Being in the state tournament is an expected status for the Duncan Lady Demon tennis team. Still, when it’s achieved ,it’s an honor and an accomplishment that has been realized.

The Lady Demons punched their ticket to state with a co-regional championship at the DHS tennis court Monday afternoon. Duncan tied Ardmore 32-32 in total team points. The Lady Demons saw themselves in the finals in every bracket, winning two out of four regional championships.

“We’ve never not gone to state,” Duncan doubles player Allison Headrick said. “So it’s not a big deal that we’re going, but how we’re preparing and how we’re going to do.”

In No. 1 singles play, Kristen Carr advanced to the finals with ease in her first two matches of the day. Carr defeated Chung Ngyon 6-0, 6-1, before dismissing Maureen Lewis of El Reno 6-1, 6-0 to make her way to the regional championship match.

The finals brought forth Amber Thompson of Ardmore in the No. 1 singles. Thompson defeated Carr 6-2, 6-3 to get points for Ardmore, while giving Carr the second place finish.

Duncan’s No. 2 singles player Samantha Street won two matches for her first-place finish. Street drew a bye in the first round, followed by a virtual bye in the second match. Street won in straight sets in her first match, winning 6-0, 6-0 against Kayle Gilpatrick of Altus. Street continued her roll to the top of the field by taking out Caitlin Barringer 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 2 singles finals.

“Our singles players did a good job,” Duncan head coach Phil Barnes said. “They did what they needed to do to put us in a position to win.”

With the singles putting up a strong showing, it came down to the doubles teams to determine the championship. The No. 1 doubles team of Linlee Lovett and Allison Headrick won the finals, while Becca Holloway and Robyn Schoen came in second in No. 2 doubles. With the split in doubles against Ardmore, the Lady Demons had the necessary points to earn the co-championship.

The big win came in No. 1 doubles, as Lovett and Headrick fought through three opponents to win the regional title.

The duo dismantled Walker and Price of Western Heights 6-0, 6-1 in its first match to get in a position to face Altus. The Lady Demons would have a tougher match against the Lady Bulldogs, going three sets in a tight match. Lovett and Headrick pulled out the win to get to the finals, defeating McMahan and Pearson 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

“I think we played really well,” Headrick said. “We were kind of struggling against Altus, but we came back to win. Then we continued to play well with the big win against Ardmore.”

In the match against Ardmore, the Lady Demons used strong first serves and solid returns to fight off any momentum from the Lady Tiger team. Lovett and Headrick won the title with the two-set win 6-3, 6-4.

“In No. 1 doubles, we really needed the big win,” Barnes said. “We’ve had some close matches, but lost to good teams. This was a good match because it showed them we can win those good matches.”

The No. 2 doubles pair Robyn Schoen and Becca Holloway reached the finals with a tough-fought win over Ardmore’s Jeschke and Lewis. The match was back and forth, but the Lady Demons pulled it out 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. The finals were just as close, but the bounces didn’t go the way of Schoen and Holloway. The team lost 6-4, 6-4 to Ardmore.

“It’s kind of been a struggle this year,” Lovett said. “But we hung together today and pulled through.”

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