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Penn-Trafford boys tennis looks to clinch playoff berth

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For the Penn-Trafford Star
Penn-Trafford's Tim Seaman competes at the Section 1-AAA singles tournament on March 31, 2014, at Franklin Regional High School.

The Penn-Trafford boys tennis team again finds itself in the mix for one of the three playoff spots from Section 1-AAA.

Unlike the past three seasons, however, the Warriors are chasing one of those bids from the passenger's seat instead of the driver's seat.

With three matches remaining, Penn-Trafford (9-2, 9-2) was fighting with Hempfield and Franklin Regional for a berth in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. The three teams all were at least two matches behind Latrobe, which was undefeated through Monday's competition.

“We're 9-2 right now, and we're just working really hard,” Penn-Trafford coach Linda Michaux said. “We'll see what happens when the season ends.”

Penn-Trafford won the section each of the past three seasons, posting an undefeated record in 2013. Michaux said the section race was much tighter this season with several teams improved.

“We lost 13 seniors last year,” she said. “I think that there's a lot of parity this year in the section. There's a lot of good teams — Franklin (is good), Norwin is very good, Latrobe and even Hempfield. There's a lot of good teams.”

With the increased competitiveness, Penn-Trafford finds itself playing a lot of tighter matches. Four of the Warriors' first 11 matches were decided by a 3-2 score, and Penn-Trafford split those four matches.

While No. 1 singles player Cullen Price is leading the way, Michaux said the Warriors were also getting good performances from No. 2 singles player Tim Seaman and their doubles teams.

Penn-Trafford was scheduled to host Latrobe on Wednesday, past the deadline for this week's edition. Next week will include the section doubles tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Warriors will close out the regular season with a match at Franklin Regional next Thursday.

Latrobe and Penn-Trafford played a tight match the first time around, with the Wildcats prevailing, 3-2.

“It was a hard-fought match,” Michaux said. “We're looking forward to playing them (again).”

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5830, via email at dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.

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