It was the final changeover of her high school tennis career and the thoughts and memories went flashing by for Heritage Hall's Julie Labarthe. From being a precocious transfer from Bishop McGuinness before her sophomore year to being the unquestioned leader of the Chargers as a senior, Labarthe's maturity as a person and player was evident.
Seconds before her final game, the emotions came out of Labarthe as she talked to coach Dick Villaflor one final time. It didn't distract her from her task as Labarthe easily won to close out one of the most dominating state performances ever. Labarthe didn't drop a game in her four state matches to earn her first undefeated season and The Oklahoman's All-City Girls Tennis Player of the Year. "It was kind of embarrassing (showing the emotion), but I realized it would be my final time out there,” Labarthe said. "And to have Coach V out there watching was great. I owe so much to him.” Villaflor saw something in Labarthe and made a controversial move when he put Labarthe at the No. 1 singles spot, replacing Nicole Holsted. Holsted was one of the most loved players in the program, but Villaflor did what he thought would be best for the program. Labarthe, from the beginning, showed Villaflor knew what he was doing. "Nicole was so welcoming, and it made the transition so much easier,” Labarthe said.