Rochat claims singles
crown; heads to state
Corpus Christi -- An all-Hondo regional final
materialized Wednesday morning, April 22, in boys’ singles at
the H-E-B Tennis Center.
John Bowling and Pete Rochat, both juniors at Hondo High
School, each plowed through three opponents, all in straight sets,
on Tuesday, to set up the Region IV-4A singles championship match.
Rochat then defeated Bowling in two sets, 6-4, 6-2 to win the
region championship, and earn a repeat trip to the state
Forced into a playback for the title of region runner-up,
Bowling met Michael McBurney of Rockport-Fulton later on
Wednesday. McBurney won the match 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 to grab the
second spot from the region at the state tourney.
The UIL State Tennis Tournament is set for Tuesday and
Wednesday, May 12-13, at Texas A&M’s Mitchell Tennis Center
in College Station, with play beginning at 8 a.m.
As play began on Tuesday, Bowling and Rochat, seeded 1 and 2 in
the boys’ singles field, began with a pair of early-morning
Bowling defeated Matthew Stephenson of Wharton, 6-4, 6-4, while
Rochat rolled past Christopher Oppenberger of Columbus, 6-0, 6-3.
In the quarterfinals, Bowling downed Graham Vaandrager of
Liberty Hill, 6-4, 6-1, and Rochat continued winning, by blanking
Justin Dannhaus of Needville, 6-0, 6-0.
In the final matches on Tuesday, the regional semifinals,
Bowling defeated Julian Meyer of Poteet, 6-1, 6-3, and Rochat held
off a tough challenge from McBurney, 6-4, 6-4, to set up the
rematch of the District 29-AAAA finals. Bowling had won the
district singles championship over Rochat earlier in the month.
Also at the regional tourney, entries from 29-4A were in the
process of dominating heading into Wednesday.
In boys doubles, one Fredericksburg team had reached the
finals, while another was still alive in the third place match.
In girls’ singles and girls’ doubles, the championship
match ended up as Fredericksburg vs. Boerne.
In mixed doubles, one Boerne team was still alive, while the
other -- the only 29-4A entry not to reach at least the semifinals
-- was knocked out in the second round.
Rochat went to state last year and was a semifinalist in boys’
doubles, teaming with his brother Jack, who was a senior in 2014.
Pete Rochat is the first player to advance to state in boys’
singles since Daniel Okland made it to the state quarterfinals in
2007. Hondo’s only other boys’ singles player to reach state
is Pete’s father, Jeff, who made it to state three times,
Hondo has had an entry in the state tournament for each of the
last four years.