8 make it to state tennis tournament _lowres

Photo provided by Kristy Englade -- Gathering are members of the St. Amant High School tennis team who qualified to compete in the state tournament, first row from left, Victoria Buquet and Kelly Young and second row,Emma Frederic, Rebecca Boone, Kaitlin Rawls, Brooke Broussard, Angelle Naquin andCarlie Melancon. Also qualifying was Luke Savoie.

St. Amant High School’s tennis program ended the season with eight members of the girls team making it to the state tennis tournament held April 28 to May 1 at Heard Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The school’s girls doubles team pushed the team forward by winning the regional championship title. The win in regional and qualifying nine players was a history-making performance for the team, said Kristy Melancon Englade, fourth-year tennis coach.

Boys player Luke Savoie also qualified for the state tournament.

In the state tournament, Carlie Melancon won her first-round match against Byrd and lost in the second round.

Kelly Young and Victoria Buquet, regional champs in girls doubles and seeded fourth in the state tournament, lost to Mount Carmel in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6.

Brooke Broussard and Angelle Naquin won their first match at state against Zachary and lost a close second-round match to Fontainebleau.

Also qualifying for the state tournament were Rebecca Boone, Kaitlin Rawls, Emma Frederic and Luke Savoie.