MONROE — St. Michael the Archangel’s Cameron Andry advanced to the Division II state tennis tournament boys singles semifinals Thursday. Two more wins and he’ll take home his fourth straight state title and complete an undefeated prep career.
Andry will battle Neville’s Matt Yanuck at 8 a.m. Friday, and St. Michael’s Jeremy Braud will battle Vandebilt’s Catholic’s Mitchell Thomas in the other semifinal. Finals are set for noon.
Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy are also in contention in Division I.
The St. Michael boys are tied with Vandebilt Catholic for the Division II team lead with eight points. St. Michael, the 2012 and 2013 state champion, has two singles players, while VCHS, the 2014 champion, has two doubles teams.
“It’ll come down to which teams can pull out matches (Friday),” St. Michael coach Johnny Little said. “We have a good rivalry with Vandebilt. Cameron Andry is playing great, and Jeremy Braud got revenge from last year by beating No. 2 seed Mitchell Thomas of Vandebilt in the quarterfinals.”
Andry beat his three foes by a combined 36-1. St. Michael also picked up a point each from its doubles teams of James Ensminger and Matthew Miller, and Jack Cane and Colin Shortess.
The St. Michael girls and Neville are tied for the Division II girls lead with nine points each.
St. Michael’s top-seeded doubles team of Laken Mariouneaux and Shelby Broussard as well as Caroline Pike and Megan Broussard advanced to the semifinals. Freshman Whitney Hamilton knocked off second-seeded Caroline Gonzales of Assumption 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
In Division I girls singles semifinals, Mount Carmel’s Taylor Garcia will face Zachary’s Yasmine Taylor, and Dominican’s Haley Tucker will battle St. Joseph’s Hanna Dileo. Garcia is the top seed. Dileo knocked off second-seeded Elizabeth Crain of Mandeville in the quarterfinals.
SJA also advanced two doubles teams to the quarterfinals.
Jesuit, Catholic High and Byrd are battling for the Division I boys title. Jesuit has won the last seven state titles and 17 of the last 18. Catholic’s last state title in tennis was 1996.
Jesuit had three boys doubles teams advance to the semifinals. The Blue Jays have 13 points and Catholic nine.
The Bears have three entries in the semifinals. Catholic’s Andrew Bienvenue and Nick Watson advanced in singles, and Stephen Bienvenu and William Aguillard advanced in doubles.
Watson was the second-seeded singles player and Andrew Bienvenu knocked off top-seeded Gregory Suhort of Jesuit 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) in the quarterfinals.
“Everybody was pumped about Andrew’s singles match,” Catholic coach Kyle Jackson said. “We’re happy with our results today.”
Jesuit had two boys doubles teams advance to the semifinals, with a third playing in the quarterfinals at press time.