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July 31, 2013

Cassidy, Toone make most of All-State match

DUNCAN — Duncan tennis players Brittany Toone and Samantha Cassidy spent the last matches of their high school careers against the best Oklahoma had to offer Tuesday, competing in the All-State Tournament at the Tulsa Union Tennis Center.

The Duncan duo represented the West team, which fell 8-4 to the East. Cassidy and Toone did all they could to help the team win, earning half of the team’s points.

“It’s always a nice way for players to end their careers,” Duncan tennis head coach Phil Barnes said. “They both represented Duncan well and I think it was a great experience for them. I’m obviously extremely proud of both of them.”

In singles play, Toone won her match 8-1 while Cassidy fell 8-2.

The pair’s strongest overall performance came in doubles play, where they prevailed in a back and forth 8-7 victory.

“This isn’t an event you prepare for too much, but it was exciting to see the competitive side come out of them,” Barnes said. “They took an early lead, the other team fought back and got ahead, but Brittany and Samantha simply did not want to lose. That’s what we’re all about, staying competitive when things are tight.”

Toone was named a finalist for the Jim Thorpe award, given to the top tennis player in the state. Five finalists were named out of the 24 players selected to compete at the All-State event.

Barnes was also honored, winning his sixth Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award. He’s won the accolade twice as the Duncan boys coach and four times as the girls coach.

 

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