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For the Duncan tennis team at Wednesday’s Putnam City Tournament, it was a new group of players producing the same results it’s seen all year.
With a handful of its players competing in events they haven’t normally seen this season, the Lady Demons made the most of the new opportunity, winning three events and taking first place.
“I was pleased with everyone’s effort today,” Duncan coach Phil Barnes said. “We mixed and matched with some different pairings than usual and some of our regular players didn’t make the trip, but I thought it was good the players we had out there today.
With Brittany Toone, Duncan’s No.1 singles player all season, not making the trip, Carly Kirkland competed in the event for the first time this season and did not dissapoint.
After earning a bye, Kirkland won all three of her matches, clinching first with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Yukon.
“Carly normally plays doubles but the transition wasn’t difficult for her,” Barnes said. “She was a No.1 singles player in junior high and has gotten plenty of experience in singles in practice, so she knew what to expect.”
Filling in for Alex Bowers at the No.2 slot, Rachel Hartman split her four matches, winning two matches en route to a sixth place finish.
Playing in No.1 doubles together for the first time, Samantha Cassidy and Marissa Moore made it look easy, winning their three matches after an opening round bye to take first.
“That was great since Sam and Marrisa had never played together,” Barnes said. “They worked well together and did what they needed to in order to win.”
Duncan’s third title of the tournament came in No. 2 doubles, where Peyton Bower and Jordan Clauson also teamed up to take all three of its matches after a first round bye. First place was clinched when the pair beat a team from Oklahoma Christian School 6-1, 6-1.
“All season I’ve seen those two continue to get better,” Barnes said. “They obviously play well together and it’s great to see them improve.”
Duncan will return to the court Monday at the Chickasha Tournament.