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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 tournament.

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 victories.

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, 1984-86.

Hondo has had an entry in the state tournament for each of the last four years.



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