St. Michael the Archangel and Vandebilt Catholic repeated as Division II state tennis girls and boys champions, respectively, Tuesday in Monroe.
Jesuit won its ninth straight Division I boys team title with 12.5 points to edge Catholic High by a single point. Catholic was runner-up for the second straight season.
Dominican scored 16 points to win its third straight Division I girls title and fourth in five seasons. St. Joseph’s Academy was second with nine points and Baton Rouge High was third with eight points.
Catholic sophomore Nick Watson repeated as the Division I boys singles champion. Watson defeated Zachary’s Jot Sandhu 6-2, 6-1 in the final. Watson is undefeated in high school career, including 15-0 this season.
“Nick Watson is a smart player and he can change his game to fit his opponent,” Catholic coach Kyle Jackson said. “He lost just four games this entire tournament. He improved his focus this season.”
Watson is the second CHS player to win two straight state singles title. Cody Loup is the other.
Catholic juniors William Aguillard and Stephen Bienvenu advanced to the doubles semifinals where they lost 6-4, 6-2 to St. Paul’s Kent and Kurt Shiell, the eventual champions.
“The guys gave it everything they had,” Jackson said. “I couldn’t have asked for more. It was a good way to send our seniors out and build for next year.”
St. Michael won the girls title with 15 points. Teurlings Catholic was second with eight.
St. Michael sophomore Whitney Hamilton defeated Haughton’s Ciera White 6-3, 6-1 to win the girls singles title. Hamilton was the state runnerup last season and finished 18-0 this year.
“Whitney is a warrior on the tennis court,” St. Michael coach John Little said. “She fights for every point. The first set in the finals was tied at 3-3. Whitney won the next eight games to take control.”
St. Michael senior Laken Marionneaux and freshman Kathryn Ensminger defeated Broussard and Segura of Teurlings Catholic 6-0, 6-1 to win the girls doubles title. Marionneaux won the doubles title in 2015 with Shelby Broussard. Marionneaux and Ensminger were 19-1 on the season.
“I’m so proud of a freshman and senior meshing like they did,” Little said.
Vandebilt Catholic won the Division II title with 19 points. VCHS had two teams in the boys doubles finals with Melancon and Fournier winnings. Mitchell Thomas also won the boys singles title for VCHS.
St. Michael’s boys finished second with 10 points.
Dominican’s Morgan Forshag won the Division I singles title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over defending champion Taylor Garcia of Mount Carmel. Forshag was the No. 5 seed after losing to Garcia in regionals. Forshag, a junior, was part of state doubles title teams the last two seasons but switched to singles this year.
“Morgan played incredible,” Dominican coach Peggy Minor said. “She took control from the beginning of the match and stayed focused.”
Dominican’s Lilly LaBiche and Gabby Terranova defeated Baton Rouge Magnet’s Malini Bueche and Kelli Hu 6-4, 6-0 in the girls doubles final.
Jesuit had three doubles teams in the quarterfinals.
St. Paul’s Shiell brothers defeated Jesuit’s Brandon Beck and Trey Hamlin 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in the boys doubles final. Jesuit’s Graham Buck advanced to the singles quarterfinals.
“Since we didn’t have an individual champion, it really was a team effort,” Jesuit coach Travis Smith said. “We really stress the importance of playing for each other — and these guys did that.”