The Granbury Pirates went from needing one victory to return to the 4A Region I Tennis Tournament to now needing two.
But then, they’ve done it before – last season, in fact.
Aledo earned District 7-4A’s automatic bid to regionals Tuesday with a 12-7 win at the GHS courts. That left the Pirates, the regular-season runners-up, as the top seed in next week’s four-team district tournament.
The Pirates (7-5, 5-1 in 7-4A)will host Western Hills Tuesday, while Arlington Heights will host South Hills. Those two winners will meet next Friday on the courts of the higher seed, with the winner of that match joining Aledo (8-1, 6-0) in Wichita Falls Oct. 26-27.
“It would have been great to beat Aledo, but they are a great program and proved it again today,” said Granbury coach Jeff Bramlett. “But I am proud of our kids. They played them a very tough match that could have gone either way.
“We’ll just have to get there the hard way again.”
Last season Granbury lost in a similar showdown to Mansfield Summit. The Pirates still qualified for regionals by winning the postseason tournament, only the second time in team history they qualified for regionals (the first being 2003).
The teams went to six tiebreakers Tuesday, with each winning three.
“If we could have won those three, we win the match,” said Bramlett. “There was some real exciting tennis being played.”
The Pirates had little trouble with the rest of the district, with Arlington Heights having the best showing against them in a 15-4 loss. That match was tied at 4-4 before Granbury reeled off 11 straight wins.
“They’ll probably put up a better fight this time,” said Bramlett. “They had a new coach and no practice before they played us.”
As for a rematch with Aledo at regionals, Bramlett would love nothing more.
“We’ve got some other business to take care of first, and then we have to fight our way through to them at regionals, but yeah, we’d like that,” he said.
“When Aledo left here, they knew they’d been in a match.”
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Aledo 12, Granbury 7
Rob Raines, Aledo, defeated Joel Rodgers, Granbury, 6-2, 6-2; Ryan Howell, Aledo, defeated PeterMueller, Granbury, 6-4, 6-2; Erik Meendsen, Aledo, defeated Kolby West, Granbury, 6-2, 6-2; Travis Gough, Aledo, defeated D.J. Santiago, Granbury, 6-0, 6-0; Keegan Moore, Aledo, defeated Noah Smith, Granbury, 7-6, 6-2; Thomas Tigner, Granbury, defeated Andrew Nilo, Aledo, 3-6, 6-1, 13-11.
Kate Bramlett, Granbury, defeated Clair Demers, Aledo, 6-1, 6-0; Mallory Clay, Aledo, defeated Megan Wright, Granbury, 6-2, 6-4; Elizabeth Morton, Granbury, defeated Elizabeth Larson, Aledo, 6-0, 2-6, 11-9; Marilyn Plunk, Aledo, defeated Kasi Krieger, Granbury, 6-7, 7-5, 10-5; Sophie Mullen, Granbury, defeated Sarah Duncan, Aledo, 6-4, 6-4; Keelyn Taylor, Granbury, defeated Lindsey Bradford, Aledo, 7-6, 1-6, 10-7.
Meendsen/Howell, Aledo, defeated Rodgers/Tigner, Granbury, 6-1, 6-2; Gough/Barron, Aledo, defeated Santiago/West, Granbury, 6-0, 6-4; Moore/Nilo, Aledo, defeated Smith/C. Chiappe, Granbury, 6-2, 6-1.
Demers/Plunk, Aledo, defeated Wright/Tigner, Granbury, 0-6, 6-4, 11-9; Duncan/Clay, Aledo, defeated Morton/Krieger, Granbury, 5-7, 6-4, 11-9; Murphy/Mullen, Granbury, defeated Mazade/Whitton, Aledo, 6-2, 6-3.
Bramlett/Mueller, Granbury, defeated Goolsby/Rains, Aledo, 6-2, 6-3.
Records – Granbury 7-5, 5-1 in 7-4A; Aledo 8-1, 6-0.