OKLAHOMA CITY — Ardmore's Mitchell McCormick placed third overall at the Class 5A boys tennis regional at Heritage Hall High School on Monday, rallying from a first-round defeat to win three matches in a row and qualify for the state tournament.
McCormick fell to Piedmont in straight sets before ripping off wins against Southeast (6-0, 6-0) and Deer Creek (6-2, 3-6, 6-2) before getting revenge against Piedmont (7-5, 6-3) in the third-place match.
"He fought hard all day long," Ardmore coach Becky Dickinson said. "He got better as the day got going. It was great determination and concentration on his part."
No. 1 singles player Jamal Mosley also qualified for the state tournament. Mosley was fourth overall, scoring wins over Piedmont and Capitol Hill in a 2-2 day.
The top four places in each division qualfied for state.
"(Mosley) played extremely strong," Dickinson said. "The teams he lost to had top-ranked players. He did what we wanted him to do: get in there and qualify for state."
The No. 1 doubles team of Ramen Saha and Jordan Hunter placed fifth, falling to Deer Creek it its opening match after a bye, then runing off two wins against Carl Albert and Northwest Classen.
The No. 2 doubles team of Christian Allen and Ben Gonzalez placed fifth overall, beating El Reno 6-3, 6-2, losing to Carl Albert 6-4, 6-4, beating Deer Creek, then topping El Reno again in the fifth-place match.
"We were just break points away," Dickinson said of her doubles teams missing out on qualification for state. "Fifth place is an outstanding performance in such a strong field."
The 5A state tournament is Friday and Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.