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(5/10/12) The number three seeded Tigers challenged the second seeded Blue Devils in Thursday’s semi-final WPIAL team tournament action, and when the battle ended, Mt. Lebanon took a 3-2 decision to move to the finals Friday afternoon.  The Tigers’ team points were secured by sophomore Kevin Goth routing Peter Hazlett at number one singles while freshman Eric Huang and junior Connor Goodman outlasted Tyler Palumbo and Dane Bendel at number two doubles in a three set thriller.   Three points were not to be for the Tigers who put up a valiant effort during the match held at Sewickley Academy.  Goth controlled Hazlett, the Section 4 singles champion from the outset of the match and maintained the fast pace throughout.  Huang and Goodman split the first two sets then pulled out a third set tie break, all with solid fundamental doubles play.

The Tigers concluded the 2012 campaign with a wide variety of successes, including a second consecutive Section 2 championship with a 12-0 record, an overall season mark of 17-4, and the Section 2 singles champion (and WPIAL quarterfinalist) in sophomore Kevin Goth.  Congratulations to seniors Chris Lippiello, Willie Suhrie, Steve Klein, Phil Krassenstein and John Joseph who served the Tiger program so well.  Also, congratulations are in order to the underclassmen starters, sophomore Stephen Chuirazzi, freshman Eric Huang and junior Connor Goodman for their strong doubles play all season.  The reserve squad, all excellent players in their own right, provided the depth that the Tigers utilized when needed.  Thanks are extended to the following players; Tomas Monti, Kevin Zhu and Erik Liu.  Coach Gliozzi and the squad also offer their thanks and appreciation to the Tiger fans and family who supported them throughout the winning season.  With their depth and new found experience, the Tigers look to be title contenders again in 2013!


WPIAL Team Championships--Semi-Final Round

#1  Kevin Goth (NA) def. Peter Hazlett (Mt. Leb.) 6-1, 6-4
#2  Joel Lankford (Mt. Leb.) def. Chris Lippiello (NA) 6-1, 6-0
#3  Josh Smith (Mt. Leb.) def. Willie Suhrie  (NA) 6-3, 6-2

#1  David Mewkalo/Nick Reese (Mt. Leb.) def. Stephen Chuirazzi/Steve Klein (NA) 6-3, 6-1
#2  Eric Huang/Connor Goodman (NA) def. Tyler Palumbo/Dane Bendel (Mt. Leb.) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4)

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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 1, 2012.

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 third 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.


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 1, 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.


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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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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