Norwin win key in race for WPIAL playoff spot
The Plum varsity boys tennis team almost assured themselves of a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA team playoffs out of Section 1 with its 4-1 victory Friday at Norwin.
The Mustangs' win over the Knights was their fourth in a row after a pair of tough losses to section leaders Penn-Trafford and Franklin Regional last month.
The top four teams from each section advance to the team playoffs, tentatively set to begin next Wednesday.
The top two teams from the 16-team WPIAL field will advance to states.
The pairings are expected to be released Monday.
Franklin Regional, Latrobe and Penn-Trafford already had clinched playoff spots, and the three teams entered this week in a battle for the section championship.
Plum was to host Hempfield on Wednesday in a section match. The contest between the Spartans and Mustangs was to be played past the deadline for this week's edition.
Plum's section finale is set for Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Latrobe.
Carson France and Jason Kuhn, the Section 1-AAA doubles tournament third-place team, advanced to Monday's WPIAL playoffs at The Club in Monroeville.
The Plum duo, seeded 10th, met Pine-Richland's Ben Vinarski and Sid Iyer in the first round, and Vinarski and Iyer moved on with a 10-1 victory.
The Rams duo then was upended by No. 2 seed Dan Bendel and Charlie Strohl from Mt. Lebanon in the quarterfinals.
France and Kuhn clinched a spot at WPIALs when they won their first two matches at the Section 1 tournament on April 13.
The top four teams from the section advanced to WPIALs.
France and Kuhn suffered a semifinal loss to eventual champions Rochan Ramesh and Connor Warwick from Franklin Regional, 6-2, 6-0, but they bounced back in the consolation final with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 victory over Penn-Trafford's Anthony Iovino and Tim Seaman.
Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.