Underclassmen steal spotlight at WPIAL tennis tournament

By:
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | 12:30 AM


A youth movement is afoot at the WPIAL boys tennis singles tournament this week.

A freshman, two sophomores and just one senior advanced to the finals as the Class 3A and 2A tournaments began Tuesday.

In Class 2A, top-seeded freshman Austin He of Winchester Thurston rolled to the championship match, dropping a total of three games in two matches. He topped fifth-seeded John Rohrkaste of Montour in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-0.

Sophomore Severin Harmon of Sewickley Academy, the second seed, was almost as dominant, dropping a total of four games en route to the finals. He defeated third-seeded Jackson Gillespie of Aquinas Academy in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-1.

He will face Harmon for the WPIAL championship and Rohrkaste will face Gillespie for third place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Park. The top four finishers in Class 2A advance to the state tournament.

In Class 3A, the lone senior standing is second-seeded Anthony Lounder of Moon, who beat third-seeded Zidaan Hassan of Gateway in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-0.

In the other half of the draw, fourth-seeded sophomore Devin Collier of Bethel Park advanced to the finals when ninth-seeded senior Manas Kathir of North Allegheny retired in the second set of the semifinals. Collier was leading, 6-2, 2-1.

In the quarterfinals, Kathir knocked off top-seeded sophomore Adam Memije of Gateway, 10-4.

Lounder and Collier will square off for the title at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Park. Hassan will be awarded third place in a walkover due to Kathir’s injury.

More High School Sports

Hempfield East Legion looking to build on historic season
Notable changes to the 2024-25 WPIAL boys golf alignment
Young Township seeking return to American Legion league regionals
PIAA to appeal Beaver County judge’s decision that kept Aliquippa in 4A football
Plum set to host inaugural senior all-star softball game