Section 1-AAA doubles tournament has familiar end
The finals of the Section 1-AAA doubles tournament looked familiar.
Once again, teams from Latrobe and Penn-Trafford faced off with the championship on the line. And like the section singles match two weeks before, Latrobe came out on top.
The Latrobe duo of Chad Kissell and Mario Fannie defeated Penn-Trafford's Cullen Price and Alec Giugliano in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-2, in the finals Monday at Franklin Regional.
Kissell defeated Price in the section singles final April 9, and the team of Kissell and Trevor Octavio defeated the team of Price and Paul Campbell in last year's section doubles championship.
“I'm very pleased with the way Cullen and Alec performed,” Penn-Trafford coach Linda Michaux said. “It was just four quality players playing as hard as they could.”
Penn-Trafford (11-0) and Latrobe (9-2) are the top two teams in the section, and Michaux said most of the teams' battles are “nip and tuck.”
Before dropping their final match, Price and Giugliano defeated Franklin Regional's Kevin Mechlenberg and Nathan Yu in the first round, 10-3; Hempfield's top team of Zach Iezzi and Keisuke Sakuma in the quarterfinals, 10-1; and Kiski's brother tandem of Thad and Tyler Paunovich in the semifinals, 4-6, 6-2 and 6-3.
The second-place finish qualifies Price and Giugliano for the WPIAL Doubles Tennis Championships on Monday at Shady Side Academy.
“They did very well (Monday),” Michaux said. “They're both all-court players, and we're looking forward to the WPIAL tournament.”
The Warriors' other doubles team of senior Jordan Pastoria and Anthony Iovino lost, 10-1, to Kissell and Fannie in the first round.
Norwin's top team of Tyrell Greenwood and Mitch Atkins lost in the quarterfinals, and Franklin Regional's Rohan Hattangady and Rochan Ramesh took fourth place.
Penn-Trafford (11-0) was scheduled to play matches against Greensburg Salem on Tuesday and Latrobe on Wednesday. Both matches ended past the deadline for this week's edition. Penn-Trafford will play Franklin Regional in its final section match of the season Thursday.
“We're 11-0, so we haven't had a loss,” Michaux said. “I'm very proud of our team's success so far.”
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.