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April 13, 2014

Demons dominate SOI tennis field

DUNCAN — The Duncan tennis teams took care of business at the Southern Oklahoma Invitational tournament last Friday.

The boys won their 29th straight tournament and the girls won their 11th. It’s tradition the Demon tennis players knew they had to live up to.

“It’s incredible pressure,” said senior Sam Allen. “You don’t want to be that team that breaks the streak.”

The boys were challenged a few times but pulled through. The toughest match may have been in No. 1 doubles, where Ryan Robinson and Andre Vuong went 7-6 in the first set against Guthrie. Otherwise, the boys mostly shut out their opponents.

“I thought everyone did amazing,” said senior Cameron McCasland. “Almost everyone got top three.”

On the girls side, it was an all-Duncan affair in both singles finals. Alex Bowers, on the Duncan “A” squad, met Duncan “B” squad member MacKenzie Rains in the No. 1 singles finals. At No. 2 singles, it was “A” member Marisa Moore against “B” member Paityn Bower.

“It’s definitely rewarding to know that all four Duncan girls made the finals,” Moore said. “It’s a little intimidating knowing that you’re playing a fellow team member, but it all works out.”

Duncan coach Phil Barnes was  pleased with how his players performed and that many kids got to take the courts.

“We had some young kids who had some tough matches, but when you have those, it makes you ready to play for next year,” he said.

Duncan has plenty of work ahead this year, though. The girls head to Oklahoma City for a tournament hosted by Guthrie Monday, then the boys do the same Wednesday. Then it’s back to Duncan for the BancFirst Tournament, with the girls playing this Friday and the boys this Saturday.

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