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Against its toughest competition of the year so far, the Duncan tennis team once again rose to the occassion Monday.
The Lady Demons finished one point behind champion Edmond North and one point ahead of third place Enid to take second at its tournament with 56 points, finishing in the top three in singles and doubles play.
“We always want to finish first, but I thought we responded really well to the windy weather and quality of competition we faced,” Demons coach Phil Barnes said. “We have a tough group who stepped up against a handful of good teams today.”
Brittany Toone continued to play well in No. 1 singles, winning her first two matches against Lauren Corall of Edmond North (6-0, 6-0) and Kyndal Heath of Mustang (6-1. 6-1). Toone then dropped her third match to Enid before bouncing back to beat Lawton’s Meredith Shaw (6-0, 6-0) and secure a third place finish.
Similar results came for Alex Bowers in No. 2 singles. Bowers also took her firs tow matches before falling to eventual champion Rylee Thikel of Edmond North (2-6, 7-6, 7-6). Bowers handled her third place game in similar fashion, ending the day with a (6-0, 6-0) win against Stevie Jones of Mustang to take third place.
Each of Duncan’s doubles teams were able to make it all the way to finals. The No.1 doubles duo of Samantha Cassidy and Sydney Hendricks went unbeaten into the final round before falling to Enid’s team of Blase and Ga (1-6, 6-3, 7-6).
In No. 2 doubles play, Carly Kirkland and Marissa Moore took advantage of a first round bye by winning their final three matches. The team first beat Choctaw’s Anderson-Kohl team (6-3, 6-1), then advanced past Guthrie’s Havelli-Cobling squad (6-3, 6-4) before winning the final round (6-1, 6-1).
The Lady Demons have finished in the top two at every tournament they have competed in this season.
“Those teams [Edmond North and Enid] are some of the best teams in Class 6A and Edmond is a defending state champion, so I’m proud of the way we played them today,” Barnes said. “Our teams were tested and they showed the kind of toughness we need. I’m happy with our performance.”