MONROE — Jesuit and Dominican were repeat team champions, and New Orleans schools took three of four individual titles Friday in the Division I and II state tennis tournaments.
Jesuit won its eighth straight Division I boys title and 18th in the past 19 seasons. Jesuit had 16 points and second-place Catholic 11. Mandeville (4) was fourth.
Dominican won its second straight Division I girls title with 17 points and third title in the past four years. Mt. Carmel (14) finished second and St. Joseph’s Academy (7) third.
Mt. Carmel’s Taylor Garcia won the Division I girls singles titles. Jesuit and Dominican took home doubles titles.
Garcia, a freshman, defeated 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 final. Tucker stopped St. Joseph’s Hanna Dileo in the semifinals.
Jesuit’s Jonathan Niehaus and Jacob Niehaus defeated their teammates, Trey Hamlin and Brandon Beck, 6-2, 6-3 in the doubles finals. The Niehaus twins defeated Jesuit’s Jack Steib and Patrick Torsch 6-1, 6-1 and Hamlin and Beck downed Catholic’s Stephen Bienvenu and William Aguillard 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 in the semifinals.
Dominican’s Morgan Forshag and Lilly Labiche defeated Mt. Carmel’s Alex Lifsey and Nikki Neubeck 6-2, 6-1 in the Division I girls doubles final. Dominican also had semifinal doubles teams of Tori Sutherland and Jillian Sandoz, and Madison Artigues and Gabby Terranova. Lifsey and Neubeck defeated Artigues and Terranova 6-2, 7-4 in the semis.
“All the girls contributed, and it feels great to win state again,” Dominican co-coach Peggy Miner said. “Our doubles team was amazing. Morgan and Lilly both have great nets games and they complement each other. They repeated as doubles champions.”
Catholic High freshman Nick Watson won the Division I boys singles title, defeating Mandeville’s Ben Guilbeau 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals and Fontainebleau’s Chase Lemaire 6-2, 6-1 in the final. Lemaire topped Catholic’s Andrew Bienvenue 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals.
Jesuit coach Travis Smith said advancing three doubles teams to the semifinals was a key factor in the title.
“In previous years, we’ve had more success in singles,” said Smith, whose team had two quarterfinal singles players. “Our doubles teams really came together. For Jack Steib and Patrick Torsch to advance as an unseeded team was key.
“The Niehaus brothers were undefeated the whole year. We concentrate on strong serves on offense and the return of serve on defense with our doubles teams.”
Mt. Carmel coach Coleen Clark said Garcia, who finished undefeated, is an emerging star.
“I’m really proud of the girls,” Clark said. “This is our third runner-up finish in four years. We really competed.”
St. Michael and Vandebilt Catholic tied for the Division II boys team title.
VCHS won the boys doubles title. St. Michael’s Cameron Andry won his fourth straight singles title and finished his prep career with a 66-0 record.
St. Michael (13) won the Division II girls title. St. Thomas More (9) was second and St. Scholastica (5) fourth.