Menard came to Shreveport and took home both the boys and girls Region I-2A team tennis titles Thursday at Cockrell Park.
The individual championships, however, had a distinctly Northwest Louisiana flavor to them.
Evangel swept the doubles championships, and North Webster’s Tori Pesses corralled the girls singles championship. Menard did collect the boys singles title, as Calvary’s Caleb Josey finished second to Menard’s Chris Simpson, 6-4, 6-1.
Simpson’s victory allowed Menard to clinch the boys team title.
Evangel had positioned itself for a shot at the team championship when both of its doubles teams advanced to the finals.
In the finals, Andrew Deutsch and Devon Sikora downed teammates Dakota Duron and Trent Taylor in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
“It’s difficult,” Deutsch said of playing teammates in the finals. “We practice with them. We want the best for them. We want them to win. They want us to win, but it’s a lot of fun as well.”
As a silver lining in that situation, both Evangel teams qualified for next week’s state tournament in Monroe.
Deutsch and Sikora, the top seeds, advanced to the finals with another straight-set victory in the semifinals.
“Being a freshman and a sophomore, there’s a lot of pressure, but it’s fun,” Sikora said.
While Deutsch and Sikora came from under the radar, the Eagles girls doubles team of Abby Turnbow and Micah Green entered the tournament as defending regional champion.
They left the same way, adding another trophy to their case.
“Probably this time (was tougher),” Green said.
Added Turnbow: “There were more teams this year, so it was tougher competition. I feel like they knew we were a threat this year.”
Pesses found herself in the same position as Turnbow and Green, and she produced the same result, collecting a second straight regional championship with a straight-set victory in which she dropped just four games.
“It was tougher to do it this year,” Pesses said. “I knew I had to do what I did last year again. It wasn’t bad. I liked it.”