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April 3, 2013

Demons tennis teams hold their own against top road competition

DUNCAN — As their head coach predicted at the start of the season, the Duncan tennis teams continue to improve as they hold their own against some of the state’s top competition.

In its latest challenge, the Demons placed sixth while the Lady Demons took fourth in every event en route to a fourth place finish.

“The competition here was comparable to the Tournament of Champions and I thought both teams played really well,” Demons head coach Phil Barnes said. “We’ve proven that we’re right there with some of the top teams in the state and I expect us to keep improving.”

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With each its two singles and two doubles teams finishing in the same spots, the Demons stayed consistent against the competition Tuesday.

In a sixth place finish, the Demons earned 12 points. Tournament champion Edmond North notched 34 points and Jenks finished as the runner up with 30 points.

No. 1 singles saw Ryan Robinson drop his first match, but bounce back with two straight victories to secure fifth place. Robinson dropped his opening match to Edmond North’s Craig Mays 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, but recovered with a 6-1, 6-1 win against Broken Arrow’s Andy Trac and a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Shawnee’s Luke Lassister.

Allen Hruby found similar success in No.2 singles, fighting back after a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Edmond Memorial’s Jacob Santone. Hruby worked his way toward a fifth place finish with a 7-5, 6-3 win against Broken Arrow’s Trent Howell and a 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 victory against Matthew Salazar of Shawnee.

Like their single counterparts, the Demons two doubles teams each finished in the same position: seventh place.

Brant Davis in Andre Vuong dropped their first two No. 1 doubles sets before earning their first win of the day, a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Shawnee’s Balwin and Bowhower team.

It was more of the same in No. 2 doubles, as Sam Allen and Sam Moffat beat Edmond Memorial’s Christoph and Young and Shawnee’s Fisher and Wood after falling in their first round to Memorial’s Plante and Wolse.

“I thought the boys really held their own against tough competition,” Barnes said. “They looked really strong in some spots today.”

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