2016-2017 Game Summaries
The Tigers opened Section 2 play on the road Monday afternoon by traveling to Raider country, where they tangled with Seneca Valley, in Harmony, PA. On a picture perfect spring day, the Tigers halted their losing skid by beating the Raiders, 4-1.
All four victorious matches were decided in straight sets. Leading the way, sophomore Jerry Huang, playing singles for the first time this season, defeated Josh Weltner without losing a game in the number three slot. Junior Ivan Voinov almost followed suit, taming Jake Yenkel while losing only one game at second singles. The match was clinched at number one singles as junior Richard Hofmann took the measure of Jeremy O’Connor.
Stepping in at number one doubles for the first time, the duo of juniors Ethan Schenk and Reed Stasko battled through a few missed opportunities before controlling the match against Alex Garczynski and Luke Peffer. Rounding out play, junior Peter Mallampalli made his varsity debut with senior Anmol Anand at number two doubles, where the two fell in an exciting three set contest.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 2-3 on the season with a 1-0 section record. The Tigers continue section play Tuesday afternoon as they host their neighborhood rival, Pine-Richland, in a critical match. The starting time with the Rams is scheduled for 3:30 PM.
Match Summary – 03/27/2017
North Allegheny—4 Seneca Valley–1
#1 Richard Hofmann (NA) def. Jeremy O’Connor (SV) 6-3, 6-1
#2 Ivan Voinov (NA) def. Jake Yankel 6-1, 6-0
#3 Jerry Huang (NA)def. Josh Weltner (SV) 6-0, 6-0
#1 Reed Stasko/Ethan Schenk (NA) def. Alex Garczynski/Luke Peffer (SV) 6-4, 6-3
#2 Jarrett Johnston/Stephen Vandrak (SV) def. Anmol Anand/Peter Mallampalli (NA) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8)
On a clear and sunny Thursday afternoon, the Peters Township Indians from Section 4 traveled to Wexford to tangle with the Tigers who resumed exhibition play at home. The talented, senior-laden Indians found their stride quickly on the way to a 4-1 victory over North Allegheny. The match marked the varsity debut of sophomores Soureesh Moturi and Rohan Cowlagi who competed well at number two doubles for the Tigers.
The highlight of the Tigers’ performances came at number one doubles, where juniors Mark Chuirazzi and Jerry Huang defeated Nathan Wang and Ethan Farmer in straight sets. The Tiger duo patiently established control of the match with efficient serving coupled with outstanding shot selections. With the loss, North Allegheny falls to 1-3 on the young season after four exhibition matches. The Tigers look to find a winning formula as they begin Section 2 play next week at Seneca Valley on Monday afternoon. The match with the Raiders is scheduled for a 3:30 PM starting time.
Peters Township–4 North Allegheny—1
#1 Connor Bruce (PTRS) def. Richard Hofmann (NA) 6-1, 6-3
#2 Ryan Farrell (PTRS) def. Ivan Voinov (NA) 6-4, 6-4
#3 Miguel Ascenzio (PTRS) def. Andrew Chuirazzi (NA) 6-3, 6-1
#1 Mark Chuirazzi/Jerry Huang (NA) def. Nathan Wang/Ethan Farmer (PTRS) 6-3, 6-2
#2 Anthony Castellone/Joe Grzyb (PTRS) def. Soureesh Moturi/Rohan Cowlagi (NA) 6-4, 6-3
Last year’s WPIAL AAA champions, the Fox Chapel Foxes, traveled to the NASH courts Monday to open the Tigers’ home season in a re-match of last year’s championship tilt. The Foxes, still the team to beat in the WPIAL, took full advantage of the Tigers’ youth and walked away with a decisive 5-0 win. The Tigers’ best performance came courtesy of junior Ivan Voinov, at number two singles, where he fell in an exciting three set match to Milo Barov. The Tigers return to action Tuesday afternoon when they travel to central Pennsylvania to take on the Hollidaysburg Tigers in their third straight exhibition.
Fox Chapel–5 North Allegheny—0
#1 Robby Shymansky (FC) def. Richard Hofmann (NA) 6-1, 6-0
#2 Milo Barov (FC) def. Ivan Voinov (NA) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
#3 Neil Benchief (FC) def. Andrew Chuirazzi (NA) 6-1, 6-0
#1 Jared Nord/Kyrran Sing (FC) def. Mark Chuirazzi/Jerry Huang (NA) 6-1, 6-0
#2 Karsten Lawerquist/Jay Kashyop (FC) def. Ethan Schenk/Reed Stasko (NA) 6-2, 6-3
Last year’s WPIAL AAA runners-up, the NA Tigers traveled to the Glen Creek Tennis Club in South Park on Friday to open their 2017 season against traditional Section 4 rivals, the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils. The chilly St. Patrick’s Day weather served as a backdrop for the Tigers to edge Mt. Lebanon 3-2 in an exciting exhibition match.
Leading the way for the Tigers and assuming the number one singles spot for his junior season, Richard Hofmann defeated Michael Wilke in straight sets. The second team point came courtesy of sophomores Jerry Huang and Mark Chuirazzi, moving into the first doubles spot and defeating Ryan Stentz and Sander Ham in straight sets. Juniors Andrew Chuirazzi and Ivan Voinov, playing three and two singles respectively, fell in very close three-set matches within minutes of each other. This set the stage for the deciding match at number two doubles. Junior Ethan Schenk teamed up with fellow junior, Reed Stasko, who made his varsity debut a memorable one by sweeping Owen Descalzi and Willis Larson to clinch the match for the Tigers.
The Tigers return to action Monday afternoon with their home opener, an exhibition rematch of last year’s WPIAL title clash against the Fox Chapel Foxes. Match time on the NASH courts is set for 3:30 PM.
Match Summary – 03/17/2017
#1 Richard Hofmann (NA) def. Michael Wilke (Mt. Leb.) 6-1, 6-4
#2 Sam Bellini (Mt. Leb.) def. Ivan Voinov (NA) 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5
#3 Ian McCabe (Mt. Leb.) def. Andrew Chuirazzi (NA) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
#1 Mark Chuirazzi/Jerry Huang (NA) def. Ryan Stentz/Sander Ham (Mt. Leb) 6-4, 7-5
#2 Ethan Schenk/Reed Stasko (NA) def. Owen Descalzi/Willis Larson (Mt. Leb.) 6-3, 6-3