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Next in Line: Cardinal Tennis duo caps off successful season at State

By Thomas Sellers Jr.
MURFREESBORO — Kim Greer’s Brighton Cardinal Tennis program is building a solid tradition year by year.
Graduating one of the school’s best performers in Blake Armour in 2017, some wonder how could Greer replace the four-year State representative. That answer came last Thursday in Murfreesboro when the duo of Austin Russell and Dakota Strickland took to the Adams Tennis Complex court for the 2018 TSSAA Large Class State Boys’ Double Tennis Tournament.
Russell and Dakota took on the doubles team of Tanner Martin and Mark Gresham from Houston High School in the Quarterfinals. Greer said his pair entered the match up with a solid chance.
“These two have known each other since childhood,” he noted. “They’ve played together for a long time. They play night and day. They’re best friends. They hunt and fish together. They do everything together.
“As individuals they’re good but I think together they have centergy,” Greer continued. “They’re really good. They’ve only been beaten once this year.”
Greer said the chemistry of Russell and Strickland is hard to beat once the duo is locked in.
“If they stay focused, this is their first trip here,” he said. “If they can keep their nerves under control they’ll be fine. We played St. George’s a very good team in Jackson. And we beat them. They have a good shot here today.
“I would like to see them advance a far as they can and prove that they belong,” Greer concluded. “They do belong on the same court as these kids.”
Martin and Gresham advanced over the Brighton duo 6-1 and 6-2. The Houston pair was defeated in the next round by the eventual State champions James Eaves and Grayson Marlow of Bearden.

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