What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 11, 2022: WPIAL team tennis champs look to repeat
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 1:26 AM
The last of the district boys tennis gold will be handed out Wednesday.
The WPIAL crowned champions in boys singles tennis along with boys doubles. Now it’s time for the team tennis titles to be decided.
Both defending champions from a year ago have reached the finals and are looking to repeat.
Last year, the Bulldogs beat the Panthers in the finals. This season, SSA knocked out FR in the semifinals, 3-2.
While the Bulldogs will be trying to win an eighth boys team tennis crown, the Foxes are hoping to capture gold for a fifth time after the program won four straight championships between 2016-2019.
The Quakers beat the Trojans in the 2021 semifinals, 4-1.
QV is trying for a third WPIAL team tennis title while NC has never won team tennis gold.
The 2A finals are set for a 2 p.m. start.
Both championship events will be held at Janet L. Swanson Tennis Center at Washington & Jefferson College.
Less than 24 hours before the WPIAL softball steering committee gathers to put together the playoff brackets, two district teams have a chance to join the upcoming postseason party.
An Eagles upset of the Talbots would force a tie for fourth place between Hampton and Mars and both teams split their two regular season meetings, thus both teams would qualify.
Also in 5A, Plum clinched a playoff berth with a big victory over Penn Hills on Tuesday. If the Mustangs knock off winless Woodland Hills on Wednesday, they would eliminate rival Penn Hills from the playoff chase.
Desperate lads of lax
Two district boys lacrosse teams have a chance to earn a playoff berth with a win on Wednesday.
However, a loss would make them spectators for the upcoming WPIAL lacrosse playoffs.
While the Raiders have already clinched, the Vikings need a win to move them ahead of Fox Chapel and into the sixth and final playoff spot. A loss keeps the Vikings tied with the Foxes and Fox Chapel would win the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Hempfield is in the same situation in Section 1-3A.
The Spartans need to pull off the big upset of section champion Mt. Lebanon in order to finish alone in sixth place.
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