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Spring Fling 2019

State Tennis: Javagal, Janicek give Brentwood a sophomore sweep in singles championships

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MURFREESBORO – Just as the Brentwood boys and girls swept the Large Class State team titles earlier this week, the school produced a sophomore sweep in the singles tournament as well.

Sophomores Hamsa Javagal and Donovan Janicek both captured individual state crowns on Friday at the Adams Tennis Complex. Javagal rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win over Romane Britt of Collierville for the girls’ championship, while Janicek topped Nathan Zou of Murfreesboro Central 6-4, 6-3.

Javagal reached the finals as a freshman, but lost in straight sets last season. She topped Rhea County senior Sarah Edwards in straight sets in the first round and followed with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Obion County’s Fernada Espinosa in the semifinals.

Javagal helped lead the Lady Bruins into the championship match Wednesday. The Brentwood girls captured a fourth consecutive state title.

Javagal’s teammates Alex Torre and Georgia Fischer won the doubles tournament in the Large Class as well. The freshman-senior pair gave up just three points in three matches. The topped Lainey Hill and Sydney Berry of Dobyns Bennett in the championship 6-1, 6-1. Fischer has partnered on the last four doubles championships. She teamed up with Evie Calhoun to win the doubles title last season and in 2017. As a freshman, she was paired with Katie DeWald and the duo claimed the 2016 crown.

Janicek fell to the senior Zou in the team championship Wednesday, though his Bruins clinched the title. The sophomore collected his first championship after falling in the state semifinals last season.

In the Large Class doubles tournament, Ravenwood’s Jackson Stone and Ethan Esienhauer lost a 6-4, 6-4 match to Tennessee’s Hagan Oakley and David Bieger in the finals. The pair rallied to edge Siegel’s Drew Elliott and Hussain Alzubaidi 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals.

In Division II-A, Christ Presbyterian Academy’s Nathan Irwin was runner-up in the singles tournament. The sophomore fell to Walker Stearns of St. George’s 6-2, 6-3 Friday.

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