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May 14, 2014

Demon boys second at regionals

DUNCAN — The Duncan boys tennis team took second in a tough regional field at home Tuesday.

The second-place finish means the Demons will head to the Class 5A state tournament Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma City. Duncan coach Phil Barnes said that was one of the Demons’ goals.

“We’ve had a lot of success here and we expect to go to the state tournament,” Barnes said. “We have a lot of expectations and the kids played well.”

Barnes was particularly pleased with Ryan Robinson and Andre Vuong, who won No. 1 doubles. Robinson and Vuong lost just three games in the tournament against what Barnes called strong competition.

“They dominated a good doubles division,” the coach said. “It’s impressive because the competiton was so good.”

Sam Allen and Cameron McCasland placed second at No. 2 doubles. They battled a tough duo from Oklahoma Christian School in the semifinals, winning in three sets, before losing to Durant in the finals.

Hayden Pettigrew took third at No. 2 singles and Sam Moffatt took fourth at No. 1 singles. Barnes said both singles players had a good showing, getting wins against good opponents.

“It was a good regional,” he said. “Our No. 1 doubles was particularly good and we played well in a lot of spots.”

As for the state tournament, Barnes said he expects the Demons to have a good showing.

“We’ll face a lot of good teams, but we just want to do the things we need to do,” he said. “We have a good chance to be in the top six.”

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