ShareThis Page
Tennis

Sewickley Academy girls tennis finishes 3rd in WPIAL

| Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
Members of the Sewickley Academy girls tennis team include, in front, from left, captains Caroline Becker and Emily Ward; in back, assistant coach Al Novak, Olivia McLeod, Lydia Elste, Morgan Recker, McKayla Cox, Ciara Donohue, Alina Mattson and coach Whitney Snyder.
Submitted
Members of the Sewickley Academy girls tennis team include, in front, from left, captains Caroline Becker and Emily Ward; in back, assistant coach Al Novak, Olivia McLeod, Lydia Elste, Morgan Recker, McKayla Cox, Ciara Donohue, Alina Mattson and coach Whitney Snyder.

The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team (13-5) is focusing on the PIAA Class AA tournament after a disappointing showing at the WPIAL championship last week.

The Panthers placed third, the first time since 2008 they did not reach the final.

They downed Indiana, 4-1, in the consolation match after losing to Neshannock, 3-2, in the semifinals.

It was their first loss of the season against a Class AA team. They were Section 4-AA champion.

In earlier rounds, they shut out Mt. Pleasant and Greensburg Central Catholic.

The top three teams advanced to the PIAA tournament that will begin at regional sites Oct. 25.

Beaver beat Neshannock in the final for its second consecutive WPIAL title.

Sewickley Academy coach Whitney Snyder was proud of the way his team bounced back.

Seniors Emily Ward, Caroline Becker and McKayla Cox competed in singles.

Sophomore Alina Mattson and senior Morgan Recker, and juniors Lydia Elste and Olivia McLeod formed doubles combinations.

“(The girls) responded well to the challenge,” Snyder said. “Instead of being demoralized, they were focused.”

Becker, 17, of Sewickley, said a relaxed approach helped.

“We went into (the) consolation match with the goal just to have fun and play our game,” she said.

“After our (semifinal) match, we knew we could learn from our mistakes.”

Ward, 17, who lives in Beaver, did not want the season to end.

“After the semifinal, we were all disappointed,” she said. “We earned that victory after all of the hard work we've put into this season.

“For states, we believe anything can happen, and we're going to take these next two weeks to work on different aspects of all of our games.”

The Panthers have been WPIAL champions four times since 2008, most recently in 2014.

They have reached the PIAA semifinals or final six times in eight seasons, including last year.

They were PIAA champions in 2011.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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.

click me