Brighton High Tennis dominant

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The Brighton High boy's tennis team is riding high after a fourth straight state title.

Brighton High tennis coach Natalie Aposian said, "At the banquet I told them I'm calling them the dream team. They're always the team I've wanted to see come together."

Not only did they come together, the Bengals dominated at the tournament. Sweeping every match for the second time in school history. The first time a 5A team has ever done that.

Aposian wasn't surprised. "We knew we had the potential to do it... You could tell by the look on their faces there was no way they were going to lose that day," she said.

Losing is something Brighton star Spencer Smith made sure would not happen. The senior has signed on to play for BYU next season.

Smith said, "It was really good we all worked hard and our goal was to have everyone win state so we did it and we were really happy with it".

Not only was Smith key to Brighton's four straight state titles, he himself never lost a single match his entire high school career. All, at the number one single's position. When asked if he planned to do that, Smith replied, "Yeah, it was it was a big goal for me, for four years. After I won freshman year I thought I could do it."

Not only did Spencer go undefeated four consecutive seasons, he lost just three sets. But once he won his fourth straight title, he was glad it was over. "It was a relief and alot of stress taken off me and I was really happy." said Smith.

Speaking of stress. His mother says she was a nervous wreck watching Spencer's final match at Liberty Park.

"It was awful. At state I couldn't watch. It was a lot of stress. He has a big bulls eye on his chest. It was hard. He was nervous, but he worked his way through it and I knew he could." said mother Janice.

Aposian speaks very highly of her star, "He is a true gentleman and he's very cool on the court, you can't tell whether he's losing or winning. He constantly has this focus. He's a very good strategist and has great movement on the court."

Smith has been ranked number one in the state since he was 12 years old. Now, this 18 year old looks forward to moving onto the next level and helping the Cougars.

"I want to make the NCAA'S in college and see how we do there. That's just first on my list now," Smith said.

With the way he played in high school, Spencer Smith may have a very long list of accomplishments before his career is over.

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