If the Lady Demons tennis team had any rust coming out of the offseason, it certainly hasn’t showed.
The Lady Demons won their third straight tournament title to open the 2013 season, taking first place with 59 points at the Ada Tournament Saturday.
Competition in the boys bracket of the tournament was cancelled because of Saturday’s rainy weather.
“Our backhands can still be better and we can improve with our patience, but overall it was a strong showing,” Demons coach Phil Barnes said. “We still haven’t faced the strongest competition that we’ll face this year, so it’s important for us to keep getting better.”
In No.1 singles play, Brittany Toone was on the wrong end of a finals rematch against Ada’s Margo Martin, losing (6-2, 6-1, 7-6) to finish in second place. Just a week ago, Toone beat out Martin in the No.1 singles round of the Ardmore Tournament.
Alex Bowers continued her early season success at the No.2 singles slot, winning her first two matches before defeating Heritage Hall’s Ali Wright (6-0,6-0) in the finals to earn first. Bowers is yet to drop a set in 2013.
“She knows that her toughest competition is still yet to come, but she’s made the most of everything that has come her way so far,” Barnes said.
The No.1 singles duo of Samantha Cassidy and Sydney Henricks started strong by winning its first match, but followed it up with a (7-5, 6-2) loss to Ardmore’s Psau-Psau team– a second Lady Demons’ loss in a rematch from last week. The pair recovered by beating Deer Creek’s Dene-Pilker team and finished in third place.
It was smooth sailing for the Lady Demons in No. 2 doubles, as Carly Kirkland and Marissa Moore swept the competition without dropping a set. The team clinched the No.2 doubles title with a (6-3, 6-0) victory over Ardmore’s Denson-Seals team.
“We’re going to play even better next time,” Barnes said. “We can still play a little more consistent and aggressive, and we will work on that.”
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Showdown of undefeateds rescheduled
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