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Fox Chapel girls reflect on successful tennis season

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Fox Chapel tennis player Laurel Shemansky wins singles match over Plum.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Laurel Shymansky (rear) and her doubles partner Lacey Cohen (front) of Fox Chapel won the WPIAL Class AAA girls doubles tennis title at North Allegheny High School on Thursday, October 3, 2013, over North Allegheny's Maddy Adams and Anni Li.

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 mstewart@tribweb.com.

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