Sewickley seniors moving on at PIAA finals
HERSHEY — A week after becoming the first WPIAL Class AA girls tennis squad to capture the state team championship, Sewickley Academy is taking a hard swing at singles and doubles honors.
On Friday, senior Eva Sung and the tandem of seniors Logan Antill and Caroline Ross earned berths in today's semifinals of the PIAA Class AA championships at Hershey Racquet Club.
In the quarterfinals, Sung out-lasted Lower Moreland's Madison Cohen, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2). Antill and Ross cruised by Westmont Hilltop's Brittany Carney and Hannah Gleason, 6-1, 6-1.
Sewickley Academy has never produced a state singles or doubles winner.
"It's an honor to represent our school," said Sung, who has applied to West Point and plans to play tennis for Army. "Being the first (WPIAL Class AA team) to win a state title was great. Now, we're trying for more."
The tournaments conclude Saturday. The Class AA semifinals are at 9 a.m., and the Class AA final and third-place match is 1 p.m. The Class AAA semifinals will start at 11 a.m., with the final and third-place match at 3 p.m.
Sung has a tough semifinal opponent. Blocking her road is two-time defending state champion Julia Casselbury, a senior at Lancaster Country Day. Antill and Ross will face Harriton's Rachel Benstock and Marni Blumenthal in the semis.
In Class AAA, Plum senior Ronit Yurovsky continued her quest to repeat as the PIAA singles champion. She defeated Wissahickon's Maureen Devlin in the first round and Erie McDowell's Adrianna Jeffress in the quarterfinals by the same score (6-2, 6-1).
"Getting the first day out of the way is the best feeling," Yurovsky said. "I feel confident."
Also advancing to the Class AAA semis were Pine-Richland senior Taylor Perz, the Mt. Lebanon team of sophomore Callie Frey and junior Annie Baich and the Peters Township tandem of sophomore Stephanie Smith and freshman Sara Komer.
In the first round of Class AA singles, Wyomissing's Audrey Ann Blakely, the District 3 runner-up, rallied to edge Brownsville senior and WPIAL champion Sarah Shashura, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (6).