Sewickley Academy's Ross, Carlynton's Phillips advance to PIAA semifinals
Sewickley Academy's Luke Ross and Carlynton's Luke Phillips could get one more rematch.
The WPIAL's top singles tennis players in Class AA each reached the PIAA semifinals after a pair of victories Friday, and with one more win they will face each other in the championship Saturday afternoon.
The two have played countless times during their high school careers.
This season, Phillips defeated Ross in the Section 4 singles finals, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. Ross returned the favor in the WPIAL finals, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.
First they have to reach the championship match, however.
Ross will play New Hope Solebury's Adrian Roji, while Phillips plays Lancaster Mennonite's William Wanner. Both matches are at 9 a.m. Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.
Also on Friday, Sewickley Academy's Sam Sauter lost his quarterfinal match to Wanner, 6-2, 6-1.
In Class AA doubles on Friday, the Sewickley Academy tandems of Arjan Bedi and Nishant Purewall and Neil Rana and Ryan Gex each won two matches to reach the semifinals. They also could meet in the championship match with semifinal-round wins Saturday morning.
California's John Monroe and Josh Wohar lost to Moravian Academy's Abbhi Sekar and Oliver Scott in the quarterfinals 6-4, 6-4.
In Class AAA, Peters Township freshman Connor Bruce reached the PIAA singles semifinals with a pair of straight-set victories. The WPIAL champion will play Lower Merion's Matt Robinson at 11 a.m. Saturday.
WPIAL runner-up Robby Shymansky from Fox Chapel fell short to Downingtown East's Michael Dickson, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, in the quarterfinals. Obama Academy's Rajan Alagar lost in the first round.
All three local doubles teams were eliminated. Upper St. Clair's Liam Gibbons and Kevin Kwok and Obama Academy's Krishnan Alagar and Sachin Thiagarajan lost in the first round, and Hampton's Ben Ringelsen and Ted Donegan won their first round match before falling in the quarterfinals.