After a few days off from what was supposed to be the finish of the Class 5A Girls Tennis Tournament, the Duncan Lady Demons finished fourth as a team after four players played their final matches Tuesday afternoon.
Vanessa Cassidy took home fourth place honors after she faced Oklahoma Bible Academy in the third place match. Cassidy dropped both sets 6-1, 6-4 to secure the team five points in the one singles competition.
Alyssa Mitchell was playing in the two singles competition and was going for fifth place facing Oklahoma Bible Academy and dropped both sets 6-4, 6-4 for sixth place.
Mitchell’s sixth place finish got the Lady Demons three team points to put them at eight for the tournament heading into the final match for Duncan on the day in the doubles two tournament.
The team of Alexis Giles and Sydney White faced Claremore for fifth place and got the first set victory 7-6 before taking the second set to another tie breaking set.
Claremore was able to take the second set 7-6 to force the third and final set and the Lady Zebras beat Giles and White 6-1 to send them to a six place finish.
Giles and White finished with three team points to take home the fourth place finish at the Class 5A State Tournament which was one point better than the 3-way tie at fifth place.
Bishop Kelley won the team title with 33 points, Cascia Hall finished second with 27 and Heritage Hall had 24 points for third place.
Lady Demons finish the season with a team that will have a few key returning starters and also some team members from the girls middle school team that qualified for State.
With the fourth place finish, the Lady Demons were the highest public school finisher at the competition as a team and despite playing a tough three day schedule Coach Phil Barnes was pleased with the team’s performance.
“It was very grueling and very tough because it has been a long three days to get it all in and it is tough on the coaches, but really tough on the kids,” Barnes said. “It has been a tough weekend, but I was real pleased with where we finished and we exceeded expectations. We replaced three seniors from last year and two all-staters and we were a young team and probably exceeded expectations.”
Barnes added that having some young players who placed at State Tournament he feels like this will help for next year and the experience will pay off.
“It will definitely help, we really had a great year and finished fourth, we were regional champions and state academic champions and brought home a lot of hardware this year,” Barnes said. “I am real proud of how the girls played and competed everywhere and we played our best tennis of the year and that is what you want.”