MONROE — Led by state singles champion Princeton Carter, the Newman boys won the Division IV state tennis title Tuesday.
Carter repeated as singles champion by defeating Ascension Episcopal’s William Rath 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, Westminster’s Michael Burleigh 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals and Archbishop Hannan’s Hayden Loeb 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in the final.
Newman won the boys team title with 11 points. Dunham was second and Country Day was third. Both Dunham and Country Day had eight points, but Dunham finished second because its doubles team won the title.
The Newman girls scored eight points and finished tied for second with Ascension Episcopal. St. Frederick won the Division IV girls title with 11 points.
“Princeton Carter is a stud player,” Newman coach Carla Blais said. “He just took bull by horns and was aggressive. He has great versatility and the ability to adjust. Very few people have poise like he does.”
Newman’s girls doubles team of Lindsey Paige and Cassidy Link defeated Cedar Creek’s Mills and Wood 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals and lost to eventual state champion Hilburn and Ryan of St. Frederick in the semifinals.
Newman eighth-grader Kennedi Carter advanced to the semifinals for the second straight year after a 6-0, 6-1 quarterfinal win over Ascension Episcopal’s Blair Boatright. St. Edmund’s Alyse Cormier won that semifinal match 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 and went on to win the singles title over Calvary Baptist’s Rebecca Grace Kimball.
Blais said senior boys captains Grayson Wormser and William Whann were “incredible captains.
“We really were a team. We set a goal from Day 1. Everybody contributed to this.”
Country Day’s Chloe Carpenter and Chandler Nguyen dropped their quarterfinal doubles match to Ascension Christian’s Doucet and Burgess.
Country Day’s boys doubles team of Robert Livaudais and Morgan Farrell won their quarterfinal match over Maggio and Vienne of St. Marys 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3). They lost in the semifinals to the eventual champions from Dunham.
“I’m so proud of my team,” said Country Day coach George Demmas, who led his boys team to the state title last year. “We only brought nine players this year. These guys fought. We’ve won eight titles in the last six years either individual and team.”
Parkview Baptist won the Division III boys title with 10 points.