Sewickley Academy's Gohh captures section singles crown
Neither Samantha Gohh nor Sydney Miggantz were shocked the finals of the Section 6-AA singles tennis tournament would be Sewickley Academy exclusive.
What is surprising is how one of them made it there. Gohh defeated Miggantz for the section singles tournament crown in the finals when Miggantz retired from the match.
Miggantz entered the tournament with an ankle injury suffered the day before during the Panthers 4-1 win over Rochester. Despite the pain, the senior taped her ankle and got the win against her opponent that day and was able to play in the tournament.
“I am very impressed with her character to finish her match at Rochester injured,” Sewickley Academy coach Whitney Snyder said. “It shows how dedicated she is. Her experience came through at the tournament.”
The senior said the injury hindered her play though she did defeat Central Valley's Claire Whaples, 10-2, in the quarterfinals and Quaker Valley's Farrah Bojalad, 6-2, 6-1, to reach the finals.
“It restricts your movement,” Miggantz said. “I would need a quick burst of energy to run somewhere and my foot is lagging behind me. It made it a lot more difficult.”
While the finals may not have gone as planned, it shouldn't take away from Gohh's accomplishment. The senior finished third in last season's section singles and has been a dedicated member of the team the past four years.
“She is a year-round tennis player,” Sndyer said. “All the experience she has had the last couple of years has helped her. It was just unfortunate that they couldn't play.”
Gohh defeated Central Valley's Aliana Thomas, 10-1, in the quarterfinals and Hopewell's Liana Muia, 6-2, 6-0, in the semis.
“I am glad (Miggantz) and I made the finals,” Gohh said. “It is a great accomplishment to get first. I have never been in the finals. Being my senior year, it is a great way to finish.”
Bojalad — Quaker Valley's No. 1 player — clinched third-place with a 6-2, 6-0 in over Muia of Hopewell. The Quakers other representative, Caroline Steilotes, fell to Muia in the semifinals, 10-7, after defeating Rochester's Chole Ketterer, 10-2, in the first round.
The Sewickley Academy captains entered the WPIAL Class AA tournament this week knowing what to expect from the environment. Miggantz has reached the tournament the past three seasons, while Gohh made the tournament in 2010 and 2012.
Miggantz actually made a run to the consolation match last season and qualified for the PIAA tournament.
“It is nice to be familiar with the setup,” Miggantz said. “But it will be difficult because it all comes down to the luck of the draw. Depending where you are seeded, it could be good or bad. I was very fortunate to make it to states last season.”
While both would like to compete for the individual WPIAL title, getting prepared for the team tournament later this season will be a great consolation prize.
“I would like to see (Miggantz) 100 percent so she can put her best foot forward, no pun intended,” Sndyer said. “These girls are unselfish and team oriented. They would trade individual success for more team success. In the big picture, the individual tournament is good practice to benefit the group down the road.”