Van Buren Tennis Star Preps For Collegiate Level

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VAN BUREN (KFSM)-Braydon Montgomery is not your usual soon-to be collegiate tennis player, he didn't pick up a racquet until the age of 12, but after that he never wanted to put it down.

"I fell in love with the sport quickly," said Montgomery. "I think and that helped me like I wanted to play all of the time so that helped me drive to get better."

Van Buren tennis coach Brandy Mosby saw the determination to succeed in Braydon at a young age, when he started to pick up the sport to pass time.

"I mean he was out here all the time," said Mosby. "You couldn't get him off the court, and as a coach that's awesome to drive by and see you know that he's on the court all the time."

Montgomery's determination has paid off.  While at Van Buren he compiled an impressive 58-14 singles career record and with help from his high school coach, Ouachita men's tennis coach Craig Ward came to see Brandon play, and he liked what he saw.

Ward saw potential in the young tennis star and wanted him to join the team. As for what Montgomery plans to bring to the court, he hopes his strong serve and  team-work will help continue Tigers’ success.

"I think I'm a great team player," said Montgomery. "I love the team aspect of sports, I love having a team and cheering on my team. I just want to go down there and I know they'll make me better and I'll try to make my team better."