It was a busy opening week for Claremore tennis.
The Zebras opened the season last Monday at Norman before hosting Bartlesville on Thursday and the CZ I Tournament on Saturday.
The nearly 2 ½ -hour drive to Norman didn’t faze Claremore one bit. Coach Michael Larimer’s squads cruised to victories of 5-0 (girls) and 4-1 (boys) on Monday.
On the girls’ side, Madison Rust topped Yuna Jang — 6-3, 6-0 — in No. 1 singles, Erin Kuykendall bested Taylor Mattingly — 7-6, 6-2 — in No. 2 singles and Bella Rhodes claimed No. 3 singles in a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Mia Warmuth.
The No. 1 doubles tandem of Sterling Sisovsky and Daley Reynolds made quick work of Norman’s Emma Hunter and Camryn Richards, taking a pair of 6-1 wins for the victory. Molly Andrews and Kinsey Singer followed suit in No. 2 doubles, peppering Harper Schindler and Aida Yuste Morcill with two 6-2 triumphs.
Tanner Steidley experienced similar success against Caleb Hopper in boys No. 1 singles with a couple of 6-3 victories.
The Tigers finally got on the board when Clark Melton took down Aimar Soto-Rviz — 7-5, 6-0 — in No. 2 singles, but Beau Parsons made sure Claremore took the event, defeating Simeon Bouchard in No. 3 singles — 6-3, 6-1.
Preston Peck and Jarred Warren continued the winning streak with a 6-3, 6-0 decision over Nick Fiebrich and Sam Mitchell in No. 1 doubles, and the No. 2 doubles team of Michael McHugh and Jacob Vincent took care of business as well with a 6-3, 6-1 win against Cuinn Hayes and Justin Yang.
The results weren’t as favorable for Thursday’s girls-only match against Bartlesville, though, with the Lady Bruins squeaking out a 5-3 victory.
Rust couldn’t keep up in a 6-0, 6-2 loss to Maddie Shelley in No. 1 singles, but Kuykendall avenged her with a No. 2 doubles victory of 7-6, 6-2 over Mary Cone.
Rhodes won No. 3 singles — 6-7, 6-2, 10-4 — over Maria Torralba, and Natyleigh Boatman had little difficulty dispatching of Zara Hull in No. 4 singles — 6-1, 6-1.
However, doubles action was a different story.
Sisovsky and Reynolds kept it close in No. 1 doubles against Jennifer Gruber and Annabelle Kelly but ultimately fell 6-4, 6-4.
No. 2 doubles was even closer, for Bartlesville’s Sam Simmons and Jordan Bilger needed three sets to escape Andrews and Singer — 6-7, 6-4, 10-4.
Allie Newton and Rylee Yewell fell 6-0, 6-2 to Erika Gruber and Stella Stroope while No. 4 singles crew Madison Cryder and Fernonda Hernandez took Ella Butler and Kyndall Martin to a third set before losing 7-6, 2-6, 8-10.
NOTE: Results from the CZ I Tournament will be added once they become available.