Possibilities that include a forecast for rain abound as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Tennis tournament is set to begin Monday in Monroe.
Schools from Division I and Division II are schedules to begin their day portion of the event with matches set for two sites starting at 9 a.m.
Division I play is set for Bayou DeSiard Country Club, while teams in Division II are scheduled to play the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Competition for schools in Divisions III-IV is scheduled to start Wednesday and conclude Thursday.
Rounds one through three in singles and doubles are scheduled for Monday with the semifinals and finals to follow on Tuesday.
St. Michael the Archangel won the Division II boys title a year ago. The Warriors’ Cameron Andry is the defending state champion and is the No. 1 seed. Jeremy Braud is seeded fifth.
James Ensminger and Matthew Miller are seeded eighth in doubles. Shelby Broussard, who is seeded fifth in singles, leads the SMHS girls squad.
“It will be considerably tougher for us this year because we graduated five seniors,” St. Michael coach Johnny Little said. “But I like where we’re seeded and the chances we have. Last year, the boys won, the girls were third, and it would be great if we could repeat those finishes.”
Catholic and St. Joseph’s Academy help lead the local Division I competition. Catholic’s Peyton Stuart is seeded eighth in boys singles. The Bears’ Michael Paul Bienvenu and Matt Greene are seeded third in doubles.
“Jesuit is very strong and you’ve got some good teams from the north, like Byrd,” Catholic coach Kyle Jackson said. “With that said, I really like our team and I’m excited to see how we do.”
St. Joseph’s finished in a three-way tie with St. Thomas More and St. Scholastica at its regional tourney last week. The Redstickers’ Mackenzie Noonan is seeded second in singles, while the duo of Allie Smith and Marissa Noonan got the No. 3 doubles seed.
“We’re strong, but Dominican has two singles players in and they’re solid in doubles,” SJA coach Gayle Kirwan said. “We’re going to have to see what happens.”