The Florence tennis team did well in the doubles competition Thursday at the Salado Tournament. 

Eight different players on four different doubles teams finished in the top three at the tournament.

“Most of these kids were on varsity last year and they’ve had success in the past and they expect to win,” Florence head tennis coach Drake Stanczak said. “They don’t get down when things get bad and they battle through them. It’s just a mark of having experience and having success before.”

Tristen Brunson and Rosie Ramirez finished first in girls doubles, Garrett Gray and Kyle Honnerlaw were the top team in boys doubles while Reid Shillingburg and Jenny Roche took the top prize in mixed doubles.

Brunson, the 2012 Class 2A state girls single champion and 2013 runner-up, teamed with Ramirez, a first-year varsity player.

The Salado Tournament didn’t have a girls singles division so that opened Brunson up to play in the girls doubles.

“We were very happy the way she competed (Ramirez), and Tristen did what we expected her to do,” Stanczak said.

The boys doubles team of Garret Pluhar and Tanner Watson came in third in the boys doubles competition.

Stanczak said that the depth of the Buffalo boys doubles teams could give Florence multiple regional qualifiers this year.

“We feel like on any day, either one of those doubles teams can win a tournament,” Stanczak said. “Right now Garrett and Kyle are more consistent, but Pluhar and Watson have a lot of potential also. We have four guys that we think can get doubles teams out of district.”

The girls doubles team of Mackenzie Payne and Berenice Ramirez won the consolation bracket championship.

The Florence tennis team heads to the Granger Tournament on Thursday.

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