Pair of singles players, doubles team from WPIAL remain in PIAA tennis title hunt
Friday, May 26, 2023 | 9:38 PM
Two singles players and a doubles team from the WPIAL remain in contention for a championship after the first day of the PIAA boys tennis championships in Hershey.
In Class 2A singles, He, the WPIAL champ, rolled through a pair of matches in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, he beat District 12 champ Ajay Sheth of Masterman, 6-4, 6-3. Harmon, the WPIAL runner-up, won a three-set battle with District 4 champ Eddie Monaco of Lewisburg, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, in the quarterfinals.
Aquinas Academy junior Jackson Gillespie lost in the first round.
In Class 2A doubles, runners-up Josh Havrilla and August Lawrence of Latrobe were the only WPIAL team to make it out of the first round. Havrilla and Lawrence beat District 5 champs Tristen Ruffley and Hunter Beard of Bedford, 6-4, 6-1, before falling in the quarterfinals.
In Class 3A doubles, Memije and Hassan, the WPIAL champs, picked up a pair of straight-sets victories to reach the semifinals. They dispatched District 1 runners-up Jack Barrickman and Ryan Megil of Unionville, 6-4, 6-4, in the quarters.
Allderdice’s Deniz Finkel and Ian Kuchera, meanwhile, beat Basil Lubiniecki and Francis Quin of Conestoga in the first round before bowing out in the quarterfinals.
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