They didn’t win the tournament, but it was a dominant performance by the Granbury High tennis team at the Arlington Seguin Tournament recently.
But then, no one won the tournament – unless you count Mother Nature. Play was called before most finals could be played because of rain.
“The rain hit, and everybody split,” said Granbury coach Jeff Bramlett. “But before that, we put on a pretty good show.”
Granbury qualified competitors in eight finals, along with two other entries in consolation finals.
And that was despite the absence of three of their top players, Kate Bramlett, Elizabeth Morton and Megan Wright, all out with a conflicting event on their schedules.
“I’ve got to say, this was impressive,” said coach Bramlett. “For us to be able to do this without those three makes me feel really confident as we get ready for district.”
The field at Seguin included Mansfield schools Legacy, Summit and Timberview, Granbury nemeses for years when they shared a district.
“Those schools used to beat us, and now we’re beating them regularly,” said Bramlett. “They’re watching us, too, and it’s showing up when our players get seeded.”
One Granbury player actually did win his division. Joel Rodgers was able to finish his match in Boys B Singles before the rains came.
Others who qualified for their respective finals were Colby West and Kasi Krieger in Mixed A Doubles, Miller Smith and Katey Singer in Mixed B Doubles, Alex Jenny and Keelyn Taylor in Girls A Doubles, Alyssa Tigner and Jordan Watson in Girls B Doubles, Sophie Mullen in Girls A Singles, Deanna Rupp in Girls B Singles, and Trace Chiappe and Josh Smith in Boys B Doubles.
Reaching their respective consolation finals were Peter Mueller in Boys B Singles, along with Chandler Chiappe and Thomas Tigner in Boys A Doubles.
Granbury is off until returning to action in a tournament in Aledo next Friday. The Pirates and Bearcats are expected to battle for supremacy in the District 7-4A Tournament, much like they did at the Burleson Tournament recently.
Aledo won at Burleson, but the Pirates captured the top spot in four divisions compared to three for the Bearcats.
“I still don’t know how we didn’t win that tournament,” said Bramlett. “They were just deeper than us.
“But we got some confidence out of that tournament. It was a boost, and we definitely closed the gap with Aledo.
“It would be nice if we go onto their courts and have some success.”
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