OKLAHOMA CITY — McAlester opened play at the state tournament Friday morning.
The one-doubles pair of brothers Caleb and Kyle Williams fell to Duncan’s Taylor Rains and Braeden Lewis, 6-0 and 6-2, Friday morning at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. The two-doubles combination of Alhtoba Haynes and Maverick Spillman lost to the Bishop McGuinness duo of Ryan Schwartz and Tristan Nguyen, 6-0 and, 6-0.
“We got beat pretty bad, but the score doesn’t reflect how close the match was,” McAlester coach Chad Waller said about the two-doubles match. “We had our chances in a lot of games. We were just clamming up a little bit on the game points, and not putting enough pressure on the other team.”
It’s been tough for doubles combinations to practice in between the time they qualified for state on Monday at the Cascia Hall regional due to weather. Waller said the doubles pairs worked on the I-Formation in its first practice after regionals. He felt his players missed a lot of returns and weren’t executing their first serves.
Haynes and Spillman both agreed they would have to work on their forehands in the consolation round. Haynes added they’d have to improve on their backhands and moving their feet.
“Our volleys were good,” Haynes said. “Our serves were going in quite often. I think our ground strokes need improvement, but they’re pretty good. If they go in, we can keep the ball in play for a while.”
Kyle Williams said his brother and he need to bring it in the first consolation set, something they did not do in their match against Rains and Lewis.
“We showed up a little bit late,” Kyle Williams said.
Still, the Williams brothers said it meant a lot to go to state together. This marked the first year Kyle Williams has made it to state, and the third year Caleb Williams has made it.
“We’re really here to have fun,” Caleb Williams said. “Winning is part of it, but it’s just fun. This is a fun place to be.”
The Williams brothers were scheduled to meet the loser of Bishop McGuinness versus Riverfield at 3:45 p.m. in consolation. Haynes and Spillman were scheduled to play either Cascia Hall or Christian Heritage at 4 p.m.