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Quaker Valley tennis star Caravaggio headed for Duquense

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Quaker Valley's Spencer Caravaggio chose to play tennis at Duquesne.

Wanting to continue her career close to home, Quaker Valley senior Spencer Caravaggio signed a letter of intent with the Duquesne University women's tennis team last month.

A two-time WPIAL Class AA girls singles champion, Caravaggio, 18, will play third or fourth singles for the Dukes, who were 7-11 overall this year and 3-3 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

“She's outstanding, but we expect her to become even better,” Duquesne coach Joe Camillo said.

After winning WPIAL titles, Caravaggio was PIAA runner-up as a sophomore and senior.

As a freshman and junior, she finished third in the WPIAL.

With a 129-10 record, she has the most wins of any Quaker Valley player, according to Jeff Sebastian, who coached her for most of her high school career.

“I felt extremely proud to be along for the ride,” Sebastian said. “She is a top-tier athlete; it might be quite some time before we see her equal. I have nothing but fond memories of her.

“Her competitive fire, sense of humor, leadership and prowess on the court are things that I will not soon forget.”

She picked Duquesne over St. Bonaventure.

“Friends and family are important to me,” she said. “I didn't want to leave them.”

Frank Baritot, head of the Pennsylvania Tennis Academy in Wexford, where Caravaggio trains year-round, helped sift through letters from college recruiters.

“Only two of 10 schools were appropriate,” said Baritot, noting that some were eliminated early because they did not offer scholarships.

Caravaggio plans to study psychology, with the goal of becoming a sports psychologist.

She was one of two players signed by Duquesne. Zuzanna Stelmaszak of Poland was the other.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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