Mt. Lebanon's Frey, Sewickley Academy's Gohh win WPIAL tennis titles
Sewickley Academy's Samantha Gohh and Mt. Lebanon's Callie Frey played two dominant sets apiece to win WPIAL singles titles for girls tennis Thursday afternoon at North Allegheny.
It just took each about an hour to get started.
Both rallied from disastrous first sets to take the second and third in decisive fashion. Gohh was a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 winner over teammate Sidney Miggantz in Class AA. Frey downed Pine-Richland's Marlys Bridgham in Class AAA, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Frey's title was her second straight after last year's win over Upper St. Clair's Megan Adamo broke a 29-year drought for Mt. Lebanon that dated back to Kelly Kolankiewicz winning in 1983.
“The first set I was really tired,” said Frey, who has won four consecutive Section 4-AAA titles. “Then the second set, when I started hitting winners, I started to feel better and get more confidence.”
Frey was passive in the first set and wound up making several unforced errors; four consecutive miscues gave Bridgham a 5-2 edge after the seventh game.
Frey opened the second set by winning an extended game with a beautiful, forehand smash to beat a retreating Bridgham.
Frey extended her lead to 5-1 with yet another forehand winner, which flipped the momentum of the match.
“She came out swinging, and I wasn't prepared for it,” Bridgham said. “I backed off a little bit.”
Frey jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the final set, and Bridgham wasn't able to answer.
Frey, Bridgham and Franklin Regional's Natalia Perry, a 6-0, 6-4 winner of Pine-Richland's Yvon Martinez in the Class AAA consolation match, advanced to the PIAA singles tournament Nov. 1-2 at Hershey Racquet Club.
Frey will be trying to win a PIAA title after finishing second last fall.
Gohh, Miggantz and Michaela Kluska of Greensburg Central Catholic will go to Hershey after Kluska advanced following a forfeit by her older sister, Alyvia.
Miggantz fought through a right-ankle injury that was made worse during Wednesday's semifinal win over Kluska, but the pain became too much in the second and third sets.
Gohh waited it out and capitalized, breezing through the second set before Frey and Gohh, their games revived, walked off winners within minutes of each other.
“There's a lot at stake,” Gohh said. “Obviously we're both going to states already, but (winning a WPIAL title) is really the goal.”