St. Michael, Jesuit dominate boys state tennis

MONROE — Jesuit and St. Michael turned in dominating performances on the way to winning the Division I and II titles as the LHSAA Tennis State Championships finished Saturday.

St. Michael finished with 17 points to easily outdistance runner-up Holy Cross (eight points). The Warriors won the doubles and singles titles.

Meanwhile, Jesuit rolled up 20 points, winning singles and finishing second in doubles.

Division I boys

Jesuit won for the sixth straight season. Runner-up Byrd had 13 points.

Jesuit’s Hobie Hotard captured his fourth straight singles title with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Byrd’s Austin Copete. In the boys doubles, Mandeville’s Cody Orgeron and Silvio Cocito-Monco defeated defeated Jesuit’s Trevor Lew and James Sampognaro 6-0, 6-3.

“It went well because we played smart, and we played as well as we knew we were capable of,” Cocito-Monco said. “Luckily we were able to come away with the victory.”

Division II boys

It was a good weekend for the Andry family, which played a big role for St. Michael. Collin Andry and John Whitlow captured the doubles title as they defeated at team from Neville 7-5, 3-6, 6-0.

“It is amazing,” Collin Andry said. “I have actually been looking forward to this for a while (brothers winning state championships), and now it finally has.

“We win the first set and we think we are good to go, but then we drop that second set. We just wanted to jump out to a big lead in that third set and don’t let them get any kind of comeback going. We were patient and played like we needed to play.”

The doubles title completed the Warrriors’ sweep as Collin’s brother, Cameron, captured the singles title with a 6-0, 6-0 win over teammate Jeremy Braud.

“It does make it sweeter because my brother won the singles crown the night before,” Collin Andry said. “I was pretty excited to be the champion. It was a great culmination of all the hard work that I had put into it. I know I worked hard for it. It was definitely pretty awesome being able to cheer my brother on, and he was cheering me on as we won the state championships.”

Division I girls

Mandeville swept the singles and doubles titles on the way to winning the team title with 13 points. Mount Carmel and Byrd tied for second with 11 points, but Mount Carmel was declared the state runner-up based on a tie-breaker of having more players advance to the semifinals than Byrd.

Mandeville’s Catherine Ragon captured the singles title with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Alexis Lifsey of Chapelle. In girls doubles, Mandeville’s Breanna Keller and Jasmine Simon defeated a team from Byrd 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Division II girls

The doubles crown clinched the team title for Neville with 12 points to Vandebilt Catholic’s 10 points.

Grant’s Sha’nel Bruins won the singles with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over St. Thomas More’s Caroline Fruge. Neville’s Katie Thetin and Madison Brennan were the doubles champions with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 win over a Vandebilt team.