By CHRISSY SMITH
SLIDELL — Elizabeth and Kristen Calamari hugged each other as they talked about playing together in doubles this tennis playoff season.
“I’m really glad that we did it and we can look back on this forever,”?Elizabeth said.
The two sisters are tennis players at Pope John Paul and decided to play on a doubles team for the playoffs.
Elizabeth is a senior and Kristen is a sophomore so the two knew this was their last chance to do such a thing.
The sisters qualified for the state tournament by beating Northlake Christian’s doubles combo of Acosta and Burke, 6-3, 6-3.
At state, the sisters lost, however, which ended their successful season. They had a record of 11-1 until regionals.
Elizabeth and Kristen lost to the University girls from Baton Rouge, Patrick and Armstrong.
“They played a tough, competitive match once again winning the first set 6-4. But U-High came back playing more consistently on the baseline than PJP and won the next two sets 6-3, 6-2,”?PJP?tennis coach Julie Champagne said.
U-High won the state title in 2011.
“We made a few too many errors which made the difference. We could have had to play three matches in one day if they would have continued to win,”?Champagne said. “Naturally, the competition does always get tougher the more you advance.”
Kristen said she will probably go back to playing singles next year since her sister will be attending the University of Southern Mississippi.