MURFREESBORO – When James Smith clinched match point for Brentwood, the Bruins broke out in celebration Wednesday at Adams Tennis Complex. And it wasn’t the last time players from the Williamson County school erupted in celebration that day.
The Brentwood boys clinched the Large Class State Championship by taking down Murfreesboro Central Magnet 4-1 Wednesday. The Lady Bruins followed shortly after by sweeping Collierville 4-0 to earn a fourth consecutive team title.
“Getting out of our district is always tough, but when we beat Ravenwood to advance, we had one goal more goal and that was going all the way,” Bruins freshman Hunter Johnson said. “I mean all season we knew we could do it having the talent on our roster, so we stayed strong, went undefeated and came out on top at state.”
Johnson held on for a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win at No. 2 singles for the Bruin boys. Senior Ethan Ly battled to a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 3 and William Smith claimed a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 4.
But it was James Smith, a freshman and William’s younger brother, who endured a 6-4 setback in the first set against the Tigers Fant Smith and rallied for clinching win. The youngster claimed a 6-2 win in the second set and cruised for a 6-1 win in the third to seal the win just as the championship doubles matches were getting underway.
“We got a freshman out there playing tennis in front of a huge crowd, but I kept reminding him, the pressure was on both sides,” Brentwood coach Bud Robinson said. “I’m explaining to James that his opponent is feeling as much pressure and to just rise above it.”
And he did.
The District 11-AAA champions knocked out defending champion Ravenwood in the district final and clinched the Region 6-AAA tile in straight sets agains Overton, earning a trip to state for the first time since 2016.
At No. 1 singles Wednesday, the Tigers senior Nathan Zou defeated Brentwood sophomore Donovan Janicek day 6-3, 6-1, but the next four stepped up and battled.
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“There's a brotherhood developing here and we have individuals that are outstanding players, but I think we played as a team today more than anything,” Robinson said. “I think it showed coming down the final match like that.
“There's a lot of people out here watching and surprisingly I think this just bodes well for the future for us with so many young players,” Robinson said. “It’s definitely something as a coach to be very excited about it.”
The Bruins swept past Science Hill 4-0 in the semifinals Tuesday. Robinson said his team rested and hydrated well leading into the championship.
“Science Hill put up a battle against us, so after that fight I was concerned about our legs on this hot day, but the guys took care of themselves,” he said.
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In the girls’ match, senior Georgia Fischer triggered a sweep by cruising to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Abby Thompson to open the championship match. Evelyn Calhoun and Kaitlyn Ly both followed with straight set wins.
The clincher came at No. 1 singles where Alex Torre scored a 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 win against Ramone Guibal-Britt. Brentwood’s Hamsa Javagal battled Margeaux Britt in three sets as well after falling 6-7 in the first and winning 6-4 in the second. Javagal led 3-0 in the third before Torre clinched match point to seal the Lady Bruins win.
Brentwood boys 4, Murfreesboro Central Magnet 1, Large School State Championship
Nathan Zou, MCM, over Donovan Janicek, 6-3, 6-1; Hunter Johnson, BHS, over Ryan Harper, 6-1, 7-6 (4); Ethan Ly, BHS, over Tom Smith, 6-3, 6-4; William Smith, BHS, over Alex Hand, 6-4, 6-1; James Smith, BHS, over Fant Smith, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Brentwood girls 4, Collierville 0, Large Schools State Championship
Alex Torre, BHS, over Ramone Guibal-Britt, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3; Georgia Fischer, BHS, over Abby Thompson, 6-0, 6-2; Evelyn Calhoun, BHS, over Campbell Stewart, 6-4, 6-0; Kaitlyn Ly, BHS, over Amy Zhou, 6-2, 6-0.