The Duncan Banner

May 11, 2013

Duncan boys tennis teams struggle at state

Evan Grice
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — While the Duncan Lady Demons tennis team tasted success at the state competition just one week ago, the Demons found the going a little more difficult at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center this past weekend.

The No. 1 doubles team of Ryan Robinson and Andre Vuong had the best finish out of all of the Demons players, as they claimed sixth place overall.

“Overall we played about as well as we could have,” Duncan coach Phil Barnes said. “Our No. 1 doubles team played really well today. It was just a tough field to compete in. Right now Class 5A is extremely tough for boys. When you have to make a last minute change to your lineup, then it’s tough to deal with.”

After dropping their opener to the team of Hadley and Kern from Grove High School (6-2, 7-6) Robinson and Vuong rebounded to defeat Beck and Phillips from Claremore in their first consolation match by scores of 6-2, 6-1.

The duo’s run of good luck continued in the consolation semifinals, as they defeated Carl Albert’s team of Lolofie and Nichols by scores of 7-6, 6-1.

Unfortunately, in the finals Heritage Hall’s team of Arceneaux and Zerby claimed fifth place by winning a three set match by scores of 5-7, 7-6 and 6-3.

Sam Allen and Sam Moffatt weren’t so lucky in the No. 2 doubles bracket.

After dropping their opener to the team of Ford and Todd from Thomas Edison High School (6-3, 6-0), Allen and Moffatt were eliminated from the tournament by Beals and Michael from Durant by scores of 7-6, 6-2.

Alan Hruby also found difficulties in the No. 1 singles bracket.

In the first round, Heritage Hall’s Nick Harvey claimed a 6-0, 6-0 victory, before Hruby was eliminated by Cayne Shaw from Del City by scores of 6-0, 7-5.

Cameron McCasland fought in No. 2 singles action, but was also eliminated in the consolation round.

McCasland dropped his first round match to Thomas Edison’s Caelin Luster by scores of 6-1, 6-1 before winning his first consolation match over Shawnee’s Chase Wood in straight sets by scores of 6-2, 6-3.

In the consolation semifinals though, Heritage Hall’s Will Kennedy eliminated McCasland in straight sets by scores of 6-1, 6-2.