2018-2019 Game Summaries
Following their fourth straight exhibition win on the young season at Hollidaysburg Tuesday afternoon, the Tigers began Section 2 competition Wednesday afternoon, hosting Seneca Valley. The young Raiders team was game but the Tigers swept the match with all straight set wins.
Freshman Atharva Sumant and senior Rohan Cowlagi opened the scoring at 2nd doubles followed closely by the senior tandem of Jerry Huang and Alex Vlad at number one doubles. The clinching point once again came courtesy of junior Ethan Vodovotz at number three singles. Senior Soureesh Moturi was the standard bearer at number two singles. Rounding out play, junior one singles starter Ven Naik celebrated his 18th birthday by beating Seneca’s ace, Stephen Vandrak. The win improves the Tigers’ record to 5-0 with a 1-0 section mark.
The Tigers return to action Monday afternoon in a section match at Pine-Richland. The starting time is scheduled for 3:30 PM.
Match Summary – 03/20/19
North Allegheny—5 Seneca Valley–0
#1 Ven Naik (NA) def. Stephen Vandrak (SV) 6-0, 6-3
#2 Soureesh Moturi (NA) def. Jarrett Johnston (SV) 6-0, 6-2
#3 Ethan Vodovotz (NA) def. Parker Logue (SV) 6-1, 6-1
#1 Jerry Huang/Vlad(NA) def. Jacob Johnston/Matt Kraft (SV) 6-0, 6-2
#2 Rohan Cowlagi/ Atharva Sumant (NA) def.Ethan Kiggins/Ethan Staudt (SV) 6-1, 6-0
With 39-degree temperatures and rapidly disappearing sunshine, the Tigers hosted another South Hills rival on the NASH courts Monday afternoon and came away with a thrilling 4-1 victory.
In a contest that was closer than the final indicated, the Tigers watched two matches end simultaneously, opening a 2-0 lead. Seniors Mark Chuirazzi and Jerry Huang combined at number one doubles to beat Shivam Patel and Nitesh Nagpal in straight sets. At the exact same moment, junior Ven Naik defeated USC’s ace, Ross Petrone, in the one singles slot. While senior Soureesh Moturi was splitting sets at number two singles, and the team of senior Rohan Cowlagi and freshman Atharva Sumant splitting at two doubles, the stage was set for the clinching point. Junior Ethan Vodovotz, playing his second varsity match at three singles, found himself locked in a tight battle with Ayush Sharma. After taking the first set 6-4, Vodovotz found himself down 4-5 in the second set. He broke Sharma to even the set, held serve, and broke again in a tense final game to win the set 7-5. With the victory in hand, Moturi took his third set while Cowlagi and Sumant fell 4-6 in their third set. The win improves the Tigers’ record to 3-0 on the young season.
The Tigers return to action Tuesday afternoon in another exhibition match as they travel to Hollidaysburg High School. The starting time is scheduled for 3:30 PM.
North Allegheny—4 Upper St. Clair–1
#1 Ven Naik (NA) def. Ross Petrone (USC) 6-4, 6-2
#2 Soureesh Moturi (NA) def. Jay Vakil (USC) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8)
#3 Ethan Vodovotz (NA) def. Ayush Sharma (USC) 6-4, 7-5
#1 Mark Chuirazzi/Jerry Huang (NA) def. Shivam Patel/Nitesh Nagpal (USC) 6-3, 6-4
#2 Dev Patel/Pete Hassett (USC) def. Rohan Cowlagi/ Atharva Sumant (NA) 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4
Facing fierce wind conditions at Black Hawk Stadium, the Tigers ventured into the South Hills of Pittsburgh for the second time in the young season and walked away with another exhibition win, 5-0 over Bethel Park. Each match was decided in straight sets as the Tigers overcame winds that topped out at 40 MPH.
Leading the point parade was junior Ethan Vodovotz,playing his first varsity match at singles, number three in particular. The second point came from the tandem of seniors Mark Chuirazzi and Jerry Huang, reunited at first doubles. Senior Soureesh Moturi kept his consistent play going at the number two singles slot, clinching the match for the Tigers. Senior Alex Vlad, making his varsity debut, teamed with freshman Atharva Sumant to form number the number two doubles entry. Wrapping up the action, junior Ven Naik put forth a solid effort at number one singles against Bethel’s ace, senior James Ference.
The Tigers return to action Monday afternoon in another exhibition match as they host the Upper St. Clair Panthers. The starting time is scheduled for 3:30 PM on the NASH courts
Match Summary – 03/15/2019
North Allegheny—5 Bethel Park–0
#1 Ven Naik (NA) def. James Ference (BP) 6-1, 6-4
#2 Soureesh Moturi (NA) def. Hunter Dorfner (BP) 6-3, 6-0
#3 Ethan Vodovotz (NA) def. James Koch (BP) 6-0, 6-0
#1 Mark Chuirazzi/Jerry Huang (NA) def. Andrew Lepri/Victor Hermosillo (BP) 6-0, 6-0
#2 Atharva Sumant/Alex Vlad (NA) def. Shane Wiles/Nick Savers (BP) 6-1, 6-1
The Tigers Boys Varsity Tennis Squad opened the regular season Wednesday afternoon by traveling to their South Hills rival, Mt. Lebanon High School. Christening their new courts, it marked the Tigers’ first match at Mt. Lebanon in seven seasons, and that number proved lucky as the Tigers won the exhibition contest 4-1.
Three Tigers made their varsity debut, but it was a veteran who set the tone for the match. Senior Soureesh Moturi, playing out of the number two singles slot, defeated Owen Descalzi in straight sets with a series of consistent ground strokes to open the scoring. The second team point came from the racquets of senior Rohan Cowlagi and freshman Atharva Sumant (making his varsity debut) as they also took a straight set match, this one coming from number two doubles. Cowlagi and Sumant defeated Luke Wilkie and Cole Descalzi. The third and deciding point was turned in by the duo of senior Jerry Huang and junior Ethan Vodovotz (making his varsity debut) at number two doubles as they defeated Jason Stentz and Jack Wilkie, also in straight sets. Rounding out the Tigers’ scoring, junior Ven Naik made his anticipated Tigers debut at number one singles and did not disappoint as he, too, took a straight set match against Sander Ham. Trailing 0-4 in the second set, Naik used his dominating serve to fashion an impressive comeback and take the match. Returning four-year starter, senior Mark Chuirazzi, competed at third singles.
The Tigers return to action Friday afternoon in another exhibition match, as they travel to the South Hills again to take on the Bethel Park Black Hawks. The starting time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
Match Summary – 03/13/2019
North Allegheny—4 Mt. Lebanon–1
#1 Ven Naik (NA) def. Sander Ham (Mt. L) 6-2, 7-5
#2 Soureesh Moturi (NA) def. Owen Descalzi (Mt. L.) 6-1, 6-3
#3 Phillip Gorun (Mt. L.) def. Mark Chuirazzi (NA) 6-1, 6-0
#1 Jerry Huang/Ethan Vodovotz (NA) def. Jason Stentz/Jack Wilke (Mt. L.) 6-4, 6-1
#2 Rohan Cowlagi/Atharva Sumant (NA) def. Luke Wilke/Cole Descalzi (Mt. L.) 6-4, 6-2