Jesuit and Dominican Capture Class 5A Region III Tennis Titles park
For the fifth straight year, Jesuit High School captured the boys' title, respectively, at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A Region III Tennis Tournament sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Wednesday and Thursday at the University of New Orleans. However, the women's tournament saw Dominican take the championship, stopping a four-year run of success by Mount Carmel Academy. Dominican and Mount Carmel shared the title last year. The region consists of teams from the Bayou region of Louisiana and the South-shore Metro New Orleans area.
Hobie Hotard, from Jesuit, captured his fourth straight singles regional tennis title by cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 win over teammate Jonathan Niehaus. Hotard had topped Brother Martin's Dominic Ciaccio, 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals. Niehaus had also stopped a Brother Martin foe, beating Ben Barrigan, 6-4, 7-5.
In the boys' doubles action, Jesuit also came out on top. Trevor Lew and James Sampognaro upended fellow Jesuit pairing Kevin Micken and Gregory Suhor, 6-3, 6-1. It is the second regional championship for the duo, who also won in 2011. Despite losing the regional title last year, they recovered to collect the state championship in doubles.
For the girls, Dominican standout Haley Tucker, the top overall seed, upended Archbishop Chapelle's Alexis Lifsey, 6-0, 6-1 to earn the singles title. Tucker and Lifsey both knocked off Mount Carmel players in semifinal action. Tucker upended Courtney Matsers, 6-1, 6-1 and Lifsey topped Bonnie Gibbons, 6-1, 6-1.
Dominican also won the doubles title as Rachel Beck and Madison Artigues teamed up for a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Emily Braud and Nikki Neubeck from Mount Carmel. Beck and Artigues had surprised the top-seeded tandem of Ali Morel and Sophie Skipper, also from Mount Carmel, in the semifinals.