2016-2017 Game Summaries
The Tigers continued play in the WPIAL AAA Boys Tennis tournament Monday afternoon and competed well but fell 5-0 to Shady Side Academy in the quarterfinal round at home on the NASH courts. Each match featured outstanding competition and great shot making, including two three-set matches, but the Tigers failed to find any winning combinations on the day.
Junior Ivan Voinov and fellow junior Andrew Chuirazzi competed at two and three singles respectively but fell in two sets apiece. Two more juniors, Reed Stasko and Ethan Schenk also fell in two sets at number two doubles. Sophomores Mark Chuirazzi and Jerry Huang took their opponents to three sets at number one doubles before the Shady Side duo prevailed. After the contest was settled, junior Richard Hofmann and Shady Side’s Naman Dua tangled in a see-saw match while dodging raindrops. Dua prevailed in three outstanding sets.
With the loss, the Tigers’ season concludes with an 11-6 mark, a record that includes a 7-0 Section 2 log and championship. With all but one team member returning next season, the Tigers’ new found experience will serve them well in the 2018 season. A special shout out goes to senior Anmol Anand who contributed much to the Tigers’ program over his four-year career. He will attend the University of Michigan next year. Additionally, sophomores Rohan Cowlagi and Soureesh Moturi offered fine play in spot duty at two doubles. With team play completed, several Tigers will set their sights on Section 2 and WPIAL competition staring next week. Richard Hofmann and Ivan Voinov will represent the Tigers at the Section 2 Singles Tournament starting May 1. On May 8, Hofmann and Voinov along with the team of Mark Chuirazzi and Jerry Huang will begin competition at the Section 2 Doubles Tournament. Details will be provided on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Match Summary – 04/24/2017
WPIAL AAA Team Tournament-Quarterfinal Round
Shady Side Academy– 5, North Allegheny–0
#1 Naman Dua (SSA) def. Richard Hofmann (NA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
#2 Tamay Kumta (SSA) def. Ivan Voinov (NA) 6-0, 6-3
#3 Luke Ulham (SSA) def. Andrew Chuirazzi (NA) 6-2, 7-6 (3)
#1 Alex Reuter/Clayton Guyaux (SSA) def. Mark Chuirazzi/Jerry Huang (NA) 2-6, 6-1, 6-0
#2 Russell Erb/Cole Hartman (SSA) def. Reed Stasko/Ethan Schenk (NA) 6-4, 6-2
The Tigers opened their playoff season as the number three seed in AAA Boys Tennis and showed their mettle with a 5-0 win over Franklin Regional in Round 1 of the Team Tournament. Representatives from Section 1, seeded #14, and coached by the legendary Howard Fisher, the young Panthers put up a strong fight before bowing to the more experienced Tigers.
Junior Richard Hofmann tangled with Franklin Regional’s ace, Sean Vannatta, and prevailed in straight sets with a great variety of shots. Junior Ivan Voinov defeated Everest Yan in straight sets, also, at the number two slot. Not to be outdone, fellow junior Andrew Chuirazzi clinched the match with his straight set win at number three singles over Surya Seth. Sophomores Mark Chuirazzi and Jerry Huang dominated at number one doubles. Juniors Reed Stasko and Ethan Schenk rounded out play with a workmanlike win at number two doubles.
With the win, the Tigers’ overall season record improves to 11-5 as they now move on to the Quarterfinal Round of WPIAL play. They play Monday afternoon on the NASH courts versus the winner of Wednesday’s Shady Side Academy—Latrobe matchup. The starting time is scheduled for 3:30 PM.
Match Summary – 04/19/2017
WPIAL AAA Team Tournament-First Round
North Allegheny—5, Franklin Regional–0
#1 Richard Hofmann (NA) def. Sean Vannatta (FR) 6-0, 6-4
#2 Ivan Voinov (NA) def. Everest Yan (FR) 6-1, 6-1
#3 Andrew Chuirazzi (NA) def. Surya Seth (FR) 6-1, 6-1
#1 Mark Chuirazzi/Jerry Huang (NA) def. Vineet Madduru/Justin Lindeman (FR) 6-1, 6-0
#2 Reed Stasko/Ethan Schenk (NA) def. Joseph Bonfiglio/Joey McGinn (FR) 6-4, 6-4
The Tigers played their last match of the regular season at home Tuesday afternoon by welcoming AA playoff qualifier, Thomas Jefferson to the NASH courts for an exhibition contest. The Tigers vanquished the Jaguars 5-0 in a match that served as a prelude for the post season.
Juniors Richard Hofmann and Ivan Voinov dominated at one and two singles respectively. Juniors Reed Stasko and Ethan Schenk slid to the one doubles position to take their contest. A solid performance was turned in by the sophomore tandem of Rohan Cowlagi and Soureesh Moturi at number two doubles. The most exciting match of the day came at number three singles, where senior Anmol Anand won a three set contest with a tie-break in the third set.
With the win, the Tigers completed their regular season competition with a 10-5 record. They now open the WPIAL AAA team playoffs at home Wednesday afternoon against Franklin Regional. The starting time on the NASH courts is scheduled for 3:30 PM.
Match Summary – 04/18/2017
North Allegheny—5, Thomas Jefferson–0
#1 Richard Hofmann (NA) def. Yash Maheshwari (TJ) 6-1, 6-1
#2 Ivan Voinov (NA) def. Ryan O’Leary (TJ) 6-0, 6-1
#3 Anmol Anand (NA) def. Todd Hedrick (TJ) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5)
#1 Reed Stasko/Ethan Schenk (NA) def. Andy Griffin/Parker Rittinger (TJ) 6-1, 6-0
#2 Soureesh Moturi/Rohan Cowlagi (NA) def. Shawn Radovic/Luke Pilarski (TJ) 6-1, 6-1
The Tigers resumed play the last day of Spring Break on Monday afternoon and welcomed the Howland (Ohio) Tigers to Wexford for a friendly exhibition match. When the match concluded, the NA Tigers found themselves 5-0 victors, losing only three games in the process of sweeping their Tiger counterparts.
All of the starting lineup played well, with wins coming from Richard Hofmann, Ivan Voinov and Andrew Chuirazzi at singles. Mark Chuirazzi and Jerry Huang controlled first doubles while Reed Stasko returned to doubles play with Ethan Schenk to take the win in the number two slot.
With the win, the Tigers raised their record to 9-5 on the season. They close out the regular season at home Tuesday afternoon against Thomas Jefferson in a combined Varsity/JV match. The starting time on the NASH courts is scheduled for 3:30 PM.
Match Summary – 04/17/2017
North Allegheny—5 ,Howland (Ohio)–0
#1 Richard Hofmann (NA) def. Jason Khavari (H) 6-1, 6-0
#2 Ivan Voinov (NA) def. Bobby Moosally (H) 6-0, 6-0
#3 Andrew Chuirazzi (NA) def. Ethan Cano (H) 6-1, 6-1
#1 Mark Chuirazzi/Jerry Huang (NA) def. Michael Awadalla/Joey Vitali (H) 6-0, 6-0
#2 Reed Stasko/Ethan Schenk (NA) def. Demetrius Greene/Raphael Davis (H) 6-0, 6-0
The Tigers traveled across the border into neighboring North Hills territory Wednesday afternoon and came across a very game squad coached by Matt Woffington. When the balls stopped bouncing, the Tigers clinched the Section 2 championship with a 4-1 win over their rivals, the Indians.
The first team point came via number three singles, where junior Reed Stasko defeated his opponent without losing a game. The second NA point came from number one doubles as sophomores Mark Chuirazzi and Jerry Huang also swept their rivals. The clinching point was delivered by sophomores Soureesh Moturi and Rohan Cowlagi at number two doubles in two sets. Junior Ivan Voinov returned to his customary number two singles slot and custom prevailed as he also won in straight sets. The final match saw North Hills’ ace Martin Varys defeat North Allegheny’s ace, junior Richard Hofmann, at number one singles.
With the win, the Tigers raised their record to 8-5 on the season and completed section play with an unblemished 7-0 mark. Following the short spring break, the Tigers host Howland High School (Ohio) in an exhibition on Monday, April 17. The starting time on the NASH courts is scheduled for 3:30 PM.
Match Summary – 04/12/2017
North Allegheny—4, North Hills–1
#1 Martin Varys (NH) def. Richard Hofmann (NA) 6-4, 6-2
#2 Ivan Voinov (NA) def. Connor McEwen (NH) 6-3, 6-2
#3 Reed Stasko (NA) def. Matt Venturella (NH) 6-0, 6-0
#1 Mark Chuirazzi/Jerry Huang (NA) def. Kyle Swartzbaugh/Brian Carnprobst (NH) 6-0, 6-0
#2 Soureesh Moturi/Rohan Cowlagi (NA) def. Nate Salopek/Brian Venturella (NH) 6-0, 6-1