MONROE — Catholic High freshman Nick Watson joined decorated St. Michael the Archangel senior Cameron Andry as boys singles champions Friday at the LHSAA State Tennis Meet.
Watson won the Division I boys title, defeating Mandeville’s Ben Guilbeau 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals and Fontainebleau’s Chase Lemaire 6-2, 6-1 in the finals. Lemaire topped Catholic’s Andrew Bienvenue 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals.
Andry won his fourth straight Division II boys singles title and had an undefeated 66-0 prep record. Andry defeated senior teammate Jeremy Braud 6-2, 7-5 in the final. Andry topped Neville’s Matt Yanuck 6-0, 6-1 and Braud stopped Bryce Montalbano of Holy Cross 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals.
St. Michael won the Division II girls title with 13 points. It was the first girls tennis title in school history. St. Thomas More (9) was second and Neville (9) third.
St. Michael’s Laken Mariouneaux and Shelby Broussard won the girls doubles title, beating St. Michael’s Caroline Pike and Megan Broussard 6-2, 6-2 in the finals. Pike and Broussard knocked off second-seeded Coon and Fediora of Neville 6-0, 6-1 in the semis.
St. Michael’s boys team won its third state title in four years. St. Michael and Vandebilt Catholic were co-champions with 11 points. VCHS had two doubles teams in the finals with Melancon and Doyle winning.
Jesuit won the Division I boys title with 16 points. It was the eighth straight title for the Blue Jays. Catholic was second with 11. Jesuit had three doubles teams in the semifinals with Jonathan Niehaus and Jacob Niehaus winning the title. Jesuit’s Trey Hamblin and Brandon Beck defeated Catholic’s Stephen Bienvenu and William Aguillard 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 in the semifinals.
“Jesuit showed up ready to play,” CHS coach Kyle Jackson said. “We improved on our third place finish last year. I’m definitely proud of the guys. Nick Watson is the first CHS freshman to win state in singles since Cody Loup in 2006. He played well.”
Mt. Carmel freshman Taylor Garcia won the Division I girls singles title, defeating Zachary’s Yasmine Taylor 6-0, 6-0 in the semis and defending champion Haley Tucker of Dominican 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in the finals. Tucker stopped St. Joseph’s Hanna Dileo in the semifinals.
Dominican (17) won the Division I girls title, Mt. Carmel (14) was second, St. Joseph’s (7) third, and Zachary (4) and Pineville tied for fourth.
“There was red everywhere; it was an awesome day for St. Michael,” St. Michael tennis coach Johnny Little said. “The girls played amazing. The boys singles final was fun to watch and both of my guys played well.”
Braud held a 5-4 lead in the second set with Andry in the finals. Andry won the next three games against his hitting partner.
“It means a lot to me to finish my high school career as champion and for the team winning,” Andry said. “We’ve all worked hard every day. We really came together as a team.”
St. Thomas More’s Carla Ortega won the Division II girls singles title, defeating St. Michael freshman Whitney Hamilton 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the finals.