North Allegheny wins PIAA Class AAA tennis title

Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 11:12 PM

North Allegheny avenged its 2016 PIAA Class AAA finals loss to Harriton by defeating Harriton, 4-1, for the 2017 title at Hershey Racquet Club.

“We were planning all season long to return to states since the first day of camp,” coach Michelle Weniger said. “Harriton was a strong and young team, so I knew every line had to play some strong tennis.

“We were thrilled to come out on top this year. It was a very solid win, and the bus ride home is a lot more enjoyable. It's a really good feeling, and it has been a really good couple days in Hershey.”

The Tigers won all three singles matches and won the second doubles match. Ava Catanzarite won first singles, 6-1, 6-4, and Ashley Huang (6-2, 6-2) and Rebekah Rest (7-6 (6), 6-4) won second and third singles, respectively. Katherine Ambrose and Riya Yadev teamed to win second doubles, 6-2, 6-1.

North Allegheny advanced to the finals after defeating Mt. Lebanon, 3-0, in the semifinals earlier Saturday with wins by Catanzarite, Huang and Rest.

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