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NORTH ALLEGHENY VARSITY
BOYS' TENNIS

**SECTION CHAMPIONS**

TIGERS' SEASON ENDS WITH 3-2 LOSS TO CENTRAL CATHOLIC IN QUARTERFINALS

The Tigers Tennis Squad successful 2011 campaign came to an end Tuesday afternoon on the NASH courts as Central Catholic narrowly defeated the Tigers 3-2 in the WPIAL Team Quarterfinals.  The Tigers controlled the doubles matches but the Vikings controlled the singles matches, giving them the one point margin of victory needed to advance to the semi-finals.  Congratulations to seniors Bennett Salvatora, Mike Palmeri and Alex Lapiana for their service and dedication to the Tigers tennis program.  A special acknowledgement goes out to the remaining starters for their strong play all season long, led by junior s Chris Lippiello, Steve Klein and Will Suhrie along with freshmen Kevin Goth and Steve Chuirazzi.  The super subs, juniors  Phil Krassenstein, and Anish Manocha plus sophomores Connor Goodman and Kevin Zhu, filled in at critical junctures all year long for the Tigers.  With a 12-0 Section 2 record and championship, along with a 15-2 overall season record, the Tigers look to build upon their 2011 experience and  fashion another title contender for the 2012 season.

MATCH SUMMARY
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3   NORTH ALLEGHENY 2

Singles
#1  Mike Santa Lucia (CC) def. Chris Lippiello (NA) 6-0, 6-0
#2  Adam Blasinsky (CC) def. Bennett Salvatora (NA) 6-3, 6-1
#3  Ross Molinaro (CC) def. Kevin Goth (NA) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles
#1  Will Suhrie/Steve Klein (NA) def. Spencer Bergstein/Kevin Wlahofsky (CC) 7-5, 6-2
#2  Mike Palmeri/Alex Lapiana (NA) def. Graham Sides/Teddy Larkin (CC) 6-2, 6-4

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WPIAL TENNIS - 2011

The Tigers will compete again in the WPIAL in Class AAA along with 34 other teams.  The WPIAL will advance two singles players, two sets of doubles teams, and two teams to the PIAA tournament.  Section play must be completed by May 2, 2011.

The top three teams in each section will enter the WPIAL Tournament.  All playoff entries will be determined by section record only and will be determined by the best section won/lost record.  Teams that tie for first place will not have the tie broken and ALL of the tied teams will be declared section champions, will receive a section winner's plaque, and will be entered into the WPIAL tournament.  If three or more teams tie for first place, only those teams will qualify for the playoffs.

In the event of a multiple team tie (two or more teams) for a playoff position, head-to-head competition will be the first determinant.  If head-to head does not break the tie, the following tiebreaking system will be used.  If three or more teams are tied for second place and the tie breaking system identifies one team as the second place team, the remaining teams will be then tied for thir place and the process begins all over with head-to-head competition begin the first determinant for establishing a third place team.  If a tie cannot be broken all tied teams will enter the playoffs.

TIE-BREAKING SYSTEM

1.  Section won-lost records of the tied teams will be compiled.
2.  The team with the best numerical head-to-head section record among the tied teams will enter post-season play.
3.  If the tie cannot clearly be broken, all tied teams will enter post-season play.

In all section matches and WPIAL regular season competition, the seven-man team concept will be followed.  Each team will have three singles players and two teams of doubles players for each match.  No player can participate in both singles and doubles on the same day.  A player can be changed from singles play on one day to doubles play for the next.  All teams must field a minimum of six players.  Failure to field six players will result in a forfeit victory for the opponent, provided they have at least six players ready to play.  In one team has six players and the opponent has seven, the third singles match is forfeited and all other matches play.  If both teams have only six players, play will be at first and second singles and both doubles.  If the team match ends in a tie, a USTA twelve point tie breaker will be played between the first singles players (for that day) to determine the team winner.  No substitutes will be permitted in the tiebreaker.

Coaches must play their best player of the three singles players designated for each match at the number one singles position, second best at number two, and third best at number three.  The same format must also be used in placing doubles teams in the lineup.  If injury or illness should occur before a match the player will be "moved up" to the next highest position in the lineup and the substitute player will take the lowest spot remaining.  Forfeits will be awarded only in case of injuries or illness after a match has started.  Once THE WRITTEN LINEUP has been presented the same players must play at those positions.  Inability of a competitor to play will result in a forfeit.

When possible, postponed matches must be played in order of postponement and scheduled on the first common open date.  Make up WPIAL section matches must have preference over exhibition matches, JV and junior high matches.  When possible, all matches postponed during the first half of the season must be rescheduled and played prior to the beginning of the second half (April 6).  If a conflict results because of abuse of this rule, the WPIAL will resolve it.  All league games must be completed by May 2, 2011.

Scoring will be traditional - the best of three sets.  If the score reaches "six-all" in any set, a twelve-point tiebreaker shall determine a winner in that set.  This system must be followed in all section matches and WPIAL playoffs.

CLASS AAA - 35 TEAMS

SECTION 1 SECTION 2 SECTION 3
Connellsville NORTH ALLEGHENY Central Catholic
Franklin Regional Butler Fox Chapel
Hempfield Central Valley Gateway
Kiski North Hills Penn Hills
Latrobe Pine-Richland Plum
Norwin Seneca Valley Shady Side Academy*
Penn Trafford Shaler Woodland Hills
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SECTION 4 - SECTION 5
Baldwin - Bethel Park
Canon McMillan - Chartiers Valley
McKeesport - Fort Cherry (C)
Montour - Moon
Mt. Lebanon - Peters Twp.
Upper St. Clair - Ringgold
West Mifflin - Trinity

* - Playing up
C - Cooperative sponsorship

 

                                                                                                                      

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