Sewickley Academy's Dellinger advances to WPIAL singles
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No matter how he did at the WPIAL Class AA boys tennis singles championship earlier this week, Sewickley Academy senior Patrick Dellinger probably will not be back to defend the WPIAL doubles title he won with senior Will Kleeman a year ago.
With the top three finishers advancing to the WPIAL championship, Dellinger does not plan to play in the section doubles tournament this month.
“Players at other schools will compete in doubles if they're eliminated in singles, but that's not done at Sewickley Academy,” said Dellinger, 18. “Someone else is given a chance.”
Dellinger qualified for the WPIAL singles championship by finishing third at the Section 3-AA tournament.
After losing to eventual champion Josh Raymundo of Mars in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-0, he beat Tym Hoban of Winchester Thurston in the consolation match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Results from the WPIAL championship were not available before this edition's deadline. The top three finishers will advance to the PIAA tournament, to be held May 24-25 at the Hershey Racquet Club.
Sewickley Academy coach Whitney Snyder considers Dellinger smart and hardworking.
“I'm not the most athletic person, but I'm good at match management,” said Dellinger, who is considering trying out for the team at Dartmouth College.
Dellinger isn't the only Panther who won't defend a title.
Senior Colin Kaye, the WPIAL singles champion last year, will compete in doubles instead.
Besides Dellinger, junior Logan Yee played at the section singles championship.
“We don't believe in recycling (players),” said Snyder, whose team is a strong favorite to win its 10th straight WPIAL title.
After losing early in singles, Quaker Valley's Garrett Powell and Jeremy Balmwell look forward to playing together at the Section 3-AA doubles championship.
“It's nice to know it's not over,” said Powell, who finished third with Charlie Wilson at the WPIAL doubles tournament last season.
Powell, a senior, and Balmwell, a junior, are top players on a Quaker Valley team that trails Sewickley Academy for the section lead.
“Sewickley Academy has a lot of depth and is tough to beat,” acting Quaker Valley coach Ed Perry said.
Sewickley Academy shut out the Quakers on April 4. The two teams will meet again April 26 at Sewickley Academy.
Quaker Valley, which won in 2003, is the last team other than Sewickley Academy to claim the WPIAL championship.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.
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