TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Penn-Trafford tennis team still in playoff hunt

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Matt Grubba | Penn-Trafford Star
Penn-Trafford sophomore Rahcel Ford hits a forehand return during the Warriors' section match against Franklin Regional on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, 8:58 p.m.
 

With a 5-2 record in Section 1-AAA play, the Penn-Trafford girls tennis team is in position for a return playoff trip.

The Warriors fell, 4-1, at home against section-leading Franklin Regional on Monday, but their two losses leave the team in a tie for second place as the team prepares to face its section opponents for a second time.

The doubles team of Dana Kelly and Sarah Rupchak got P-T's win, 7-5, 6-3, against the Panthers duo of Brittany Weiner and Grayce Behnke, while the other doubles team of Melanie Loughner and Hannah Phillips fell by the slimmest of margins to FR's Victoria Zhang and Sana Seth, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7).

FR swept the singles matches in straight sets, however, as the Panthers' top players bested P-T's.

“They were good, but I thought we had a chance to beat them,” Penn-Trafford senior Alexis Ryan said. “They turned out to be a little tougher than I thought they'd be.”

Despite the setback against the undefeated Panthers, Penn-Trafford remains in a strong position.

The team's only other loss came at home on Sept. 4 against Latrobe, 3-2, while the team picked up a win over defending section champ Hempfield, 4-1, last Thursday. Those teams, plus Franklin Regional and P-T, teams appear to be the ones in the mix for the three playoff spots from the section, which means the rematches among those four have added importance.

“We can still improve on our hitting and our serves. We just have to keep our heads up,” Ryan said. “I think we can beat Latrobe. We almost had them the first time, and we have to focus on Hempfield and Franklin, the next time.”

The Warriors had only one other match scheduled for this week, at home against Kiski Area on Wednesday, after this edition's deadline. Ryan and No. 1 singles player Charlotte Vertes also are slated to play in the Section 1-AAA singles tournament, which begins Thursday at noon at Franklin Regional.

Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or mgrubba@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates use big 7th inning to sweep Marlins, stretch winning streak to 6
  2. Plum teacher held for trial on charges of witness intimidation
  3. Tweets connect Pittsburghers with the world, each other in 5 words
  4. Judge orders Highmark, UPMC lawyers to hash out consent decree
  5. Rossi: Steelers’ tarnished Bell rings true
  6. Male suspect in custody from New Kensington shooting
  7. Overturned cement truck knocks out power in South Side Slopes
  8. Tomlin gives suggestion Steelers won’t be shy about going for 2
  9. Vandals ruin Ligonier Township farmers’ garden
  10. North Shore access to be limited Saturday for Chesney concert, officials say
  11. Santorum officially joining GOP contenders for the White House