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It’s now official: following Friday’s Ada Tournament, people can add the Duncan Lady Demons to the list of teams heading to this year’s middle school state tennis tournament.
The team clinched a berth by tying with Edmond Sequoyah for first place at the competition, placing in the top four of every event and winning both brackets in doubles play.
Rachel Harman contended in the No.1 singles slot all day, using a first round bye and an 8-0, 8-1 victory against Leonor Salgado of Pauls Valley to finish in fourth place.
In No.2 singles play, Duncan found even more success, with Logan Churchman taking second place. Churchman opened with an 8-0 victory against Karina Rodriguez of McAlsester JV and continued to play well in her second match, beating out McAlester’s Cydney Linehan 8-1, 8-0.
Churchman worked her way into the final round with an 8-2, 8-3 win against Edmond Memorial’s Kinley Quillen and fell just short in the finals with a 8-1, 8-2 defeat to Katie Wegrzynski of Edmond Sequoyah.
Josephine Hriscu also competed in No.2 singles, winning three straight matches after dropping her first contest to finish in ninth place.
Hriscu’s first win came against Durant’s Maci McCoy, and she continued on with an 8-0 victroy against Morgan Hudson of Durant’s junior varsity team. The singles player finished the day on a high note, beating Kamee Thompson of Shawnee 8-0.
In doubles play, Duncan was not to be stopped.
No.1 doubles went to Jordan Clauson and Mackenzie Rains, who took advantage of a first round bye by pulling off three straight victories en route to the title.
The pair started with an 8-0, 8-0 sweep of Myers and Thompson from Heritage Hall, won their second round 8-1, 8-1 versus Acuna and Rose of Edmond Cimmaron and clinched the championship with an 8-2, 8-4 victory against Couch and Spaulding of Edmond Sequoyah.
Peyton Bower and Addie Watkins followed suit in No. 2 doubles, helping Duncan tie for first overall with a first place finish.
The duo started with an 8-0 victory against Ada’s junior varsity squad of Cloar and Mitchell and continued with an 8-0, 8-0 win against Durant’s Routledge and Leroy. After beating Dean and Johnson of Ada 8-1, 8-4, Bower and Watkins completed its undefeated tournament effort with a narrow 6-8, 8-2, (13-11) win against Edmond Sequoyah’s Mitchell and McKee.