The Duncan Banner
By Sean Gorman
The Duncan Banner
In its final tuneup before Monday’s regional tournament, the Duncan tennis team made the most out of its regular season finale Friday and Saturday.
Playing at the Chickasha Tournament, the Lady Demons swept all four events and took first while the Demons’ junior varsity players stepped up and led the team to a third place finish.
“Both teams had a good day and we had some kids fill in and rise to the occasion in new positions,” Demons coach Phil Barnes said. “We’re ready to get geared up for regionals and it’s an extremely exciting time of year for us.”
With most of its senior players attending Duncan prom, the Demons relied mostly on its younger players en route to a third place finish.
Filling in for Ryan Robinson, Brant Davis took the helm in the No.1 singles slot. Davis opened with victories against Lawton and Chickasha before falling to Edmond North 6-2, 6-1 in the final to finish in second place.
“I like the way Brant stepped up and handled it,” Barnes said. “He played well and I was really pleased with his effort.”
Hayden Pettigrew stepped into No.2 singles and found a fate similar to Davis’. Pettigrew picked up wins against Lawton and Lawton Eisenhower before also losing to Edmond North 6-2, 6-1 in the final round.
“Hayden battled today, I believe he had as many as six tiebreakers so it was great to see him win those,” Barnes said.
Rounding out the Demons in No.2 singles play was Jackson Moffat, who recovered from an early defeat with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Macarthur to finish in seventh place.
Sean Brady and Roger Pipkin filled in at No.1 doubles play, beating Lawton High 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 before dropping their final two matches. The duo finished in fourth.
Also without many of its regular starters, the Duncan girls team had no trouble dealing with the competition, taking first place with 36 points.
Carly Kirkland filled in for Brittany Toone at No.1 singles and dominated, beating Chickasha and Edmond North convincingly before winning the title with a 6-0, 7-6 victory against Altus.
In No.2 singles, Aubrey Mouser won early and often, dropping just one set the whole day en route to a first place finish. Mouser clinched first by beating Lawton 6-0, 6-1.
“Carly and Aubrey both played extremely well, had fun and made the most of their chances,” Barnes said. “I think the team as a whole had a lot of fun today, which always helps.”
Toone instead played doubles Saturday, teaming up with fellow senior Samantha Cassidy for the first time this season in No.1 doubles. The duo also dropped just one set en route to a first place finish, securing the title with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Altus.
Cassidy’s usual partner Sydney Henricks played alongside Marissa Moore in No.2 doubles, with the pair finding similar success. Henricks and Moore didn’t drop a single set and completed a Duncan sweep by beating Altus 6-0, 6-0.