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May 10, 2013

Demons take on new look at state tourney

DUNCAN — One week after their female counterparts brought home Duncan’s first girls tennis title since 1994, the boys team will hope for a repeat performance this weekend.

The Demons will face their biggest and most critical test of the season this weekend, heading to Oklahoma City to play for a Class 5A championship in the state tournament.

“We’re excited to compete and finish as high in the rankings as we can,” Demons coach Phil Barnes said. “Not every time gets the chance to be in the state tournament, it’s a great opportunity for us.”

While the state tournament will conclude the Demons’ 2013 season, the team will be taking on a new look when play begins Friday.

A shoulder injury to Brant Davis has shaken up the roster, with the Demons employing the same players they’ve used all year in just one event.

That event will be No.1 doubles, were Ryan Robinson and Andre Vuong, who have spent all season playing in that position. The duo used that experience to their advantage at regionals, finishing in second place.

“They’ve got a chance to really do some damage,” Barnes said. “They’re the only guys who have been in the same spot all year and that’s going to help them.”

Stepping into the No.1 singles slot will be Allan Hruby, who spent most of the season slated in No.2 doubles. Hruby proved his versatility in the regional tournament, taking fourth in No.1 singles.

Playing in his second tournament all season in the No.2 singles spot will be Cameron McCasland, who competed on Duncan’s junior varsity squad before Davis’ injury. Like Hruby, McCasland finished fourth at regionals in the new position.

“It’s going to be tough because we these players haven’t been in these spots all season,” Barnes said. “Each went 2-2 at regionals, so we’re hoping to improve at state.”

In No.2 doubles, Sam Allan and Sam Moffat will try to build on their success in their lone tournament together. The duo made it all the way to the semifinals at regionals before falling to Western Heights en route to finishing third.

Barnes pointed to Cascia Hall, Heritage Hall and Oklahoma Christian School as the top competition the Demons will face.

“I mean, it’s state, everybody’s good,” Barnes said. “You have to bring your best effort and limit mistakes because teams will take advantage of that.”

 

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