MURFREESBORO — It was a good week at Spring Fling for the Brentwood High tennis programs and Coach Bill Jayne.
For the first time in school history Brentwood’s girls tennis team pulled off the sweep, winning the Class AAA state singles and doubles titles Friday at Old Fort Park.
That came just two days after the Lady Bruins won the Class AAA state team title.
Sophomore Somer Henry got things started in the singles championship defeating Sneha Sinha 6-0, 6-1 winning her second straight singles title.
Henry’s experience in last year’s title match helped her stay calm this time around and she saved her best performance for the last match of the tournament.
“I played well and definitely my best match was today so I was happy with that,” Henry said. “I try not to think about it too much and play it point by point and I think that helped a lot because last year I was nervous and started out shaky.”
Katie DeWald and Georgia Fischer took care of business in the doubles match, winning in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 over Houston’s Menzie Montgomery and Kelly Carney to complete the sweep.
“It feels great, I’m so excited,” Fischer said. “We made sure not to underestimate anyone and we wanted to play the same against all of our opponents and make sure we gave our best effort going into it.”
Brentwood wasn’t done on the day as Sam Fischer, Georgia’s brother, won the AAA boys singles title, defeating Science Hill’s Andrew Morton 6-3, 6-1.
“I was a little bit nervous, but I knew that if I play my game and stay mentally in there every point I could come away with the win,” said Fischer, who was blocked from reaching the state last year by two-time state champ Steven Karl from Ravenwood.
The Brentwood girls program hadn’t won a title since 2003.
“For what these guys have done, I’m very proud of them and happy for them and very proud of what they’ve done for the school and themselves,” Coach Bill Jayne said.
Arguably the best match was of the day was a showdown between Ensworth’s Miles Jackson and Montgomery Bell Academy’s George Harwell in the D-II AA singles championship. It was a back-and-forth battle all match long until Harwell was able to pull off the victory, winning his second straight title 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.
“It was an amazing match, Miles is an amazing player and we’ve battled it out all year and it was just a tough battle,” Harwell said. “I got him this time but I’m just so proud that we both fought.”
Central Magnet’s freshman Nathan Zou made school history by winning the A-AA singles title, 6-4, 6-3, over Knoxville Catholic’s Jacob Lorino.
After being down a break in the first set Zou started attacking Lorino’s back hand, which put Zou in control the rest of the way.
“I never even knew I would get this far so it just feels great,” Zou said. “I felt all the way from the beginning that I could’ve beaten him, and just that mental attitude that I had throughout the match helped me in the match.”
Central coach Zack Jones was amazed on how well Zou played all season long despite being a freshman.
“This kid Nathan has just grinded all year,” Jones said. “He went undefeated in singles and doubles and you can’t say enough about a 14-year-old freshman. Mentally this week he was so strong and just played top level tennis, best I’ve seen.”