PAULS VALLEY — The Byng Pirates tennis team didn’t bring home a regional championship but qualified all six of its players for this weekend’s state tournament after a second-place finish at the 3A Regional Tournament Monday in Pauls Valley.

Deer Creek of Edmond won the regional crown with 43 points while the Pirates were a close second with 39.

“We came up short. We just got outplayed by Deer Creek in a couple of matches that hurt us. But Deer Creek had something to do with it. Their singles players were good and really on yesterday and ours weren’t playing their best,” said Byng head coach Alan Simpson.

Byng’s singles players Jordan Johnson and Ryan Ennis both battled their way into championship matches before running into Deer Creek buzz saws.

Chase Miller, the Antlers’ No. 1 Singles player, defeated Johnson 6-2, 6-1 and David Sheets stopped Ennis 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 2 Singles match.

Byng’s No. 1 Doubles team of Clay Thompson and Michael Rosson upset the Deer Creek tandem of Hawg and Sioux 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in an exciting semifinal match before running out of steam in a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Pauls Valley in the finals.

“They played their best match of the year in the semifinals. That was a great match and we played so well. And it’s a good time to be playing your best match,” Simpson said.

Marcos Souza and Luis Monjaraz captured third place with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over a pair of Classen players.

The Class 3A State Tournament will begin Friday at 11 a.m. at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

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