Tennis

Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley tennis teams look to return to postseason
August 28, 2017
The Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley girls tennis teams are in the same boat. Each must replace starters who helped them to the 2016 WPIAL

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Fox Chapel tennis eyes continued success
August 27, 2017
Alex Slezak enters his ninth season as coach of the Fox Chapel girls tennis team, and he's feeling optimistic about this season. Last year, the

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Norwin’s Santilli set to begin tennis title defense
August 21, 2017
Norwin senior Maria Santilli will be striving for perfection again as a member of the Knights girls tennis team. Santilli did not drop a set

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Fox Chapel girls tennis will have tougher path to playoffs in 2017
August 20, 2017
Coming off its deepest postseason run in a dozen years, Fox Chapel's chances at a repeat performance became more difficult. The Foxes, who advanced to

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With strong 1-2 singles players, Shaler girls tennis aiming for playoff spot
August 13, 2017
There's healthy competition throughout the varsity lineup for Shaler girls tennis coach Brian Duermeyer. In singles, there's a battle for the top spot. For doubles,

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Carlynton welcomes Bishop Canevin for girls tennis co-op
August 5, 2017
Bishop Canevin and Carlynton tend to be fierce rivals. From basketball to soccer to baseball, a win means bragging rights. But when the girls tennis

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Fox Chapel & Sewickley Academy Boys WPIAL Tennis Champs Again
April 28, 2017
One of the longest championship dynasty's in WPIAL history continued on Thursday as Sewickley Academy swept past Indiana 5-0 to win the WPIAL Class 2-A boys team tennis title. The championship is the 13th in a row for the Panthers and 21 of the last 24 2-A crowns since their first district championship in 1993. While it pales in comparison, Fox Chapel won their second straight Class 3-A title with a victory over top-seed Peters Township. Here are ALL of the final results from the 2017 WPIAL Boys Team Tennis Playoffs. 2017 WPIAL CLASS 3-A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Fox Chapel Foxes 4 - Peters Township Indians 1 WPIAL CLASS 3-A Semifinals:

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MSA Sports Top 25 WPIAL Stories of 2016 Recap
January 4, 2017
It case you missed it, here is a look at our annual end of the year countdown of top stories or events from around the WPIAL. As we begin 2017, we look back at some of the top stories from around the WPIAL in calendar year 2016 with the entire countdown. #25 - CROSS-COUNTRY RUN ENDS

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MSA Sports Top 25 WPIAL Stories of 2016 – #15 through #11
December 31, 2016
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holiday season here at the MSA Sports Network. As we close out 2016 and another great high school sports year, we look back at some of the top stories from around the WPIAL in calendar year 2016. We continue our countdown with #15 through #11. #15 - BRIDESMAIDS NO MORE

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Norwin’s Santilli & Fox Chapel’s Nord/James Win State Tennis Titles
November 5, 2016
Three WPIAL tennis players were able to win Class 3-A state titles Saturday at the 2016 PIAA Girls Singles and Doubles Tennis Championships at the Hershey Racquet Club. While district players were shut out of the medal chanse in Class 2-A, Maria Santili of Norwin won  the PIAA 3-A singles title while Amanda Nord and Charlotte James of Fox Chapel cruised to the PIAA 3-A double championship. Norwin's Santili a junior won 6-4 6-4 over Eliza Askarova from George Washington. Up until the finals, Santili had only lost 9 total games in 6 sets and reached the finals rather easily. She was tested Saturday in a close match but brought home a PIAA state singles title.

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North Allegheny and Beaver Settle for State Silver in Girls Tennis
October 30, 2016
A WPIAL girls team tennis squad had won ten consecutive Class 3-A state crowns including three in a row for North Allegheny. That decade of dominance ended Saturday though when the Tigers shot at a fourth straight state crown came up short when they fell to Harriton. Meanwhile, the drought continues for WPIAL schools in Class 2-A with only one state champion ever (Sewickley Academy in 2011). Beaver made it interesting as the WPIAL champs reached the finals for a second straight year only to fall to Wyomissing. The title for Harriton was the Rams first in 3-A and 8th overall while Wyomissing wins fifth PIAA title and first for the Spartans since 2003. Here are ALL the results from the 2016 PIAA Girls Team Tennis State Playoffs.

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Nord & James of Fox Chapel and Heckert & McLaughlin of Indiana Win WPIAL Tennis Doubles Crowns
October 20, 2016
Last year, Amanda Nord and Laurel Shymansky of Fox Chapel beat Tina Li and Ashley Huang of North Allegheny to win the WPIAL Class AAA girls doubles tennis title. This year, Nord and new partner Charlotte James did it again, as they beat the top-seed duo of Li and Huang to win the 2016 WPIAL Girls Doubles Tennis Class 3-A crowns on Friday. In 2-A, Kelsey Heckert and Katie McLaughlin beat Indiana teammates Margaux Marcus and Lauren Bertig to claim 2-A gold. Here are ALL of the results from the two day 2016 WPIAL Girls Doubles Tennis Championships. 2016 WPIAL CLASS 3-A GIRLS DOUBLES TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Amanda Nord and Charlotte James (Fox Chapel) over Tina Li and Ashley Huang (North Allegheny) 6-2, 6-4

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Norwin’s Santilli and OLSH’s Marks Win WPIAL Girls Singles Tennis Crowns
October 14, 2016
Two new champions were crowned Friday afternoon at Moon High School at the 2016 WPIAL Girls Singles Tennis Championships. Maria Santilli of Norwin beat Marlo Schiffman of Upper St. Clair 6-3, 6-2 in a very competitive 3-A title match with many good rallies. Santilli, who was in command in both sets, controlled play from the baseline and showed a lot of emotion in the straight set victory. Schiffman, only a freshman, will be in contention for WPIAL gold the next three years. in the Class 2-A Finals, Katherine Marks of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart knocked off Elle Santora of Knoch 6-3, 6-1. Top-seed Marks trailed 2-1 early in first set, but then won 10 straight games at one point.

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Scholastic Notebook
At least in two respects, there has never been a fall sports season like this at Derry Area High School. The Derry football team is perfect and the girls soccer team is headed to the postseason. No one has ever been able to say those two things before. Derry’s football team is 7-0. The last time Derry was 7-0 was 1983. That year, the Trojans lost their eighth game to Greensburg Central Catholic. Derry will try to go 8-0 with a win against Ellwood City Friday. Derry has never had a regular season with a perfect record. Derry Township had a perfect record in the 1930s, but that was before the school merged with Derry Borough to form Derry Area.

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North Allegheny & Beaver Are WPIAL Girls Tennis Champs Again
October 6, 2016
North Allegheny captured a fourth straight WPIAL 3-A girls team tennis crown Wednesday while Beaver was able to repeat as district 2-A champions. The Tigers four-peat was a nail biter, as they edged Mount Lebanon 3-2 at Sewickley Academy. Meanwhile the Bobcats postseason dominance continued as they outscored their four opponents 19-1 after sweeping past Neshannock 5-0 at North Allegheny High School. Here are ALL but two of the results from the 2016 WPIAL Girls Team Tennis Championships. The two consolation matches are Thursday. 2016 WPIAL GIRLS TEAM TENNIS CLASS 3-A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: North Allegheny Tigers 3 - Mount Lebanon Blue Devils 2 WPIAL CLASS 3-A Consolation:

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Nina Barbano
October 3, 2016
Competing in tennis at the college level requires tremendous talent, and doing so at a high level in both singles and doubles is even more impressive. That's exactly what Nina Barbano, a former standout at Bethel Park, is now doing for Slippery Rock's program. For that reason, she's the feature of this week's WPIAL Alum Q&A. With the Black Hawks, Barbano was a four-time letterwinner on the court. The diminutive player enjoyed individual accolades, but also helped Bethel Park reach the team postseason each year during her tenure.

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MSA SPORTS CUP RESULTS – Sewickley Kings of Single-A Again
July 12, 2016
Sewickley Academy is once again on top of the Class A standings in the chase for the MSA Sports Cup after leapfrogging defending champ Greensburg Central Catholic. In fact, the Panthers and Centurions have been tagging in for titles the last five years with GCC winning in 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 and SA claiming the Cup in 201--2011, 2013-2014 and now in 2015-2016.  The championship for Sewickley Academy is the schools 9th in 13 years of the competition and was aided greatly by district and state championships in boys golf and boys tennis along with WPIAL crowns in boys cross-country and boys soccer.

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MSA SPORTS CUP RESULTS – A New Champ Wins Double-A
July 9, 2016
For only the fifth time in the thirteen years of the MSA Sports Cup Class AA chase, the torch has been passed to a new champion. Greensburg Central Catholic won the first three years, followed by a five year run by Shady Side Academy and three of the last four years the AA Cup has gone to Quaker Valley with a one year run at the top by Seton-LaSalle two years ago. Now the AA crown is coming to Beaver County thanks to Beaver High School. After a couple of close calls in recent years, the Bobcats were lifted to the top spot in part because of district championships won in each season...girls tennis in the fall, ice hockey in the winter and a second straight WPIAL title in girls track & field in the spring.

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MSA SPORTS CUP RESULTS – SF Three-peats in Triple-A
July 7, 2016
In the first ten years of the MSA Sports Cup, while there were a couple of dominating schools in the other three classifications, the chase for the Class AAA Cup had been up for grabs with eight different schools earning The Cup. However in the last three years of the season long competition, Triple-A has become the pride of the Lions. After finishing as the runner-up in 2012-2013, South Fayette has staked its claim on top in Class AAA as the Lions are the first school in this classification to win a third consecutive MSA Sports Cup.

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MSA SPORTS CUP RESULTS – NA Remains Perfect in Quad-A
July 6, 2016
Another school year is in the books and another MSA Sports Cup in Class AAAA is headed to North Allegheny High School. NA captured the schools 13th Cup in 13 years since the MSA Sports Network started this school year long competition to determine the top sports programs in each classification. There are 20 sports in which schools can earn points in the competition and the Tigers earned points in 18 of them. While it was not the highest point total or largest margin of victory, North Allegheny still cruised to their final Quad-A Sports Cup as they will move up to 6-A starting this fall. The second place school finished 430 points behind NA.

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