State tournaments can be overwhelming for freshmen athletes but for Yukon’s Nate Moore, it had the opposite effect.
Moore competed in the No. 2 singles division for the Millers at the 6A Boys Tennis State Tournament Friday and Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center and took seventh place with a 3-2 record.
The Miller freshman was the only Yukon boy to finish the state tournament with a winning record.
Moore opened the tournament with a win against Moore’s Jonathan Pham in straight sets 6-2 and 6-1. In the second round, the freshman stumbled against Jenks’ Gabriel Wilbourn 0-6 and 0-6.
Moore then rebounded in the consolation bracket to beat Bixby’s Reed Stallsmith 7-5 and 7-5. In his fourth match, he went up against Deer Creek’s Cooper Thomas and fell 2-6 and 3-6 and in the seventh and eighth-place match, he defeated rival Hoai Pham of Mustang 6-3 and 6-2.
Yukon’s Lukas Elmborg also competed in the 6A state tournament in the No. 1 singles division. Elmborg finished with a 1-2 record.
The Miller senior lost to Norman’s Michael Grunsted 0-6 and 0-6 but rebounded in his second match against Norman North’s Will Miller with a 6-4 and 6-1 win.
Elmborg concluded his Yukon career in his third match when he fell to Owasso’s Jared Reisen in a three-set match 6-4, 5-7 and 2-6.
No. 1 doubles team Carson Eskew and Aydan Tahdoo competed in the 6A state tournament as well. The duo went 0-2 with losses to Jenks 3-6 and 1-6 and Deer Creek 2-6 and 2-6.
As a team, Yukon finished with a 4-6 mark at the 6A Boys Tennis State Championships.