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Florence’s Brunson headed back to state

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Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 4:30 am

April in Florence means one thing for Lady Buffs tennis player Tristen Brunson: A trip to state.

The junior will be making her third consecutive trip to the Class 2A State Tournament after winning the Region II-2A girls singles championship Friday.

“She started the year out expecting to go to state,” Florence tennis coach Drake Stanczak said.

Brunson avenged a loss in the District 16-2A tennis meet to Rogers senior Jaycie Talbot with a 6-0, 6-1 straight sets win in the regional final.

The finals match between the district rivals was supposed to be played Thursday but was rained out.

“She had everything working today,” Stanczak said.

“She played a quality opponent. Talbot was a state finalist last year — Tristen was just dominant.”

Brunson won all four of her regional tournament matches in straight sets and only lost a total of four games during the tournament.

Brunson won the Class 2A singles state title as a freshman in 2012 and made the state semifinals last season.

Brunson and Talbot met for the second consecutive year in the regional tournament. Last season Brunson beat Talbot, but Talbot qualified for the state tournament and was the Class 2A runner-up.

The Class 2A state quarterfinals begin at 8 a.m. April 28 at the Mitchell Tennis Center and Omar Smith Instructional Tennis Courts in College Station. The semifinals begin at 2 p.m. and the state final takes place at 9 a.m. April 29.

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