Three local entries play today in semis of LHSAA tennis tournament

BYRD SHINES:  There was plenty of success Monday at the LHSAA Tennis Tournament in Monroe for Byrd High School including (from left) Isabella Young, Knox Stinson, coach Stevie Schmidt, Morgan Young, Sydney Young and Avery Young. (Courtesy photo)


MONROE – Two entries from C.E. Byrd High School and one from Caddo Magnet soared to three match wins Monday and play this morning in the semifinals at the LHSAA Tennis Championships.

Two singles standouts went 3-0 Monday at Forsythe Park.

Byrd’s Isabella Young and Natalie Sin of Caddo Magnet reached girls state singles semifinals this morning, to be played at ULM’s Heard Stadium, aiming to advance to afternoon championship contests.

The Byrd doubles tandem of the Yellow Jackets’ other two Young triplets, Sydney and Morgan Young, rolled through three rounds Monday and plays in the Division I doubles semis this morning.

Isabella Young didn’t lose a game in the first two rounds of Division I singles, but had to battle to reach the semis with a 6-4, 7-6 decision over Katherine Daniel of Baton Rouge. She plays Laura Caroline Holliday of St. Joseph’s today in the semis.

The Young/Young doubles pairing notched easy wins in their first two matches but then were tested in the quarterfinal match before prevailing 6-3, 6-2 over Freeman/Chanes of Dominican. They meet Cohn/Wicker of Mt. Carmel in the semifinals today.

Caddo Magnet’s Sin was dominant in the Division II singles draw. She dropped just one game in the first two rounds combined, and was a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Kaitlyn Reagan of St. Scholastica in the quarterfinals. Sin faces My-Anh Holmes of The Willow School in the state semifinals today.

Three other local entries went 2-1, bowing out in the quarterfinal round Monday.

The Byrd freshman tandem of Avery Young and Hannah Howard swept their opening match 6-0, 6-0, then posted a 6-4, 6-1 second-round victory over Wang/Standing of Barbe. But Manuel/Poussan from St. Joseph’s overwhelmed them 6-0, 6-0 in the quarters.

Byrd’s Knox Stinson reached the Division I boys singles quarters with two convincing wins (6-2, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-3) but was outlasted 6-3, 7-5 in the quarters by Evan Patton of Lafayette.

Airline’s Drew Kolniak outfought Andrew Macione of Northshore 6-4, 7-5 in the first round, then handled Edoardo Balacco of Sulphur 6-1, 6-2 to reach the Division I quarterfinals. He ran into Barbe’s Steven Rice, who prevailed 6-1, 6-0.

Divisions III and IV are Thursday and Friday, after championship play finishes today in Division I and II.

Local results from Monday:


Girls’ doubles

Young/Young (Byrd) def. Greely/Lumpkins (Central-Baton Rouge) 6-0, 6-0; def. Green/Galloway (Mt. Carmel) 6-1, 6-1; def. Freeman/Chanes (Dominican) 6-3, 6-2.

Lemaire/Lemaire (Woodlawn-Baton Rouge) def. Rowe/Evans (Byrd) 6-3, 6-4.

Young/Howard (Byrd) def. Fonseca/Wagner-Brown (Covington) 6-0, 6-0; def. Wang/Standing (Barbe) 6-4, 6-1; lost to Manuel/Poussan (St. Joseph’s) 6-0, 6-0.

Girls’ singles

Isabella Young (Byrd) def. Elisabeth Fusellier (Southside) 6-0, 6-0; def. Grayce Reynolds (St. Amant) 6-0, 6-0; def. Katherine Daniel (Baton Rouge) 6-4, 7-6.

Leah Bryant (Captain Shreve) def. Audrey Delatte (Hammond) 6-0, 6-1; lost to Laura Caroline Holliday (St. Joseph’s) 6-1, 6-1.

Cristina Zerrilla (Captain Shreve) lost 6-0, 6-0 to Ella Mancuso (St. Joseph’s)

Boys’ singles 

Knox Stinson (Byrd) def. Will Beasley (Zachary) 6-2, 6-2; def. Ayden Montaro (Mandeville) 6-0, 6-3; lost 6-3, 7-5 to Evan Patton (Lafayette).

Mark Quarles (Captain Shreve) lost 6-0, 6-0 to Jake Bravo (Jesuit).

Drew Kolniak (Airline) def. Andrew Macione (Northshore) 6-4, 7-5; def. Edoardo Balacco (Sulphur) 6-1, 6-2; lost 6-1, 6-0 to Steven Rice (Barbe).


Girls’ singles

Aashni Shah (Caddo Magnet) lost 6-1, 6-0 to Kyleigh Schwartz (Archbishop Hannon).

Natalie Sin (Caddo Magnet) def Anna Vemilyea (Salmen) 6-1, 6-0; def. Haley Brouilette (Assumption) 6-0, 6-0; def. Kaitlyn Reagan (St. Scholastic) 6-2, 6-1. 

Girls’ doubles

Vekovius/Zamani (Caddo Magnet) lost 7-6, 6-2 to Hodges/Hodges (St. Scholastica).

Cate/Myers (Caddo Magnet) lost 6-0, 6-0 to Leblanc/Vincent (Eunice).

Siharath/Voumand (Caddo Magnet) lost 6-0, 6-1 to Orgeron/Boudreau (St. Scholastica).