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Spring Fling update: Brighton tennis duo makes first trip to state

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Brighton freshman Blake Armour winds up a forehand during state tourney action Thursday morning in Murfreesboro. Photo by Jeff Ireland

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Brighton High's Blake Armour and Nathan Yoder certainly turned some heads by advancing to the Class AAA state doubles tournament this week.

Yoder, a junior, and Armour, a sophomore, defeated a more experienced Bolton squad last week to make their first appearance at state in Murfreesboro.

On Thursday morning at Old Fort Park, the duo ran into a strong doubles from team from Siegel and lost 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

"I was more excited than I was nervous, even though it was our first time being here," said Yoder.

The duo began playing together midway through the season and it was evident pretty quickly they worked well together.

"I said to myself, 'I found myself a doubles partner,'" Armour said. "Everything started clicking. We worked hard to get here. We didn't think we were even going to get this far. It was something."

Brighton tennis coach Kim Greer believes the future is bright for Amour and Yoder.

"I could see there was synergy there," Greer said. "In my heart I though they had a chance to get here. I think they both have a great opportunity to get back here next year too."


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