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March 3, 2013

DHS Tennis aces opener

Sean Gorman / The Duncan Banner
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DUNCAN — With two tournament titles and the first chance to officially compete on their new and improved courts, Saturday’s JC Perkins Tennis Invitational was almost too good to be true for the Duncan tennis teams.

The Lady Demons thrived in the season opener, earning first place finishes in No.1 singles, No.2 singles, No.1 doubles and No.2 doubles, while the Demons finaled in all four events to tie for first place with Durant.

“The whole wekend was really exciting. It was like a mini U.S. Open here,” Demons coach Phil Barnes said. “A lot of people made a point to come out and see the new courts and our teams took care of business.”

Brittany Toone had little trouble winning No.1 singles, beating Elizabeh Izaguirre of Capitol Hill and Karina Medina from Pauls Valley before beating out Lawton’s Meredith Shaw in the final.

It was more of the same for Duncan in the the girls No. 2 singles, where Alex Bowers beat out Capitol Hill’s Tiara Hill and Western Heights’ Makenzie Quinn before defeating Durant’s Christina Gomez in the final.

An all-Duncan final was the story in the girls No.1 doubles, with Samantha Cassidy and Sydney Henricks taking first place.

Carly Kirkland and Marissa Moore completed the sweep, beating out Durant in the girls No. 2 doubles final.

“It really wasn’t too difficult for the girls today,” Barnes said. “They got on and off the court and did what they what they had to do.”

The Demons also found success Saturday, finaling in every event en route to a first place tie with Durant.

Sam Moffat finished second in the boys No. 1 singles bracket, while Allen Hruby took first in No. 2 singles. Duncan continued its winning ways in doubles, as Ryan Robinson and Andre Vuong took second in No. 1 doubles and Moffat and Brant Davis won No. 2 doubles.

“I thought our boys played well,” Barnes said. “We were all excited to play on these courts and it showed.”