The Shady Side Academy tennis team is unbeaten with the season half over, and coach Tom Mercer is guardedly optimistic.
“It's great to be undefeated, and I thought that we would be good this year,” Mercer said. “My concern is that, aside from Fox Chapel, we really haven't played any of the big schools yet like North Allegheny, Mt. Lebanon and Peters Township.
“All three of those teams are very strong. I'm trying to schedule a match with a bigger school before the season ends. It would definitely help us before the playoffs.
“I believe that we'll definitely be in the mix for a championship, and we should go to states.”
The Indians had a strong nucleus of returning players, and the experience helped the team get off to a strong start.
“We didn't lose much to graduation, and all of the players came back a year better,” Mercer said. “We have good depth and experience up and down the lineup, and we're expecting a strong showing in the WPIAL and PIAA tournaments.”
The Indians are led by three sophomores at the three singles slots: Ananya Dua, Emma Perelman and Lindsey Miller.
Seniors Liza Plakseychuk and Amanda Murphy are playing No. 1 doubles, and senior Maddy Mordoh and freshman Devin Gramley play No. 2 doubles.
Junior Mara Barron and sophomore Maria Jovin bolster the Indians' depth.
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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