While some of the hottest weather of the year played a part in the action on the court, the results were still the same as the past at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A Region III tennis tournament, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jesuit earned the boys title, and Dominican won the girls title at the City Park Tennis Courts. It is the sixth straight championship for Jesuit, while Dominican won its second straight outright title after sharing the title in 2012. The region consists of teams from the Bayou region and the South-shore Metro New Orleans area.
Brother Martin was second place on the boys side, while Mount Carmel took second for the girls.
Top-seeded Jordan Lacoste of Jesuit won his first regional singles title by holding off teammate Alex DePascual. The second-seeded DePascual won the first set, 6-2, but then dropped the second set 6-3 before being forced to withdraw because of heat-related illness. Lacoste had topped No. 3 seed Zach Brubaker of Brother Martin 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals, while DePascual upended Terrebonne’s Sean Stewart, the No. 4 seed, 6-0, 6-2, in his semifinal.
In girls singles, Dominican’s Haley Tucker, the top seed, won her second straight regional title by defeating teammate and No. 2 seed Gabby Terranova, 6-1, 7-5.
The boys and girls doubles title matches also featured teammates battling. For the boys, it was the second-seeded brother tandem of Jacob and Jonathan Niehaus defeating top-seeded Blue Jays teammates Gregory Suhor and Brandon Beck 7-6, 7-5. The girls doubles championship was captured by the top-seeded duo of Dominican’s Lilly LaBiche and Morgan Forshag, who defeated teammates Rachel Beck and Madison Artigues 6-4, 6-2. Beck and Artigues, the second seeds, were the defending doubles champions.