When the going gets tough, the Duncan tennis teams get going.
In its latest success against some of the top competition in the state at the Ada Tournament, the Lady Demons seized the moment with a second place finish while the Demons took tenth place.
“It was a really solid effort,” Demons coach Phil Barnes said. “When you look at the teams we’re playing, everyone was really good.”
Once again pitted against the likes of Class 6A foes Jenks, Edmond North and Edmond Memorial, the Duncan girls were not to be intimidated, taking second behind Enid.
Brittany Toone kicked things off with a positive start in No. 1 singles, taking two of her first three matches to set up a rematch from previous tournaments in the third place game. Toone ran into Ada’s Margo Martin for the third time this year, and avenged an earlier loss this season to Martin with a 6-1, 6-2 win to take third.
Not to be outdone in No. 2 singles, Alex Bowers also won two out of three matches en route to a challenging third place match. Bowers took on Jacey Smith, the defending Class 6A state champion and a player Bowers had lost to in her last outing, and showed no fear in a 6-1, 6-1 win to secure third place.
In doubles play, the duo of Samantha Cassidy and Sydney Hendricks continued their strong season, taking two of three matches to finish in fourth place.
Carly Kirland and Marissa Moore continued the winning trend, taking all of their matches until a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Enid’s Blasi/Ruding squad in the finals.
“Now we’re really starting to step up,” Barnes said. “We hadn’t beaten Edmond North or Jenks all year, so this was a big step.”
Coach Barnes called Ada arguably the toughest tournament of the season, and Saturday proved why.
The Demons finished behind first place Jenks (67 points), runner up Edmond North (52 points) and Edmond Memorial (48 points), placing 10th with 23 points.
Ryan Robinson played his best tennis of the season in No.1 singles, overcoming a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 defeat to Durant’s Cameron Stuphler with three straight wins. After winning his final match, a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 defeat of Neil Jorgenson, Robinson finished ninth.
Allen Hruby took the helm for Duncan in No. 2 singles, bouncing back from two early losses by taking his final two matches en route to a 13th place finish.
Andre Vuong and Brant Davis were also on the comeback trail in No.1 doubles play, winning two straight matches after dropping their opener to Memorial’s Gillespie/Santana team 6-1, 6-1. The team forefited its final match when Vuong fell under the weather at placed 10th.
Sam Allen and Sam Moffatt also took two matches in No. 2 doubles, placing ninth.
“I always say, if you want to be good then these are the type of teams you have to face,” Barnes said. “I thought we competed and played extremely well against some tough competition.”
The teams will return to action Friday when it hosts the SOI Tournament Friday. The competition will precede a ribbon cutting cermony at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Duncan tennis courts to officially christen the complex’s four new courts and renovations.