseason.

On the boys side, the Titans earned third in both doubles competitions.

Tyler Shaw and Jake Farley took third at No. 1 doubles. They went 3-1 with wins over Duncan, Ardmore and Norman North. Their lone loss was to eventual champion Crossings Christian.

Luke Fouquette and Ben Sutterfield were third at No. 2 doubles. The pair was also 3-1 with a loss to Crossings Christian. They beat Yukon in their final match in three sets.

Carter Reese (No. 1 singles) and Jackson Bales (No. 2 singles) were both fourth.

The Titans have four returning state qualifiers. Reese took fourth at No. 2 doubles with TJ Niles. Shaw was fifth at No. 2 singles, and Fouquette and Sutterfield placed eighth at No. 1 doubles.

Carl Albert’s Jake Farley returns a serve against Crossings Christian Saturday afternoon at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. Photo by Jeff Harrison

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