Seniors doubles partners working to gel together

Published 9:02 pm Wednesday, March 1, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Enterprise seniors Evan Brumfield and Zachery Thompson walked off the court after a 1-6, 2-6 loss in tennis to Pisgah Wednesday afternoon. They were in good spirits and were looking ahead to the next match. 

It was a bright and sunny day at Brookhaven Country Club as Brumfield and Thompson played to long deuces on each point but came up short. A crosswind remained consistent but did not hinder their play. 

“This is the first loss we have had this season,” Brumfield said. 

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It was only the second match but helpful as they prepare for district play after Spring Break in a couple of weeks. Loyd Star, West Lincoln and Bogue Chitto are in their district and playing Pisgah helps. 

It was also the second match Brumfield and Thompson have played together as doubles partners. Brumfield has played tennis since seventh grade and Thompson is in his second season of tennis. 

“My sister played here since she was in seventh grade and I picked up on it a few years ago,” Thompson said. “It is a fun sport. I love it. Communication would help (Brumfield) and I out the most this year. We want to make it to state either as a team or just us.” 

Brumfield’s brother played tennis and got him to come to practice. He enjoyed the game so much he quit everything to play tennis. 

“It is just really fun. This is my first year being partners with (Thompson) but we are doing good so far,” he said. “We have known each other for a while and we just have to figure it out on the court. Last year, I was playing with a lot of different people.” 

He said his strength is serving and playing backline while Thompson’s strength is at the net. Thompson said they just have to learn about each other to play well as partners.  

Last year, they came up short of making state as did the team. They played everyday they could during the summer but had jobs to take care of. “We just have to keep practicing and learning more while we are playing on the court,” Thompson said. 

Thompson said he plans to go to nursing school and become a nurse because “I have a passion to help people,” he said. Tennis has taught him about the importance of communication and how to work well with others. 

Brumfield said he has hopes of playing tennis at Co-Lin and would like to pursue a career in trades or business.

“I feel a little bit glad that I’m getting out of high school and at the same time wish I could stay,” Brumfield said. “In college, it will be a toss up between business or trades. I am thinking of either carpentry or electrical. I love all of the trades already. My summer is spent building houses with my cousins.”