McALESTER — McAlester tennis coach Chad Waller first saw senior Zach Dugan when Dugan was in the seventh grade. Dugan’s sister Lindsey had already played for Waller, and Waller could tell early only on that Zach would also end up on the Buffaloes’ varsity tennis team.
“She was a heck of a competitor out there, but she didn’t have the athletic ability that he has,” Waller said Thursday.
Zach Dugan grew up in a tennis family in McAlester. He said Wednesday both his parents grew up in McAlester, and his father also played tennis.
Dugan said tennis became a family activity, with countless nights spent volleying at the Chadick Park courts.
“I just liked it because I liked to beat up on my sister,” Dugan said. “And then I really started to enjoy it after I started to get better.”
After two years of junior high tennis, Dugan became one of the Buffs’ varsity two-doubles players as a freshman, qualifiying for the state tournament. He moved up to one-doubles as sophomore, qualifying for State twice more.
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