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May 9, 2014

Byng girls win 4A Regional

Edmond — The second-ranked Byng High School girls tennis squad earned championships at No. 2 Singles, No. 1 Doubles and No. 2 Doubles while cruising to a Class 4A regional title on Monday.

The Lady Pirates registered a score of 45, followed by Clinton (36), Anadarko (28), Beaver (28) and Pauls Valley (26). There were 12 schools represented in the regional.

Kalina Popova captured the No. 2 Singles title for Byng with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Beaver’s Allondra Bustamante. Popova was a perfect 3-0 in the regional and will take a 24-9 overall record into this weekend’s state tournament, set for Friday and Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

In the No. 1 Doubles championship match, the Lady Pirate team of Kaitlyn Atkeson and Lanie McGaha combined for a 6-1, 6-1 victory over the Pauls Valley team of Briscoe and Carnell. The Atkeson-McGaha pair went 3-0 in regional play and will take a 16-3 overall record into state.

“Lanie played with a cast on her left forearm and hand, and she’s battled through this. She’s a warrior,” said Byng head coach Alan Simpson.

Andrea Burnsworth and Amanda Daniel teamed up for a 6-4, 6-4 win over the Pauls Valley combination of Freeland and Grimmett for the No. 2 Doubles crown. Burnsworth and Daniel went 3-0 in the regional and will take a 29-9 record into the state tourney.

Byng’s Hannah Fortner, competing at No. 1 Singles, placed third at regionals and won her final match with a 6-2, 6-0 decision over Millwood’s Daja Swenson. Fortner finished 3-1 for the tournament and is 22-17 on the season, heading into state.

“The Ada girls are ranked No. 1 and are there for a reason. They are really solid,” Simpson said. “We look for our girls to play the best they can and are looking forward to state.”

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