The Morgan City High School tennis teams were in action last week with matches against Catholic High of New Iberia at home Thursday and at Vandebilt Catholic Friday.
Against Catholic High, Morgan City’s top two girls’ singles players, Destinie Scully and Amber Colbert, fell to their opponents. However, their opponents were both ranked in the top 15 in singles in the state.
“So their match scores didn’t reflect the excellent performance each showed against these state ranked players,” Morgan City tennis coach Stephanie Gautreaux said.
In doubles’ action, Morgan City’s top-ranked doubles team of Savannah Loupe and Harleigh Price beat a duo from Catholic High, 6-1, 6-3, while the Lady Tigers’ second-ranked doubles team of Eli Cabrera and Krystina Pitre won 2-6, 6-0, 6-0.
The No. 3 doubles team of Jamie Scioneaux and Emily LaCoste fell by 4-6, 7-5, 3-6.
In boys’ action, Morgan City’s top two singles’ players, John Henry and Tyler Jones competed, with Henry coming away with an 8-6 win.
In doubles action, the Tigers’ top tandem of Henry and Jones fell 8-4, while the No. 2 team of Blake Verret and Jude Johnson won 6-3, 6-2.
Because the squads used regional format in which the No. 1 and 2 seed singles and doubles matches counted, combined, and Morgan City’s boys and girls tied Catholic High, 4-4.
Gautreaux said she was pleased with her team’s showing, considering they were playing out of their element.
“This was a mental lesson for my team,” she said. “They either had to accept that they were not playing in the event they are accustomed to and play regardless, or fight the match and lose.”
Against Vandebilt, the teams participated in an exhibition match.
The Lady Tigers top 2 girls’ singles and No. 1 girls’ doubles team played Vandebilt Catholic.
While both Price and Pitre lost in singles’ action, Gautreaux said her tennis players realized they could be “unstoppable” by the time they reach their junior year of high school if they keep up their solid play.
In doubles action, Morgan City’s No. 1 doubles team of Loupe and Cabrera fell in straight sets, but had multiple close games.
“Savannah and Eli have played those Vandy girls before, and each time they are doing better and better,” she said.
In boys’ action, Henry defeated Will Crenshaw.
Gautreaux said she used the experience to show her squad that they can both compete with Vandebilt Catholic as well as the atmosphere at one of their matches.
“We have something special at MCHS, and we need to be proud to display it when we can,” she said.