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Sewickley Academy's Ross moving on to Georgetown

| Monday, June 19, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
Sewickley Academy's Luke Ross won a second straight PIAA tennis title on May 27, 2017, in Hershey.
Sewickley Academy's Luke Ross won a second straight PIAA tennis title on May 27, 2017, in Hershey.
Sewickley Academy's Luke Ross won a second straight PIAA tennis title on May 27, 2017, in Hershey.
Sewickley Academy's Luke Ross won a second straight PIAA tennis title on May 27, 2017, in Hershey.

Sewickley Academy graduate Luke Ross will make his influence felt on the Georgetown tennis team next season.

Hoyas coach Gordie Ernst said Ross is an impact player.

Part of a large recruiting class, he is being counted on to help turn around the team.

The Hoyas went 8-14 overall and 0-3 in the Big East this season. They lost in the semifinals of the conference tournament to Butler by one point.

Ernst said Ross will be one of six new players.

Ross won his third WPIAL Class AA boys single title and second consecutive PIAA title this spring. He led Sewickley Academy to its 14th straight WPIAL crown and a repeat of the PIAA championship.

As of June 9, the United States Tennis Association ranked him 166th among junior tennis players in the country. He was third in his class among Pennsylvania players, according to the Tennis Recruiting Network, an online site that tracks college prospects.

Ross, 18, who lives in Sewickley, said he is excited for the opportunity to play for the Hoyas.

Ernst likes Ross' character.

“(He is) a great guy,” Ernst said.

Sewickley Academy coach Whitney Snyder said Ross is coachable.

Ross, who plans to study pre-med, said academics was a factor in his decision.

Located in Washington, D.C., Georgetown is the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university and ranks among the top schools in the country. President Bill Clinton is an alumnus.

Budi Susanto, Ross' junior tennis coach, said Ross is equipped to play on the next level.

“This year we just keep practicing to get better,” Susanto said. “There (are) no specific things we are working on besides the net game.

“We just want (him) to get better so he is ready for college. It will be (a) very exciting freshman year for Luke.”

Ross is one of two Sewickley Academy players to commit to an NCAA Division I program.

Sam Sauter will play for St. Joseph's, which is in Philadelphia.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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