Parkview Baptist’s Chris Anders will have some local competition for the Division III boys singles state tennis title.
Anders, the top seed and defending state champion, had a first-round bye and defeated Berwick’s Nate Furlette 6-0, 6-0 to advance to Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Also advancing to the boys quarterfinals were University’s Nelson Stafford and Episcopal eighth-grader Edward Staib.
After a three-hour rain delay, the Division III and IV tennis meets completed two rounds of play Monday. Quarterfinals begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Semifinals and finals are to follow.
Stafford defeated Catholic High of New Iberia’s Ethan Poche 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and stopped Trevor Beard of Jennings in the second round.
Staib defeated Notre Dame’s Ben Zaunbrecher 6-1, 6-1, and University’s Carter Crutti 6-1, 6-1.
University is among the Division III team leaders with six points in boys and girls action. Every University competitor advanced to the second round.
“I’m really pleased with our first day,” University assistant coach Patsy Scates said. “The kids rose to the occasion. We have a lot of seniors, and they’ve all worked hard this year. The wind was horrible early in the day. We stayed focused.”
Doubles teams advancing for the Cubs were Martin Padial and Agnish Mukherjee (boys), and Elizabeth Armstrong and Billie Rodman, and Julia Leonard and Cary Wahlborg (girls).
University’s Maggie Dabadie defeated Rayville’s Katelyn Head 6-0, 6-0 and Sacred Heart’s Asia Jackson 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the girls singles quarterfinals. Episcopal’s Erin Tsai defeated Bethany Watkins of Jennings 6-0, 6-1 and Ursuline’s Brittany Nguyen 6-1, 6-2.
Episcopal’s Sam Rotenberg and Ben Leclere won their two doubles matches by scores of 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, and 6-3, 6-2.
Parkview’s boys doubles team of Eric Hartenstein and Cole Wilson won their two matches in convincing fashion, 6-0, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1. Parkview’s Nick Dauzet and Hayden Black advanced to the second round.
Newman is tied for the Division IV girls team lead with six points. The Newman boys, the 2014 state runner-ups, also have six points but failed to advance a doubles team.