From Press staff reports

If Tahlequah's girls tennis team enjoys success in the Class 5A regional tournament this season, this Saturday could be the reason.

The Lady Tigers, who haven't played since the Owasso quad before spring break, will host the Tahlequah Invitational with many of the competing teams being in 5A – and of those, they are schools THS is likely to see again in May.

“These are teams we rarely see,” Ashley said. “And that’s the primary reason I started this tournament.”

Tahlequah's varsity and junior varsity teams will host four 5A schools (Grove, Edison, Pryor and Collinsville) and two 4A teams (Chouteau and Wagoner) with the tournament beginning shortly after 8 a.m.

Ashley said a tournament like Saturday's is nice because Tahlequah gets to see other 5A foes amid a schedule, which is chalked full of Clas 6A competition.

“Since we are one of the few 5A schools that plays a 6A schedule, I have not seen these teams much in my four years,” Ashley said.

And in Ashley's opinion, Edison could pose the biggest threat in the field.

“If I had to guess, Tulsa Edison,” Ashley said answering the question on who would present the biggest challenge in Saturday’s tournament. “They were in our regional last year and they were solid. And they have their best player (Natalie Fore) returning.”

As for the boys' field in the tournament, Ashley was unsure of court space being available becuase of NSU's potential to play on the courts as well. He said he would know for sure on Friday afternoon.

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