Sewickley Academy tennis players refocus for individual tournament
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The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team will be well represented at the PIAA Class AA individual championships to be held Friday and Saturday in Hershey.
Seniors Samantha Gohh and Sydney Miggantz, the WPIAL champion and runner-up, respectively, will compete in singles. Seniors Amy Cheng and Jappmann Monga, WPIAL doubles champions, also will play.
But as much as coach Whitney Snyder would like to see the girls win, he said victories will be small consolation for the Panthers' loss in the semifinals of the state team championship.
“Everything is team-related,” Snyder said. “You play (section and WPIAL) singles and doubles championships so you're ready for team tournaments.”
Sewickley Academy, the WPIAL runner-up, lost to Mercyhurst Prep, 4-1, in the PIAA semifinals.
Sewickley Academy's only win came in first singles, which Mercyhurst Prep forfeited in the second set so its player would be rested for the final later in the day.
The Panthers, who were seeking their second PIAA title in three years, lost in second singles, 6-0, 6-4; third singles, 6-1, 6-0; first doubles, 6-1, 6-4; and second doubles, 6-0, 6-3.
In addition to individual state qualifiers, sophomore Lauren Ritz (third singles) and senior Sydney Joseph and junior Riley Roberts (second doubles) played.
Quaker Valley coach Christi Hays, whose team lost to Mercyhurst Prep in the first round, wasn't surprised by the outcome. Quaker Valley lost to Sewickley Academy twice in Section 6-AA play.
“Mercyhurst Prep was by far the best team we faced all year,” Hays said.
Cheng said she and Monga look forward to redeeming themselves at the PIAA doubles championship.
Quaker Valley finished third in the WPIAL, and qualified for the state tournament.
“It was a rebuilding year,” senior Isa Hubsch said. “We would have liked to have gone to Hershey, but to have made it to Erie (for a first-round match) was an accomplishment.”
“To be one of the top 16 teams in the state is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Hays, in her first year as coach.
Besides Hubsch, seniors Caroline Steliotes, Emily Veeck, Lydia Sopp and Emma McCormish, as well as sophomores Farrah Bojalad and Emily Kraus, competed.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.
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