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Caravaggio turns attention toward college after runner-up finish at PIAA tournament

| Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 8:55 p.m.

After finishing second at the PIAA Class AA girls tennis championship last week in Hershey, Quaker Valley senior Spencer Caravaggio planned to take care of something she delayed until the season was over.

Undecided where she will play next year, Caravaggio will sift through the letters she has received from college teams trying to recruit her.

“I've gotten a lot of letters, but haven't really looked at them,” said Caravaggio, 17. “My (juniors) coach and I will sit down and go through them and figure out what place is good for me.”

Caravaggio, the WPIAL champion, was disappointed with her finish at the PIAA championship, where she lost to Audrey Ann Blakely of District 3 Wyomissing, 6-4, 6-4, in the final.

Jumping to a 3-0 lead in the first game, Caravaggio lost momentum after changing from overhand to underhand serves due to a nagging shoulder injury.

“Spencer was in control early (and), as always, showed flashes of brilliance,” Quaker Valley coach Jeff Sebastian said. “She went down swinging.”

Caravaggio won her first three matches in straight sets to reach the final. She was inconsolable after the loss.

“I told her this one disappointment should not be what defines her,” Sebastian said. “Her body of work during her high school career has been so impressive.

“She was a class act by holding her head up high at the medals ceremony.”

It was the second time in three years Caravaggio finished second in the state after winning the WPIAL title. She also was PIAA runner-up in 2010.

Sewickley Academy juniors Amy Cheng and Jappmann Monga look forward to next year after losing in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class A girls doubles championship last week in Hershey.

After beating a team from Loyalsock of District 4 in the first round, 6-3, 6-2, Cheng and Monga lost to Kendra Croker and Grace Reilly of District 2 Scranton Preparatory, 6-1, 6-0.

“Amy and Jappmann had a very good season,” Sewickley Academy coach Whitney Snyder said. “It was an honor they made states as WPIAL champion.”

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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