MONROE — Parkview Baptist senior Chris Anders won his second straight Division III boys singles title in the LHSAA State Tennis Meet on Tuesday to help the Eagles to the Division III state title.
University scored 10 points to win the Division III girls title. It was the sixth title in eight years for the Cubs. Catholic of New Iberia was second with nine points.
Anders rallied from a 2-5 deficit in the third set to defeat Lusher’s Zachary Smith 6-2, 6-7, 7-6 (7-2) in the final. It was the third state singles title in four years for Anders.
Parkview won its second straight boys title with 10 points. Evangel was second with eight points. University tied for third with Lusher and St. Louis.
Newman won the Division IV boys title. Dunham, led by its state championship boys doubles team of brothers Dylan and Justin Goings, finished second. It was Dunham’s highest finish ever at state.
The top-seeded Goings brothers rolled to 6-3, 6-3 and 7-6, 6-2 victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals. The duo defeated Episcopal of Acadiana’s Golan and Holland 6-3, 5-7 and 6-4 in the final.
“I’m so proud of my team,” Dunham coach Chad Myers said. “Dylan has strong net play. Justin plays with a lot of emotion and is strong at ground strokes.”
Anders defeated Lusher’s Justin Bresler 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals and E.D. White’s Joshua Sundaram 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals. Anders battled leg cramps and some adversity in the final.
“When I was down, I just played harder and told myself I can’t lose,” Anders said. “I fought to the end.”
Parkview’s doubles team of Erik Hartenstein and Cole Wilson advanced to the final before losing 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 to Evangel’s Deutch and Sikorsa, the top seeds.
“That was a great match in the boys doubles finals,” Parkview coach Ray Anders said. “Chris played well in singles. Everything came together.”
University’s boys doubles team of Martin Padial and Agnish Mukherjee advanced to the Division III semifinals.
University’s girls doubles team of Billie Rodman and Elizabeth Armstrong advanced to the final, where they lost 6-1, 6-3 to Hotard and Jenkins of Academy of Sacred Heart. University’s Julia Leonard and Cary Wahlborg also advanced to the semifinals.
“It was a total team effort,” University assistant coach Patsy Scates said. “Our girls and boys really stepped up.”
There were two repeat singles champions: Newman’s Princeton Carter in Division IV boys and Catholic High of New Iberia’s Heather Mixon in Division III girls.
Mixon defeated Sacred Heart’s Ashton Rabalais 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals, Loyola’s AK Harvey 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals and Iota’s Brittany Johnson 6-2, 6-0 in the final.
“Heather is very hard worker and very consistent player,” CHSNI coach Vivian Brown said. “She’s always ready to play. She moves well. She hits the ball hard and makes very few errors. She’s improved her speed in the last year.”
Compiled by Chris Chapple