CHS Tennis Captures Third State Championship In A Row
The term “trifecta” comes into play this week with the running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. It also applies to the effort turned in by the Catholic High School tennis team as they won their third consecutive state championship. Despite losing Nick Watson, the best tennis player in the history of CHS to LSU, the Bears battled against fierce Division I competition to take home the title. Veteran tennis coach Kyle Jackson commented, “Our guys put in an awesome performance over the two-day tournament in Monroe. It was a true team effort as every court scored a point for the team.”
The highlight of the tournament for the Bears was the all Catholic doubles final. The match was played at a level that belonged on a college campus, as defending doubles state champs Raymond Chassaignac and Tripp Guglielmo, staved off three match points in the second set to win. The defending champions defeated teammates Davis Weston and Carson Chassagnaic (Raymond’s younger brother).
The singles draw was stacked with some of the best high school tennis players in the South with athletes representing Brother Martin, Sulphur, Barbe and Fontainebleau. Freshman Charlie Remaux, held his own into the quarterfinals before dropping his match to Barbe’s Aidan Mahoney. Fellow freshman Aidan Lee, knocked off Sulphur’s Brooks Giardina to earn three points and a spot in the semifinals before losing to Belmont Abbey signee Gabe Martin of Fontainebleau. The outcome was anti-climactic on Saturday, as the Bears mathematically clinched the title after the morning’s first match. The Weston/Chassaignac doubles pair defeated Brother Martin’s first doubles court in two sets.
The final score in the Division I state tournament was Catholic 16 with Brother Martin finishing in second with 12.5 points, and Jesuit wrapping up third place with 10 points. “Our out-of-state competition and the support of the school’s administration of playing a national schedule prepared our team for this tournament,” noted Jackson. “Many people around the state felt like our team would take a step back after losing Nick Watson, but our guys were focused on proving everyone wrong all season.”
As the sun sets on another tennis season, Jackson is already preparing for the 2020 season and looking to dismiss any naysayers out there who count out the Bears on the court.