With the regional tournament just around the corner, the Duncan tennis teams look to be as ready as they’ll ever be.
The teams played some of their best tennis of the season at the Banc North Tournament Saturday, with the girls taking first and the boys finishing fourth.
“The boys and girls each played really well, just an overall solid effort,” Demons coach Phil Barnes said. “I think we’re playing some of our best tennis at a time where we have to be playing some of our best tennis.”
Making it to finals in all four events, the Lady Demons took first comfortably, winning the tournament by more than 15 points.
With Duncan’s usual No.1 singles player Brittany Toone not playing, Alex Bowers rose to the occasion, winning three of four matches to finish in second.
Bowers opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win against Putnam North and advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Guthrie. Playing to reach the finals, Bowers disposed of Ada 6-4, 6-4 before falling to Enid 6-2, 6-3 in the tournament final.
Aubrey Mouser also saw success in singles play, taking first in the No.2 slot. Following a bye, Mouser took matches against Putnam North and Byng to reach the final round. Matched against Norman in the finals, Mouser took care of business, winning 6-4, 6-3.
Samantha Cassidy and Sydney Henricks also took full advantage of a first round bye in No.1 doubles, beating Carl Albert and Guthrie before meeting Enid in the finals. The duo clinched the championship in stride, winning 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
In No. 2 doubles play, Carly Kirland and Marissa Moore also finaled, taking second after winning matches against Byng and Jenks. Enid was too much for the pair in their final match, as Kirkland and Moore fell 6-0, 6-1.
The Demons held their own, finaling in No.1 doubles en route to a fourth place overall finish.
In No.1 singles, Sam Moffatt avenged a loss from earlier in the season with a win against Seminole before suffering a second round loss to Jenks. Moffatt then bounced back, beating out Ardmore 6-4, 6-3 to take seventh place.
No.2 singles say Allan Hruby recover from an opening round loss, winning his second and third matches to reach the 9th place game against Western Heights. Western proved to be too much for Hruby, who fell 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
The Demons best effort of the day came in No. 1 doubles, where they finished second. After a bye, the duo of Ryan Robinson and Andre Vuong swept through its first two matches before falling to Jenks in the final 6-2, 6-2.
“I was really impressed with our No.1 doubles team,” Barnes said. “We let one slip away in the final, but really stepped up.”
Sam Allen and Brant Davis also earned a top five finish in No.2 doubles winning its final two matches against Ardmore and Anadarko to take fifth place.
The teams will return to action Friday and Saturday at the Chickasha Tournament.