2020-2021 Game Summaries
Representing Section 2 as its singles champion, Chase Davidson advanced to the WPIAL AAA Singles tournament as the #6 overall seed. Facing Dominic Robinson of Latrobe, Davidson struggled with his serve and fell 11-10 (9-7) in the first round. In the meantime, the Tigers return to team action on Friday with a road exhibition match against the Ramblers of Erie Cathedral Prep starting at 4:30 PM.
WPIAL AAA Singles Tournament
#11 Dominic Robinson (L) def. #6 Chase Davidson (NA) 11-10 (9-7)
One of NA’s former section and neighborly rivals, the Hampton Talbots visited North Allegheny Friday for a mid-season exhibition match. Playing undermanned due to senior class obligations, the class AA Talbots were game but fell to the Tigers 5-0, with all matches completed in straight sets. Playing a modified line-up, the winners for NA were Shomik Telang at one singles and Raj Ginde at two singles. Three singles was forfeited to the Tigers. One doubles was manned by Sri Bellamkonda and Krishna Naik while two doubles was commanded by Arnav Ranade and Dom Bellisario who teamed up for competition for the first time.
With the win, the Tigers climbed to an 8-1 mark on the season. They now pause team play for several days as the WPIAL Singles Tournament begins Tuesday afternoon on the NASH courts at 12:00 PM. Newly crowned Section 2 champion, Chase Davidson, will represent the Tigers. Please check the North Allegheny Sports Network for updates and results.
Match Summary – 04/09/2021
North Allegheny 5 Hampton 0
#1 Shomik Telang (NA) def. Coray Bennett (H) 6-0, 6-0
#2 Raj Ginde (NA) def. Vitally Pikalo (H) 6-0, 6-0
#3 (NA) Win by forfeit (H)
#1 Srivatsa Bellamkonda/Krishna Naik (NA) def. Ethen Oh/Adam Rothenberg (H) 6-1, 6-3
#2 Arnav Ranade/Dom Bellisario (NA) def. Teja Charapala/Justin Rothenberg (H) 6-2, 6-3
In a match reminiscent of heavyweight contests in days gone by, the Section 2-AAA Singles Tournament concluded Thursday afternoon on the NASH courts in an epic, 2 ½ hour battle. When the balls stopped bouncing, North Allegheny senior Chase Davidson defeated Moon’s Anthony Lounder to take the championship honors. Seeded 3rd overall, Davidson was looking to even the score against Lounder, the number one seed who had beaten him in the team match-up at Moon on March 30.
The first set was taken by Davidson who established the pace early and went on to score a 6-2 decision. With his back against the wall, Lounder came out with energy to start the second set, holding serve. Davidson held, also. Both players then broke each other consecutively, setting a tone of outstanding shots and counter punches that made the match a spectator’s spectacle.
In each service game thereafter, the opponents found many opportunities for breaks, but the servers held court with solid, dramatic comebacks in multiple deuce games.
With the contest back on serve, Davidson had to hold his serve at 5-6 to force a tie break. Down in the game by two points he did just that under extreme pressure by Lounder and evened the set at 6-6. The tie break was on, and the two players continued counter-punching. Tied at 4-4, Davidson ran off the next three points to take the tie-break, set, match, and championship. Davidson becomes the first NA Tiger to win the Section 2 Singles competition since Jared Isaacs won back in 2016.
Both players move on to the WPIAL Singles Tournament to be held April 13 and 14 on the NASH courts. The competition draw will be established by the WPIAL Tennis Committee by Friday evening. In the meantime, the Tigers’ return to team action on Friday with a home exhibition match against the Double AA Hampton Talbots. The starting time on the NASH courts is 3:30 PM.
Section 2 Singles Championship Match Summary – 04/08/2021
#3 Chase Davidson (NA) def. #1 Anthony Lounder (MA) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Day one of the Section 2 Singles Tennis Tournament was held at the NASH courts Wednesday afternoon, and it proved to be a successful venture for the Tigers. Junior Shomik Telang drew the overall #5 seed in the draw and faced off against Pine-Richland’s Colby Ohlund (#12) in the first round. Telang controlled the match from the start, cruising to a 10-0 victory. He faced the 4th seeded Josh Kim (North Hills) in the quarterfinal round. After a slow start due to serving issues, Telang found himself down 3-6 in the 10 game pro set. Fighting valiantly he made it back to an 8-9 score but could not break Kim at the end and fell 10-8.
Senior Chase Davidson, North Allegheny’s top singles player, entered the competition as the number three seed. He defeated Drew Dudeck (14th seed) of West Allegheny in the first round, 10-0. The quarters saw Davidson matched up against Moon’s Rohan Maheshwari, the 11th seed, and the results were similar, a 10-2 win. Now into the semi-finals, Davidson faced Brandon McEwen of North Hills, the overall 10th seed. McEwen upset the #2 seed from Sewickley Academy to reach the semis. Davidson used a laser sharp serve and well-placed angle shots to beat McEwen in a straight set contest, 6-0, 6-2, to reach the championship round of Section 2 competition.
With the top four finishers guaranteed a berth, Davidson has already punched his ticket to the WPIAL Singles Tournament next week. In the meantime, his championship match against the top-seeded Anthony Lounder of Moon will start at noon Thursday on the NASH courts.
Tuesday afternoon’s perfect weather was the perfect setting for an almost perfect match by the Tigers. Hosting the West Allegheny Indians in a Section 2 contest, the Tigers won the minimum requisite of 60 games and allowed only 1 game point to their opponents in a 5-0 shutout. The dominating display was started by junior Raj Ginde at number three singles, followed by senior Greg Phillips and junior Milun Jain at number two doubles. The clinching point came from junior Shomik Telang at number two singles. Rounding out the straight set wins were senior Chase Davidson at one singles and senior Krishna Naik and sophomore Sri Bellamkonda at two doubles.
With the win, the NA Tigers reached an 8-1 mark on the season and remain undefeated at 5-0 in section play. The Tigers now pause team play for several days as the Section 2 Singles Tournament begins Wednesday afternoon on the NASH courts at 12:00 PM. Remember to check in with the North Allegheny Sports Network for results and updates.
Match Summary – 04/06/2021
North Allegheny 5 West Allegheny 0
#1 Chase Davidson (NA) def. Drew Dudeck (WA) 6-0, 6-1
#2 Shomik Telang (NA) def. Alex Kot (WA) 6-0, 6-0
#3 Raj Ginde (NA) def. Connor Romano (WA) 6-0, 6-0
#1 Srivatsa Bellamkonda/Krishna Naik (NA) def. Tyler Sylvis/Luke Dale (WA) 6-0, 6-0
#2 Milun Jain/Greg Phillips (NA) def. Ethan McClain/Brett Kot (WA) 6-0, 6-0