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Vandy girls take second in state tennis, boys place fourth

MONROE — The Vandebilt Catholic boys and girls tennis teams embarked on their trip to Monroe for the Division II state tournament with an 11 a.m. bus trip on Tuesday.

Little did they know they would have an extended stay in north Louisiana.

Because of heavy rain throughput the week in Monroe, the Division II state tennis tournament did not end until 11 a.m. on Saturday, and when the courts were finally dry, the Lady Terriers took home the Division II state title and the Terriers placed fourth overall as a team.

The Lady Terriers placed second behind Neville.

The girls doubles team of Sarah Bourgeois and Hannah Chouest lost a heartbreaker in the girls doubles final to Neville in match that could have given the Lady Terriers the team title.

Bourgeois and Chouest fell 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 and Vandebilt tennis coach Jake Clements said there was a close call in the match that was tough to handle.

“It came down to that doubles finals. It was real tough. One line call from an official and we are champions,” Clements said. “That is tough to swallow, but both teams fought so hard and both deserved to win. It was unfortunate it came down to something other than the girls, but we really performed well on the girls side. We followed up our regional second place with another strong performance.”

Also in girls action for the Terriers, Kristen Alevizon made the semifinals in singles play. Also, Danielle LeBlanc of Assumption qualified for the quarterfinals.

In girls doubles, Arden Whitehurst and Kerci Champagne made the quarterfinals and Korihn Pellegrin and Stephanie Alevizon made the Round of 16 as did the Assumption team of Caroline Gonzales and Amber Simoneaux.

In the boys, the Terriers placed fourth behind St. Michael (18 points), Holy Cross (8) and Neville (7). Vandebilt also had seven points, but Neville had more finalists to take third place.

“We had three freshmen and two eighth graders on the boys so winning regionals was a big surprise,” Clements said. “We were one point out of second place at state. It was a tight race. They have such and upside, and I am proud of them. Fourth place out of 13 teams at state this early is more than I could ask for. They held their own with seniors and juniors.”

Mason Melancon made the semifinals for the Terriers in boys singles, and in the Round of 16 topped Logan Talbot of Assumption 6-0, 6-0.

In boys doubles, the team of Thomas Mitchell and Reese Dantin made the semifinals for the Terriers.

Also, William Crenshaw and Connor Doyle and Jacob Fournier and Kevin Besson each made the Round of 16 for Vandebilt in doubles play.

“We were there for five days, and the first two days we only got 14 matches in,” Clements said. “Out of a 90-match tournament it was pretty tough to stay focused and stay ready, but we have such a good group of parents and kids who all get along. We had a great time. Everyone bonded. That is what you want to see in high school team sports. You want to see everyone enjoying themselves and making friends and enjoying the process. Winning and placing in the events is just a bonus.”

The Assumption boys doubles team of Chase Hinton and Chance Landry also made the Round of 16.

In Division I competition, there were no local competitors who qualified for the quarterfinal round.