Tristen Brunson was visibly disappointed.
After winning the 2A state girls tennis title a year ago, the Florence sophomore could not repeat.
Franklin’s Carrie Casey upset Brunson 6-1, 6-3 in a 2A girls semifinal at the UIL 2A Tennis State Tournament on April 29 at Texas A&M’s Mitchell Tennis Center. Casey, a junior, won back-to-back 2A girls doubles state titles in 2011 and 2012 with her sister Kayla Casey.
It was only Brunson’s second loss of the season.
In her two years at Florence, Brunson has maintained a level of success only met by her sister, Ashee, who also won a gold (in doubles along with Kasey Button) and a bronze (singles) at the state tournament. For that staying power, Brunson repeated, instead, as the Daily Herald’s Girls Tennis MVP.
Disappointed or not by her early ouster at state, the future is bright for Brunson, who already has one gold medal to her credit to go with the bronze she won this season. Brunson more than likely also gained a second rival to go along with Jaycie Talbot of Rogers, who she was 6-1 against this year.
Now, the two-time MVP and state medalist has a new goal — taking back what was once hers.
Boys MVP — Jacob Daugherty, Belton
Jacob Daugherty was worn out.
The Belton junior posted a three-hour, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-5 win over Fort Bend Dulles’ Jeffrey Chen in a quarterfinal match at the UIL 5A State Tennis Tournament on April 29. After the long match and some weather delays, Daugherty’s first visit to the state tournament came to an end with a 6-4, 7-5 semifinal loss to Round Rock Westwood’s Miguel Alda at the University of Texas’ Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
Regardless of the loss, the performance set a new area standard for boys tennis, and for that Daugherty is the Daily Herald’s Boys Tennis MVP.
Heading into his senior year, things are just getting going for Daugherty, who has made regionals all three of his years at Belton. At the Region I-5A Tournament, he dominated with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Sebastian Langdon of Flower Mound Marcus in the boys singles final. He won the District 8-5A title while hardly breaking a sweat.
Still, he has one more task to accomplish — winning state.
Tara Donaho, Belton
Eunji Cho and Allison Sprotsy, Copperas Cove
Bobby Brooks, Belton
Brad Krumnow and Holden Radle, Gatesville
Ryan Jones and Jessie Hagen, Belton
Girls Singles — Michaela Ellison, Lampasas. Girls Doubles — Rebecca Horton and Mackenzie Payne, Florence; Sami McKenzie and Tara Pergande, Lampasas. Boys Doubles — Lance Cofield and Marcus Morua, Lampasas; Matthew Mellette and Shane Schober, Florence.