Roundup: Yurovsky moves into WPIAL final
For the second straight year, Plum sophomore Ronit Yurovsky will meet Latrobe's Joelle Kissell in the WPIAL Class AAA girls tennis singles championship.
The girls will play for the title at 2:30 p.m. today at Norwin High School.
Both players advanced to this year's final by storming through the bracket Thursday afternoon at Norwin.
Yurovsky overcame a tough semifinal match against rival Sarah Perelman of Shady Side Academy, the player she lost to in the section championship.
Yurovsky trailed 5-3 in the first set and 5-1 in the second, but still came away with a 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3) victory.
"I'm a slow starter and I'm good at fighting back and that's usually the best part of my game," Yurovsky said. "I don't try to do it, I don't try to get down, but it happens. I didn't really think about the score, but just took it point by point and came back."
Kissell, a senior, defeated Yurovsky, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5 in last year's final.
Brennan out early
Valley's Courtney Brennan and Burrell's Alina Phillips and Hannah Feroce were eliminated from the WPIAL Class AA singles tournament at North Allegheny.
Each girl lost in the first round.
Brennan, a sophomore, is the two-time Section 4-AA champion.
Kiski Area 2, Norwin 1
Kiski Area (5-3-1, 3-0-1) knocked off another notable opponent in Section 1-AAA and surged into first place with a victory over the Knights (5-3-1, 3-1).
Austin Lange and Nate Stolarski scored goals in the win, while goalkeeper Aaron Ballish made seven saves.
Riverview 3, Aquinas Academy 0
Patrick Garabay had a pair of goals and goalie Brandon Clites made six saves for the Raiders (3-4, 2-2) in a Section 2-A win.
Burrell 2, East Allegheny 0
Burrell (7-2, 4-1) posted its fifth straight victory as Vinny Riddle and Michael Clear each found the net in the Section 1-AA win.
Knoch 8, Highlands 0
Joe McDaniel, one of seven goal-scorers for Knoch (4-4, 4-1), had two goals to lead the Knights to an easy Section 2-AA win.
Springdale 4, Hollidaysburg 2
Brittany Loveland had two goals, while Alexa Sarsfield and Cayley Perrett each had one for Springdale (6-0).
Highlands 7, Woodland Hills 0
Four different players scored for Highlands, including freshman Natalie Richards, who had three goals and an assist.
Apollo-Ridge 3, Burrell 2
Hannah Shaffer had 28 service points and 13 kills to help Apollo-Ridge (4-3, 3-3) post a Section 6-AA win over Burrell (1-4, 1-4).
Morgan Henderson had 20 digs and 14 service points for Burrell.
Valley 3, Deer Lakes 1
Carly Bonk had nine digs as Valley (1-7, 1-5) posted its first victory of the season in a Section 6-AA match.
Freeport 3, Ford City 0
Alissa Vigliotti had 17 service points and five blocks as Freeport (5-0, 5-0) rolled past Ford City in a Section 6-AA match.