2021-2022 Game Summaries
North Allegheny sophomore, Trey Davidson, represented the Tigers at the PIAA Class AAA Tennis Singles Championships in Hershey, PA on Friday. The WPIAL runner up faced Praneel Mallaiah, the District 2 champion from Abington Heights in the first round. Davidson controlled the play from the start with a consistently strong serve and cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 straight set victory.
Next up in the quarterfinals, Davidson challenged Mikkel Zinder, the District 1 champion (Philadelphia) from Council Rock South High School. The first 3 games resulted in service breaks before Zinder held, en route to a 6-3 set win. He then took control of the 2nd set by a 6-1 margin to advance to Saturday’s semi-finals.
Congratulations to Davidson for reaching the PIAA Championship in his first year of high school competition.
The third-seeded Tigers hosted sixth-seeded Fox Chapel Thursday afternoon on the NASH courts in the quarterfinal round of the WPIAL AAA Boys Tennis Championship. A strong effort by the Tigers wasn’t enough, and their nine match winning streak and hopes of a deep playoff run were dashed in a close 3-2 decision. The Tigers took an early 2-0 lead with wins by sophomore standout Trey Davidson at number one singles and stellar junior Manas Kathir at number two singles. The Tigers couldn’t hold the lead and fell in the three remaining contests.
With the loss, the Tigers completed their season with a 10-4 record, a Section 2 championship and a quarterfinal appearance in WPIAL team play. With team play now completed, the Tigers will be represented at the PIAA AAA Singles Championship in Hershey during Memorial Day weekend by sophomore Trey Davidson, the WPIAL runner-up. The North Allegheny Sports Network will provide scores and updates from Hershey as Davidson represents District 7 in the state tournament.
Match Summary—WPIAL AAA Team Championship—Quarterfinal Round
Fox Chapel 3 North Allegheny 2
#1 Trey Davidson (NA) def. Will Siegel 2-6, 6-0, 6-1
#2 Manas Kathir (NA) def. Cooper Friday (FC) 6-2, 6-2
#3 Ananth Kushyap (FC) def. Amit Bhandari 6-1, 6-3
#1 Mason Friday/Travis Malone (FC) def. Shomik Telang/Raj Ginde (NA) 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
#2 Jack Delaney/Ben Hallman (FC) def. Sri Bellamkonda/Atharva Sumant (NA) 6-3, 7-5
In a re-match of their season opener, the Tigers welcomed the Chartiers Valley Colts back to the NASH courts for the first round of the WPIAL Team Championship Tournament Wednesday afternoon. When the balls stopped bouncing the Tigers took a 5-0 decision and earned the right to advance to the quarterfinal round.
Many of the Tigers’ matches were decided in straight sets, starting with 2nd doubles manned by junior Sri Bellamkonda and senior Atharva Sumant. The second point came from junior Manas Kathir at 2nd singles. The match clinching point came from the racquet of #3 singles player, sophomore Amit Bhandari. Senior Shomik Telang and junior Raj Ginde contributed the 4th point at number one doubles, also in straight sets.
Rounding out play, sophomore #1 singles player, Chase Davidson, encountered Ethan Estatico, Char Valley’s senior ace in the only three-set match of the contest. Taking the first set 6-0, Davidson saw Estatico bounce back in the 2nd at 6-4. Regaining control of his game, Davidson returned the favor with a 6-4 triumph in the 3rd set to complete the team sweep for the Tigers. With the win, the Tigers improve to 10-3 on the season and move on to the quarterfinal round of the WPIAL Championship on Thursday afternoon against Fox Chapel. Match time is scheduled for 3:00 PM on the NASH courts.
Match Summary—WPIAL AAA Team Championship—First Round–5/04/2022
North Allegheny 5 Chartiers Valley 0
#1 Trey Davidson (NA) def. Ethan Estatico (CV) 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
#2 Manas Kathir (NA) def. Derek Armfield (CV) 6-1, 6-0
#3 Amit Bhandari (NA) def. Brendon Hallisey (CV) 6-1, 6-2
#1 Shomik Telang/Raj Ginde (NA) def. Liam Pederson/Brandon Gallo (CV) 7-5, 6-2
#2 Sri Bellamkonda/Atharva Sumant (NA) def. Shokhrukh Kholmatjonov/Ajay Ohmnathan (CV) 6-1, 6-0
On the last allowable day of WPIAL sanctioned section competition, the Tigers played their first doubleheader in 11 seasons and swept the competition to win the Section 2 AAA Championship outright. Playing indoors at the Lakevue Athletic Club Monday afternoon, the Tigers defeated Sewickley Academy 4-1 and later defeated North Hills, 3-1.
In a match resumed from Thursday’s rain delay, the Tigers started the scoring against Sewickley at 2nd doubles, where senior Atharva Sumant and junior Sri Bellamkonda took a straight set match from Alex Quigley and Jayden Garcia. The second point originated from number one singles where sophomore Trey Davidson defeated freshman Severin Harmon in straight sets. The winning point came from the racket of junior Manas Kathir who take the measure of Jonathan Varghese in a tight two-setter that saw both players exchanging outstanding clutch shots. The only three setter was a thriller from senior Shomik Telang and junior Raj Ginde at #1 doubles. After taking the first set 6-4, they fell in the 2nd at 3-6. Rebounding quickly, they found their serves and team chemistry to take the 3rd set 6-3 from Tejas Mitra and Spencer Kryzynski, just moments after Kathir clinched. After the Sewickley win, the Tigers tangled with and defeated North Hills 3-1. The highlight of the contest versus the Indians was senior Jacopo DiPrato’s first match in a singles contest, where he prevailed in straight sets to clinch the contest.
With the wins, the NA Tigers improve to 9-3 on the season overall, combined with a 7-0 section record. They await their seed for the WPIAL Team Playoffs scheduled to begin next week. The Tigers wrap up the regular season with an exhibition road match in Erie Thursday afternoon to take on the Cathedral Prep Ramblers. Match time is scheduled for 4 PM.
Match Summary – 04/25/2022
North Allegheny 4 Sewickley Academy 1
#1 Trey Davidson (NA) def. Severin Harmon 6-3, 6-3
#2 Manas Kathir (NA) def. Jonathan Varghese (SA) 7-5, 6-4
#3 Rohan Shah (SA) def. Amit Bhandari (NA) (Default)
#1 Krishna Naik/Srivatsa Bellamkonda (NA) def. Tejas Mitra/Spencer Kryzynski (SA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
#2 Sri Bellamkonda/Atharva Sumant (NA) def. Alex Quin/Jayden Garcia (SA) 6-3, 6-2
Day two of the Section 2-AAA Doubles Tennis Tournament was held at the NASH courts Friday afternoon, and the Tigers were part of the consolation match. The No.1 NA team of senior Shomik Telang and junior Raj Ginde tangled with Pone Richland’s No. 1 duo of Braiden Smalley and Ethan Silipo. Holding serve, NA took the first set by a 6-4 margin. The Pine-Richland duo was able to come from behind by taking the second set (6-2) to force a third and deciding set. The Rams prevailed in that third frame, 6-3, thereby taking the third-place slot. All four of the finalist teams have qualified for the WPIAL Doubles Championship, scheduled for next Tuesday at the NASH courts at noon.
In the meantime, the Tigers team will resume a rain-delayed match with Sewickley Academy at the Lakevue Athletic Club on Monday at noon. The day’s doubleheader will be capped off with the completion of Section 2 play against North Hills. That match, also at Lakevue, is scheduled for 2 PM.