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Sewickley Academy adds doubles title to list of season accomplishments

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Jappmann Monga hits the ball as doubles partner Amy Cheng watches in the frontcourt. The duo won the WPIAL Class AA girls doubles tournament finals Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at North Allegheny High School. The pair defeated Beaver's Moriah Bridges and Mattie Taylor 6-2, 6-2.

As Sewickley Academy's Amy Cheng and Jappmann Monga faced Beaver's Moriah Bridges and Mattie Taylor for the WPIAL Class AA doubles tennis title, the North Allegheny marching band stormed by in full force.

While it was a test of their concentration, the Panthers duo was prepared and battled through the distraction en route to a second straight doubles crown.

“Last year we played here, too, so we're used to the surroundings,” Monga said. “We just kept our focus and zoned out everything else.”

Cheng and Monga defeated the Bobcats' pair, 6-2, 6-2. While the Sewickley Academy duo dominated the opening set, Bridges and Taylor opened up the second set 2-0.

“We were confident we would come back,” Cheng said. “We always kept a positive attitude. I think that helped us.”

The Panthers seniors regrouped and won six straight games to win the set and their second straight WPIAL title.

“They played very disciplined tennis,” Sewickley Academy coach Whitney Snyder said. “They played high percentage tennis. The Beaver team are two excellent players. I think our girls didn't try to do too much.”

Cheng and Monga will move onto the PIAA doubles tournament, scheduled to start Oct. 22 with the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals taking place Oct. 25-26 at the Hershey Racquet Club.

The duo made the tournament last season, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to Scranton Prep's Kendra Croker and Grace Reilly, 6-1, 6-2. The experience has the Panthers seniors wanting more in 2013.

“We have worked really hard and want to go further than last year at Hershey,” Monga said. “We have gotten more comfortable and have good chemistry. It is really good to have not only your best friend on the court but a good player who knows your strengths and weaknesses. We complement each other so well.”

The win by Cheng and Monga at the WPIAL tournament added to an already loaded list of Sewickley Academy tennis accomplishments. Teammate Samantha Gohh captured the WPIAL Class AA singles title, and fellow Panther Sidney Miggantz finished as the WPIAL runner-up.

Snyder hopes his players' success in the individual tournaments will transition into success for the team tournament, which gets under way this week.

“We have a senior dominated team,” Snyder said. “All these individual tournaments are good practice for the team tournament. I am proud of what all these girls are accomplishing.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at nsmith@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.

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