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March 31, 2014

Byng tennis team finishes fifth in Tournament of Champions

Oklahoma City —    The Byng Pirates, despite coming from the smallest school in the field, placed fifth in the prestigious Tournament of Champions on Friday at Heritage Hall High School.

   Edmond North earned the team title with a score of 29, followed by Cascia Hall (27), Heritage Hall (26), Tulsa Union (24) and Byng (14).

   “These are the best teams in 6A and 5A and we’re 4A. To finish fifth in this tournament is a really good thing,” said Byng head coach Alan Simpson.

   The Pirates’ best finishes came from Dylan West at No. 2 singles (fifth place) and the No. 2 doubles combination of Paul Snyder and Montana Sellers (fifth place). West went 2-1 for the tournament, as did the Snyder-Sellers team.

   West defeated Ada’s Chad Whittington, 6-0, 6-0, and Snyder and Sellers were 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 winners over the Enid team of Hallett and Miller in three sets, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

   “Dylan’s only loss (of the tournament) was to Edmond North in a three-set match. That player was the No. 2 seed,” Simpson said. “Our No. 2 doubles lost to Tulsa Union in the first round.”

   Caleb Shaw settled for sixth place at No. 1 singles after dropping a tough three-set match to Heritage Hall’s Nick Funches, the state runner-up in Class 5A last year. Funches won by a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 count.

   “Caleb lost a three-set match to a quality opponent. It was a good loss,” said Simpson.

   At No. 1 doubles, the Metro Christian team of Fine and Alley were 6-2, 6-3 winners over Byng’s Neil Jorgensen and Kai Jorgensen for fifth place.

   “That Metro Christian team was really good,” Simpson said.

   The next competition for the Byng boys will be in the Ada Tournament on Saturday.

Byng girls capture Clinton crown

   OKLAHOMA CITY — The Byng High School girls’ tennis team rolled to three championships at No. 2 singles, No. 1 doubles and No. 2 doubles in claiming the team title of the Clinton Tournament on Thursday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

   All three of the first-place finishes came at the expense of Seminole High School in the finals.

   Byng’s Kalina Popova captured the No. 2 singles crown with a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Seminole’s Hannah Grace.

   At No. 1 doubles, the Lady Pirates’ team of Kaitlyn Atkeson and Lanie McGaha were 6-3, 6-2 winners over the Lady Chieftain team of Clark and Tiger. The Atkeson-McGaha combination now has a 10-1 record for the season.

   Andrea Burnsworth and Amanda Daniels, of Byng, kept their record unbeaten at 11-0 for the season with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over the Seminole team of Hallum and Reed in the championship match.

   The next action for the Lady Pirates will be Friday in the Ada Tournament at the Ada Tennis Center.

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