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NORTH ALLEGHENY VARSITY
TIGERS FALL TO TOP-SEEDED CONESTOGA IN PIAA TOURNAMENT
(5/18/13) On the road at the Hershey Racquet Club Friday afternoon, the 9th seeded Tigers challenged the #1 seed and two-time defending State Champion Conestoga High School in the PIAA quarterfinal round. When the balls stopped bouncing, the Pioneers defeated the Tigers 3-2 to move on to Saturday’s AAA semi-finals. The young Tigers squad, making their first return trip to Hershey in four years put up a strong fight but could not come up with the winning combination on the day.
The Tigers’ 2013 season concludes with an overall 19-2 mark. On the campaign North Allegheny recorded its 18th straight 12+ win season and reached the WPIAL Playoffs for the 31st time in the last 32 years. The Tigers captured their third consecutive Section 2 championship and went undefeated in WPIAL regular season play at 15-0. Entering the WPIAL playoffs as the number three seed, the Tigers defeated Franklin Regional, Fox Chapel and Upper St. Clair before falling to Shady Side Academy in the championship match, qualifying for the PIAA championship in the process.
In the PIAA tournament, a victory in the first round against Erie Cathedral Prep paved the way for the sweet trip to Hershey. The Tigers were led by junior captain Kevin Goth, first place winner in Section 2 singles and doubles and WPIAL qualifier in both categories. Junior Stephen Chuirazzi manned the #2 singles slot while freshman Andrew Xu offered strong leadership all season at the #3 singles position. Eric Huang (sophomore) and Tomas Monti (senior co-captain and Section 2 doubles champ with Goth) were stellar at first doubles. Second doubles featured dynamic freshman newcomer Jared Isaacs and senior co-captain Connor Goodman who fashioned a formidable combination.
The Tigers also received spirited play all season at critical times from senior reserves Erik Liu, Andy Radick, Kevin Zhu and Evan Lee and junior Cody Schurter. The Tigers enjoyed the long journey of the 2013 season and look forward to the challenges that will arrive in 2014. The squad and coaching staff extend their thanks to the families and friends who offered their support all year long.
WPIAL TENNIS - 2013
The Tigers will compete again in the WPIAL in Class AAA along with 37 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 April 26, 2013.
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.
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 April 26, 2013.
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 - 38 TEAMS
* - Playing up
Any questions or comments should be
directed to Athletic Director Bob