Labarthe goes out unblemishedHeritage Hall’s Julie Labarthe could not have done any better in her final two years as a Charger tennis player.
She went undefeated and won the state championship in both of them. But she made even more history Saturday. Labarthe didn’t lose a game in all four of her matches and set the school record for love sets in a season with 36. She had 28 entering the weekend. "It is pretty special, but it’s really about the team,” Labarthe said. "I’ve had so much fun with these girls.” Labarthe closed it out with a 6-0, 6-0, victory against Clinton’s Kaylyn Baker in the championship. Labarthe finishes the season at 28-0.
Heritage takes three titlesLabarthe’s win wasn’t the only reason to celebrate for the Chargers as Heritage Hall earned titles at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. Sophomores Sarah Bowen and Kelsey Grace used the motivation of being the second seed to defeat top-seeded Cascia Hall in straight sets. "It’s been a really long season, but I wanted to win this one so bad for my partner,” Bowen said. Junior Carissa Villaflor earned her second title at No. 2 singles, not losing a set in winning the title.
Perry ties for secondPerry had to rely on young players this season, but it didn’t hurt the team at the state tournament. Freshman Lauryn Sullins finished runner-up at No. 2 singles to lead the Maroons to a tie for second place with Cascia Hall. Perry will return five of its six players as No. 1 singles Krysta Mitchell was the lone senior. By Robert Przybylo