OKLAHOMA CITY — The young Byng Pirates’ tennis team placed fifth at the Class 3A State Tennis Tournament this past weekend at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

And although their expectations were a little higher, considering the rugged 3A field, fifth wasn’t too shabby in 2006.

“Class 3A was a water moccasin this year,” Byng head coach Alan Simpson said. “I should petition to go up to 4A next year. This was a bad year to be in 3A.”

Tulsa Cascia Hall ran away with the team title, winning championships in every event — the first time that has happened since Edmond accomplished the rare feat 1981. It was the Commandos fifth consecutive state title.

“Cascia Hall absolutely ran away with everything,” Simpson said. They’re the best team I’ve seen. They’re kind of set apart from everybody else and that’s in all classes.”

Byng’s best showing was in No. 2 Singles where Ryan Ennis of Byng battled his way into the third place match before falling to Caleb Villaflor of Heritage Hall 6-1, 6-1.

Byng No. 1 Singles player Jordan Johnson dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision to Erik Hart of Victory Christian in the fifth place match.

Both Byng doubles teams were eliminated in straight sets in the consolation quarterfinals.

“I think we'll all do better next year. When You get thrown in the fire like this you learn a lot. The reality of it was just really, really tough,” Simpson said. “I'm not disappointed in their effort at all. I think they were disappointed. They thought they could play better and they probably could have.”

With everyone back and some state tournament experience under their belts, Simpson expects his squad to fare better in 2007.

“We had a great spring season. We won six tournaments and we have all of our kids back,” he said.

Johnson finished with spring with a 27-6 record while Ennis stood at 26-4.

Byng’s No. 1 Doubles team of Michael Rosson and Clay Thompson were 17-15 while Marcos Souza and Luis Monjaraz finished 18-19 at No. 2 Doubles.

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