Fox Chapel girls reflect on successful tennis season
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The Fox Chapel girls tennis team saw its season come to a close Oct. 14 as it fell to Peters Township, 3-2, in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals.
“That was a tough loss,” FC coach Alex Slezak said. “We came incredibly close to getting past the tipping point and advancing to the semis. It was especially tough for Kelly Friday, one of our seniors, who gave it her all at No. 3 singles before falling 7-5, 7-6.”
The Foxes ended up with a 15-4 record and along with Friday will lose seniors Elsa Lagerquist, Kaitlyn Schaffer and Emily Katz.
“I would say that this season was a success,” Slezak said. “We gave our best effort to become the best we could be. We'll be losing four of our seven starters, so we will have to refocus our efforts as a team for next season.”
Slezak spoke of his departing seniors.
“I have spent four years with this particular group, and I hope I have been able to teach them valuable life lessons in our time together on the court,” Slezak said. “If I have done that, I know I have been successful in my coaching. Their graduation will free up a lot of room on the varsity squad next year, and we have been grooming players to take these roles and I look forward to seeing what these players do with an opportunity to break out.”
Sophomores Laurel Shymansky and Lacey Cohen now prepare for the PIAA Class AAA doubles tournament to be held Nov. 1.
Two weeks ago, the pair claimed the WPIAL Class AAA doubles crown.
“Their goal there is to be successful in terms of being the best they can be,” Slezak said. “That success, like all success, comes with preparation and we will be at Hershey Racquet Club on Halloween practicing and putting in the time necessary to be successful.”
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Thomas Jefferson girls tennis team gearing for share of section title
- Valley tennis team motto no joke for opposition
- Jeannette senior finding her serve during 1st tennis season
- Alle-Kiski Valley preview: Class AA and AAA WPIAL tennis singles championships
- Derry tennis hitting stride in Section 3
- Shady Side Academy’s Dua wins WPIAL Class AAA title; GCC sisters find forfeit deal in Class AA