Country Day senior tennis players Chase Carpenter and Christian Wolf were on one side of the net.
Country Day sophomores Andre Nguyen & Charlie Livaudais were on the other.
For Cajuns tennis coach George Demmas, this was about as good as it gets.
“That’s a win-win situation for me,” said Demmas, in his fifth season. “It was an all Country Day final. That’s when I just sit in the stands and smile and don’t even coach.”
The senior duo of Carpenter and Wolf topped the sophomores 7-5, 6-0 on Friday in Monroe. But it really didn’t matter who won. Either way, Country Day was going to return to the top in tennis as it captured the Division IV boys state title.It was the third straight year Carpenter and Wolf won the doubles title. It was the fourth title for Wolf, who won it as a freshman when he partnered with Chase’s older brother, Cook Carpenter.
“It felt great,” said Wolf. “It was a great accomplishment. Chase and I worked really hard all year long. It eased the stress a little bit (playing someone from our school) because we knew we had already won (the team competition).
“We didn’t have to stress out or battle as hard. It was a fun match.”
Wolf plans to attend LSU next year, while Carpenter will go to school at Suwanee.
Demmas admits winning the title this year was a bit tougher than in year’s past.
“It was extra special because there were five divisions last year,” Demmas said. “With it being four divisions, more teams came in, and the competition was that much harder and tougher.
“I came in feeling pretty good. Our top-seeded guys (Carpenter and Wolf) came in and did well like we expected. I was hoping our second guys (Nguyen and Livaudais) would just come in and get some points.
“But they went out and beat the team that beat them last year and got to the finals, so I was really pleased. I can’t say enough about how well they played.”
The other local winner in Division IV was Princeton Carter of Newman, who claimed the boys singles title with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
Demmas expects the future to remain bright for Country Day. Carpenter and Wolf are the only seniors on the team.
“We have some young players that are very strong,” Demmas said.
“I think the men and women’s team will be very strong.”