The Jeff Bramlett era is over in Granbury High tennis.
It ended with Friday’s 10-0 loss to top-seeded Lubbock in the Class 4A Region I Tennis Tournament in Wichita Falls.
“My Granbury career is over,” said a misty-eyed Bramlett after the match. “I will always cherish my time here and all we were able to accomplish”
Bramlett is leaving Granbury to become the head coach at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall in January.
In his eight seasons at Granbury, Bramlett broke new ground with the tennis program. This was the third consecutive season in which the team reached the regional tournament, something believed to have never been done before.
The 14-8 final record of this year’s team is also believed to be the most wins ever, eclipsing the previous mark of a dozen by another Bramlett squad in 2011.
Also thought to be a first is this year’s squad winning a postseason match that didn’t involve a district tournament (they won a third consecutive league tourney also). With the University Interscholastic League expanding postseason entries from two to four for each district, area tournaments were set up.
Granbury defeated Burleson Centennial and Crowley in convincing fashion before falling to District 7-4A regular season champion Aledo 10-7 in the finals of the Area 7/8-4A Tournament.
Aledo (16-2), making its eighth consecutive regionals appearance, also lost Friday, 10-4 to Lubbock Monterrey.
Despite being shutout, Bramlett’s team played the No. 1 seeds tough.
“Their coach said he was really concerned before the match. He said he was going to vote for us to be a top-25 team,” said Bramlett. “To get that kind of compliment from a guy who just beat you 10-0 means a lot. We left with our heads held high.
“We put some fear in them. We didn’t win any, but we played them real good and every match was competitive.”
The most exciting contest of the day was between the second-seeded girls doubles teams. The marathon contest ended in a 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 setback for Granbury.
“Kate (Bramlett) and Elizabeth (Morton) played probably the best girls doubles team they ever have,” said the coach. “Kate’s opponent has won nine national titles.”
Bramlett and Morton teamed to reach the 4A State Tournament in May, the first players from Granbury to get to state in tennis in five decades.
“It’s been a great run here,” said coach Bramlett. “I’m so proud of the kids.”
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