|2013 Varsity Tennis Team|
Senior Hobie Hotard Wins Record-Breaking Fourth LHSAA State Tennis Championship
Jesuit Team Wins Water-Logged LHSAA Tournament
In record style, Jesuit senior Hobie Hotard won the boys’ singles title at the LHSAA state tournament in Monroe on Friday evening, May 3. Hotard won the singles championship as a freshman, sophomore,
junior, and senior. He earned his championship trophy but the
LHSAA will be shipping it to him after coming up one trophy
short at the tournament. Meantime, Hotard received a medal.
Jesuit congratulates Hotard on his significant achievement.
(Photos for Jesuit High School by Scott Threlkeld Photography)
Senior Hobie Hotard has become the first Louisiana high school boy to win four consecutive singles’ titles in the LHSAA Division I state tennis tournament.
Seniors Trevor Lew and James Sampognaro, the defending state doubles champions, fell short to Mandeville in finals on the morning of Saturday, May 4. Also playing in the tournament were freshman Jonathan Niehaus (who reached semifinals) in singles and junior Kevin Mickan with sophomore Gregory Suhor (semifinals) and juniors Jordan Lacoste with Andrew Tufts (quarterfinals) in doubles.
All matches were played on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Rain has delayed play each day of the tournament. Because of the persistent rain, tournament officials decided to tweak the rules. Players used what is called “no ad scoring,” in which games are limited to a total of seven points.
Congratulations to James Sampognaro for being one of six metro area seniors who earned Academic All-State recognition in tennis from the LHSAA.
The Blue Jays won the 2013 LHSAA Tennis Tournament, which was held
in Monroe and hampered by inclement weather.
LHSAA State Tennis Tournament Underway In Monroe With Revised Scoring Rules
Wednesday Rain Forces Postponement of Round One
The 2013 Jesuit tennis team qualified for the LHSAA state tennis tournament by winning the regional championship in New Orleans. Pictured are three seniors who are defending state champions — James Sampognaro, Hobie Hotard, and Trevor Lew.
First-round matches of the LHSAA state tennis tournament, postponed because of persistent rain on Wednesday, began at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 2. Percipitation was still a problem on Thursday. Weather permitting, final matches will be played on Friday, May 3. All matches are being played on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Three of Jesuit’s varsity seniors are defending state champions — Hobie Hotard in singles, and Trevor Lew and James Sampognaro in doubles. Hotard is trying to become the first Louisiana high school boy to win four consecutive singles’ titles. Because of the rain, tournament officials decided to tweak the rules. Players are using what's called “no ad scoring,” in which games are limited to a total of seven points.
Blue Jays Take Top Four Spots in Regional Play to Advance to LHSAA State Tennis Tournament
The 2013 tennis team is presented the regional championship plaque
by officials of Allstate Sugarbowl which sponsors the tournament.
Jesuit’s varsity tennis team won top honors in the LHSAA Regional Tennis Tournament at UNO on Tuesday, April 23. All eight Blue Jays who played in regionals will head north to Monroe to play in the state tournament May 1-2.
In the second and final day of competition at the regional event, Blue Jays plowed through Brother Martin in the semi-final round to reach the final round, where it was all blue and white.
In the semi-finals round Jesuit faced Brother Martin on three courts and finished with wins: freshman Jonathan Niehaus (6-4, 7-5) and Hobie Hotard (6-0, 6-0) in singles and seniors Trevor Lew and James Sampognaro (6-3, 6-4) in doubles. In the fourth court it was Jesuit versus Jesuit, as junior Kevin Mickan and sophomore Gregory Suhor topped teammates juniors Jordan Lacoste and Andrew Tufts (6-1, 6-2).
The final round was an all-Blue Jay event featuring Hobie Hotard besting Jonathan Niehaus (6-2, 6-1) and Trevor Lew and James Sampognaro topping Kevin Mickan and Gregory Suhor.
Three of Jesuit’s varsity seniors are defending state champions — Hobie Hotard in singles, and Trevor Lew and James Sampognaro in doubles.
All eyes will remain fixed on Hotard to see if he can pull off what no young man has done in the history of prep tennis in Louisiana — win an unprecedented four consecutive individual championships. Over the two-day regional tournament, Hotard coasted against his four opponents, winning every match. It was a great start for Hotard as the countdown begins to the state tournament.
Read Two Articles About Tuesday’s Regional Tennis Matches Nola.com:
Singles and Doubles
Read Two Articles About Monday’s Regional Tennis Matches Nola.com:View Tennis Regional Tournament Photos — Monday, April 22
Singles and Doubles
View Tennis Regional Tournament Photos — Tuesday, April 23
Day Two Scores:
|Hobie Hotard ||SemiFinal||Ciacco, Brother Martin||W||6-0, 6-0|
|Final||Niehaus, Jesuit||W||6-2, 6-0|
|Jonathan Niehaus||SemiFinal||Berrigan, Brother Martin||W||6-4, 7-5 |
|Lew/Sampognaro||SemiFinal||Brubaker/McGovy Brother Martin||W||6-0, 6-1|
|Final||Mickan/Suhor, Jesuit||W||6-3, 6-1|
|Mickan/Suhor||SemiFinal||Tufts/Lacoste, Jesuit||W||6-1, 6-2|
After First Day of Regional Competition, Blue Jay Tennis Players Automatically Qualify for State Tournament
Sophomore Gregory Suhor jumps high for this “kill shot” while teammate, junior Kevin Mickan, stands guard in the back court during their doubles match
against Destrehan on Monday, April 22, the opening day of the LHSAA
Regional Tournament at UNO. Suhor and Macken easily disposed of
Destrehan (6-0, 6-0). The duo also defeated H.L. Bourgeois (6-0, 6-1)
and New Iberia (6-3, 6-3).
By the end of the opening day of competition at the LHSAA Regional Tennis Tournament at UNO, several of Jesuit’s varsity players had already clinched a berth in next week’s state tourney, including three seniors who are defending state champions — Hobie Hotard in singles, and Trevor Lew and James Sampognaro in doubles.
Freshman Jonathan Niehaus displayed his strong serve to opponents and will also be heading north to Monroe for the state tournament next week.
All eyes will remain fixed on Hotard to see if he can pull off what no player has done in the history of prep tennis in Louisiana — win an unprecedented four consecutive individual championships. On opening day (Monday, April 22) of the regional tournament, Hotard coasted against his two opponents, winning every single game and match.
It was a great start for Hotard as the countdown begins to the state tournament.
The second and final day of competition at the regional event continues at UNO on Tuesday, April 23, with matches beginning at 9 a.m. and ending around 2 p.m.
Read about Monday regional tennis singles and doubles matches Nola.com.
The second day of regional action continues Tuesday with the matches beginning at 9 a.m. and ending around 2 p.m.
View Tennis Regional Tournament Photos — Monday, April 22Day One Scores:
|Hobie Hotard ||2||Christian Breaux, Hahnville||W||6-0, 6-0|
|QF||Brennan Arceneaux, South Lafourche ||W||6-0, 6-0|
|Jonathan Niehaus||2||Reid Andreas, Thibodaux||W||6-1, 6-0|
|QF||Daniel Wilkerson, South Lafourche||W||6-0, 6-0|
|Mickan/Suhor||1||Oliver/Boudreaux, Bougeois, ||W||6-0, 6-1|
|2||Gulliot/Dempsey, Destrehan||W||6-0, 6-0|
|QF||Jenkins/Nguyen, New Iberia||W||6-3, 6-3|
|Lew/Sampognaro||2||Hargroder/Poche, Terrebone||W||6-0, 6-0|
|QF||Larousse/Thibodeaux, Thibodeaux ||W||6-1, 6-0|
|Tufts/Lacoste||1||LaBlanc/Elkhanoufi, New Iberia||W||6-0, 6-0|
|2||Ngo/Pizzani, South Lafourche||W||6-0, 6-0|
|QF||Hill/Gervais, Brother Martin||W||6-0, 6-1|
Tennis Defeats Holy Cross (6-1) and Looks Forward to Final District Match Next Week
Sophomore Gregory Suhor won in singles, 8-5, on April 9 against Holy Cross.
Tennis defeated Holy Cross, 6-1, in a non-district match on Tuesday, April 8 at UNO. Singles match winners were junior Kevin Mickan (8-3), sophomore Alex DePascual (8-0), and sophomore Gregory Suhor (8-5). Freshman Jonathan Niehaus was bested in his singles match (8-2). Winners of doubles matches were Suhor/Mickan (8-0), seniors Trevor Lew / James Sampognaro (8-1), and juniors Andrew Tufts / Jordan Lacoste (8-0).
The Blue Jays (3-0) will next play their final district game against Rummel on Tuesday, April 16. The team is preparing for the regional tournament which will be played April 22-23 at UNO.
View Jesuit vs. Holy Cross Tennis Photos
Blue Jays Defeat Brother Martin (5-2) in District Match
Against district foe Brother Martin on April 4, sophomore Alex DePascual
won in singles, 8-0.
The tennis team defeated Brother Martin, 5-2, on Thursday, April 4 at UNO to win the team’s third district game of the season. Senior Hobie Hotard (8-0) and sophomore Alex DePascual (8-1) won singles matches. Freshmen Jacob Niehaus (8-4) and Jonathan Niehaus (8-4) both lost hard-fought matches. Doubles winners were Trevor Lew / James Sampognaro (8-0), junior Kevin Mickan / sophomore Gregory Suhor (8-1), and juniors Andrew Tufts / Jordan Lacoste (8-2).
The Blue Jays (3-0) will next play Holy Cross in a non-district game on April 9 before their final district game against Rummel. The team is preparing for the regional tournament which begins on April 22.
Tennis Jays Compete in National Invitational Tournament, Then Return to Shutout Country Day in a Non-District Match
Against Country Day on March 26, junior Jordan Lacoste won in singles, as well as
a doubles match with fellow junior Andrew Tufts.
The Jesuit tennis team shutout Country Day, 7-0, in a non-district match played on Tuesday, March 26. Singles match winners were juniors Kevin Mickan, Jordan Lacoste, and Andrew Tufts, and sophomore Gregory Suhor. Winners of doubles matches were Suhor/Mickan, Lacoste/Tufts, and sophomores Alex DePascual/Patrick Torsch.
The next court appearance for the Blue Jays will be a district match against Brother Martin on Thursday, April 4.
Last week (March 21-24), Jesuit’s tennis team enjoyed the honor of playing in a highly competitive national invitational tournament — the DecoTurf High School Championships in Louisville, KY. The Jays finished 1-3 against nationally ranked players as well as state championship (and state runner-up) teams from Gulliver Prep (FL), Ocean Springs (MS), Winter Park (FL), and Trinity (KY).
Varsity Tennis Defeats Newman (5-2) in Non-District Match
Seniors Tevor Lew (left) and James Sampognaro won their doubles match against Newman at UNO on Thursday, March 7. The Varsity Team finished on top with a score of 5-2. Next, the team heads to a tournament in Kentucky on March 21-24.
Varsity Tennis Opens Season with Strong Wins Over Rummel (4-0) and Brother Martin (7-0)
Seniors Kevin Mickan (left) and Hobie Hotard playing against Brother Martin
Varsity Tennis decidedly defeated Bro. Martin, 7-0, on Tuesday, March 5 to win the team’s second district game of the season. Seniors Hobie Hotard, Trevor Lew, James Sampognaro and Kevin Mickan all won their singles matches. Doubles winners were Lew / Sampognaro, Mickan / sophomore Gregory Suhor, and junior Andrew Tufts / junior Jordan Lacoste.
The Blue Jays opened the season with a solid district win over Rummel, 4-0, on February 21. The team will play Newman in a competitive, non-district contest on Thursday, March 7 before heading to a tournament in Kentucky on March 21-24.