For Dominican’s Haley Tucker, persistence finally paid off in the Division I state tennis tournament.
Tucker, a junior, defeated freshman teammate Gabby Terranova, 6-1, 6-0 Friday in Monroe for the girls singles title after losing in the championship match last year and as an eighth-grader in 2011.
The all-Dominican title match only emphasized the school’s dominance in the tournament over runner-up C.E. Byrd and the rest of the field.
Dominican also won the doubles title when Morgan Forshag and Lilly Labiche beat Abby Inabnet and Avery Bryan of Byrd, 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.
There was a new champion in the boys singles as well. Sophomore Cody Orgeron of Mandeville downed Jordan Lacoste of Jesuit, 6-0, 6-1, in the title match, completing a four-match sweep of the tournament in which he lost only five games.
Orgeron’s victory did not keep Jesuit from claiming 19th boys team title in the last 20 years, the first under new coach Travis Smith. Mandeville was the runner-up.
Along with Lacoste reaching the singles final, it was an all-Jesuit doubles final with Brandon Beck and Gregory Suhor downing Jacob Niehaus and Jonathan Niehaus for the title.
In the lower divisions, Princeton Carter of Newman won the Division IV boys singles title, defeating Zachary Fremini of Ascension Episcopal, 6-2, 6-2 in the final. That helped the Greenies take second place in the team standings behind Country Day.
Lacee Ancar of John Curtis reached the Division III girls final where she lost to Heather Mixon of Catholic-New Iberia.
Other team winners were Vandebilt Catholic in Division II boys, St. Thomas More in Division II girls and Parkway Baptist in Division III boys.
Catholic-New Iberia won the Division III girls and Ascension Episcopal the Division IV girls.