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February 28, 2013

Duncan tennis teams begin season at home

DUNCAN — When the Duncan Demons and Lady Demons tennis teams plays Saturday morning, they will start a new season against new competition on new grounds.

 The Demons will begin the 2013 year by hosting the JC Perkins Invitational, where they will compete against a handful of teams. Capitol Hill, Durant, Lawton and Pauls Valley will make the trip to compete against Duncan’s varsity and junior varsity squads.

For the first time, the Demons and Lady Demons will compete at an improved home complex that got four new courts and had resurfacing done on its four south courts this offseason.

“To me, we now have some of the best courts in the state,” Duncan tennis coach Phil Barnes said. “We’re excited to compete on it. I can’t wait.”

On the Lady Demons side, head coach Phil Barnes said Duncan will contend for a tournament title, with the team’s top competition coming from Durant.

“We have most of the same players coming back,” Barnes said. “There’s a good chance we should win.”

Last year’s runners up at state, the team returns last year’s No. 2 singles state champion sophomore Alex Bowers and senior Brittany Toone, who finished third in No. 1 doubles at state last year.

Also coming back are seniors Samantha Cassidy and Sydney Henricks, who enter the year playing side by side in No.1 doubles. Cassidy was part of Duncan’s No. 1 team that finished third at state last season.

With five of its six varsity players returning, the boys team has hopes to continue its recent success after placing seventh at state last season. No.1 Ryan Robinson will lead the way after making the consolation quarterfinals at state last season. The No.2 slot is occupied by Andre Vuong, who also made the consolation quarterfinals at state in 2012. Brant Davis also will be back, following a top-4 finish in No. 2 doubles play at state last season. Duncan’s No.1 doubles team from last year Sam Allen and Sam Moffat will return as well. The entire team qualified for state last year.

Play begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the team’s courts on the  corner of Spruce and 19th Street.

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