For the third year in a row, the Brentwood Lady Bruins tennis team clinched the Class AAA team championship at Spring Fling.
Brentwood cruised past Houston, the same team the Lady Bruins beat for the title in 2016, with a 4-0 win Wednesday at Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro.
“State is so much fun because everything in the season leads up to this,” Brentwood’s lone senior Somer Henry said, a three-time individual champion as well. “I can’t play in singles this year and that’s kind of sad, but that’s OK because playing with this team is more fun.”
Henry, who will play tennis at Indiana in the fall, broke her toe before District 11-AAA play, which included a tight win agains rival Franklin, and couldn’t qualify for state individually. Battling soreness, she bested Houston’s No. 1 singles Jesse Nabors in straight sets.
At No. 2, junior Georgia Fischer added another 6-0, 6-0 win.
“I think getting through that Franklin district match and playing without Somer and with doubles teams that hadn’t been together before showed how tough we are,” Fischer said. “That was a game changer for us as a team and we showed we can persevere.”
One of Fischer's biggest challenges was marking the scorecard on the net after winning her first set. She couldn't reach the top to mark that she won the first set and had to have some help from opponent Dinobi Onyeagocha.
Fischer and Evie Calhoun will battle in doubles competition Thursday, while freshman Hamsa Javagal will represent the Lady Bruins in singles play. Competition is set to begin at 9 a.m.
The match conclusion was bittersweet for Brentwood coach Bill Jayne, who said he is retiring at season’s end.
“I’m actually a little bit unhappy about retiring because they are just going to get stronger each year,” said Jayne, who has coached Brentwood for six seasons. “I love them all and I’m going to miss them.
“I know they all have bright futures and not just on the tennis courts, though.”
The Lady Bruins dispatched Dobyns Bennett 4-0 on Tuesday in the state semifinals. They beat Hendersonville 4-0 in a sectional last week.
“It’s pretty exciting to go out with a win,” Henry said, adding that it’s extra special to give coach Jayne another title as well. “It’s weird to be done, but it’s been a fun journey.”
Brentwood def. Houston, 4-0, Class AAA Championship
No. 1 – Somer Henry def. Jesse Nabors, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 – Georgia Fischer def. Dinobi Onyeagocha, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 – Hamsa Javagal def. Macy Granger, 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 – Evie Calhoun def. Allison Griffin, 6-0, 6-0.