2018-2019 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny girls’ tennis team captured an astonishing sixth straight WPIAL Class AAA championship on Thursday afternoon with a 3-2 victory over Shady Side Academy. What makes this crown most impressive is that NA did it after three potential returning starters did not come back for the 2018 season. Head coach Michelle Weniger retooled and the Lady Tigers displayed great resolve to extend North Allegheny’s streak of WPIAL titles.
Senior captain and Cornell University commit Ashley Huang set the tone and earned an important win at No. 1 singles with a 7-5, 6-1 decision over Shady Side’s Elle Santora. Sophomore Jenny Zhu provided a 6-4, 6-0 sweep of Arianna Goitz at No. 3 singles. In double play, juniors Shria Moturi and Ashley Chung delivered a 6-4, 7-5 triumph over Renee Long and Avery Guyoux to ensure the WPIAL crown for the Tigers.
The Tigers have the third-longest streak in the WPIAL girls’ tennis history behind only Mt. Lebanon (1981-88) and Upper St. Clair (1994-2001) who each won eight consecutive titles.
North Allegheny improves to 14-2-1 on the season and advances to the PIAA tournament next week.
Girls Tennis Summary vs. Shady Side Aacademy, 10-18-18
|Match Summary||NORTH ALLEGHENY - 3|
SHADY SIDE ACADEMY - 2
|#1||Ashley Huang (NA) def. Elle Santora (SSA)||7-5, 6-1|
|#2||Aya Youssef (SSA) def. Ella Sinciline (NA)||6-2, 6-4|
|#3||Jenny Zhu (NA) def. Ariana Goitz (SSA)||6-4, 6-0|
|#1||Isha Reddy/Paige Golden (SSA) def. Claire Shao/Riya Yadav (NA)||6-3, 2-6, 6-2|
|#2||Shria Moturi/Ashley Chung (NA) def. Renee Long/Avery Guyouox (SSA)||6-4, 7-5|
The North Allegheny girls’ tennis team will return the WPIAL championship game thanks to a 4-1 win over the top-seeded Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils in the WPIAL semifinals on Wednesday afternoon. The reigning PIAA and WPIAL champions beat Mt. Lebanon for the second time this season, also winning a non-section meeting back in August by the same score. The Lady Tigers will try for a sixth straight WPIAL crown against Shady Side Academy this afternoon.
North Allegheny posted a pair of wins in doubles play, including an exciting 5-7, 6-3, 11-9 victory by Claire Shao and Riya Yadav over Bridget Zimmerman and Alexandra Renton. At No. 2 doubles, Shria Moturi and Ashley Chung delivered a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Megan Vutevich and Kate Stroht.
In singles action, senior Ashley Huang prevailed over Camilla Buch, 6-0, 6-1 and Jenny Zhu earned a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Anna Zak. Mt. Lebanon’s only win came at No. 2 singles courtesy of a 6-1, 6-3 win for Lauren Masteller.
North Allegheny jumps to 13-2-1 on the season with the win.
The North Allegheny girls’ tennis team earned a 4-1 victory over the Upper St. Clair Panthers in the WPIAL quarterfinals on Tuesday afternoon at NASH.
The Lady Tigers won their fourth straight behind a strong outing in singles play. At No. 1 singles, Cornell University commit Ashley Huang served up a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Anna Rush. Junior Ella Sinciline captured a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Bella Goldman at No. 2 singles. Sophomore Jenny Zhu followed suit with a 7-5, 6-0 triumph at No. 3 singles over Sabrina Slagle.
In doubles play, NA’s Claire Shao and Riya Yadav rallied for a win over Danni Gibbons and Gia Winseck by scores of 3-6, 6-4, 10-8. Upper St. Clair’s only win came at No. 2 doubles courtesy of a 6-4, 6-3 victory by Meha Patel and Leah Lund.
North Allegheny leaps to 12-2-1 on the season and advances to the WPIAL semifinals to face the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils at 3:00 p.m. at Sewickley Academy High School. The Tigers earned their first win of the season against the Blue Devils back on Aug. 23 by a 4-1 decision. The contest is also a rematch of last year’s PIAA semifinals.
Girls Tennis Summary vs. Upper St. Clair, 10-16-18
|Match Summary||NORTH ALLEGHENY - 4|
UPPER ST. CLAIR - 1
|#1||Ashley Huang (NA) def. Anna Rush (USC)||6-0, 6-0|
|#2||Ella Sinciline (NA) def. Bella Goldman (USC)||6-3, 6-2|
|#3||Jenny Zhu (NA) def. Sabrina Slagle (USC)||7-5, 6-0|
|#1||Claire Shao/Riya Yadav (NA) def. Danni Gibbons/Gia Winseck (USC)||3-6, 6-4, 10-8|
|#2||Meha Patel/Leah Lund (USC) def. Shria Moturi/Ashley Chung (NA)||6-4, 6-3|
The postseason title defense for the North Allegheny girls’ tennis team began on Wednesday afternoon with a dominant 5-0 sweep of the Franklin Regional Panthers in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.
The Lady Tigers rolled through singles play without losing a single point as Ashley Huang, Ella Sinciline and Jenny Zhu all posted 6-0, 6-0 victories. At No. 1 doubles, Claire Shao and Rya Yadav followed suit with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph of their own over Caitlin Van Alen and Hannah Fierie. The No. 2 doubles team of Shria Moturi and Ashley Chung finished off the post-season win with a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Sarah Gardner and Abby Krieger.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 11-2-1 on the season. The Lady Tigers advance to the WPIAL quarterfinals on Monday.
Girls Tennis Summary vs. Franklin Regional, 10-10-18
|Match Summary||NORTH ALLEGHENY - 5|
FRANKLIN REGIONAL - 0
|#1||Ashley Huang (NA) def. Hannah Yan (FR)||6-0, 6-0|
|#2||Ella Sinciline (NA) def. Nandini Rastogi (FR)||6-0, 6-0|
|#3||Jenny Zhu (NA) def. Ana Boyle (FR)||6-0, 6-0|
|#1||Claire Shao/Riya Yadav (NA) def. Caitlin Van Alen/Hannah Fieie (FR)||6-0, 6-0|
|#2||Shria Moturi/Ashley Chung (NA) def. Sarah Gardner/Abby Krieger (FR)||6-0, 6-2|
In its final section match of the season, the North Allegheny Girls Tennis team had a clean sweep against North Hills, 5-0.
After losing its first section match of the season, the Tigers rallied off seven straight match wins to finish 7-1. On Monday, NA only lost one individual set point.
At No. 1 singles, senior Ashley Huang defeated Emma Kim of North Hills, 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2 singles, junior Ella Sinciline swept Emma Humphrey by an identical 6-0, 6-0 score. Sophomore Jenny Zhu completed the singles sweep at No. 3 with a 6-0, 6-1 win.
It was a perfect doubles effort as sophomore Claire Shao and senior Riya Yadav defeated Alexa Whale and Julianna Uccairdo, 6-0, 6-0, and juniors Shria Maturi and Natasha Porwal handed Rachel Byrne and Babrioc a 6-0, 6-0 loss.
NA will compete in its final match of the season postseason begins on Tuesday with a home non-section match against Fox Chapel at 3:30 p.m.