/ SHEILA ROTHE
Pete Rochat rifles a
backhand in Tuesday night’s match.
Rochat’s state run ends with first round loss
College Station -- After a day-long rain delay at Texas
A&M’s Mitchell Tennis Center, play in the UIL State Tennis
Tournament finally got underway with matches at 7:45 p.m. on
Tuesday, May 12.
Hondo’s Pete Rochat, competing in 4A boys’ singles, had his
run at state cut short, with a quarterfinal loss to Bellville’s
Westin Jablonowski, 6-1, 6-1.
The match had originally been scheduled for 8 a.m.
For Rochat, an HHS junior and the Region IV singles champion,
it concluded a hectic week of competition, which saw him go to
Oklahoma City with the Hondo FFA national reserve champion Land
Judging team, then on a flight to Los Angeles to compete with the
national finalist Hondo BPA team, before returning home and
heading to College Station for the state tennis tourney.
Opening round matches were expected to continue until well
after midnight, before resuming on Wednesday with the semifinals.
The original schedule called for both the quarterfinal and
semifinal matches to be played in all divisions in all conferences
on Tuesday – a total of 180 matches.
It was Rochat’s second trip to state. Last year, he teamed
with his brother Jack, a 2014 HHS graduate, to win a bronze medal
in boys’ doubles.