2019-2020 Game Summaries
North Allegheny’s run as WPIAL champions came to an end at six titles in a row on Tuesday afternoon as the top-seeded Peters Township Indians defeated the Tigers, 4-1, in the WPIAL semifinals. Despite the loss, the Tigers still have a chance to qualify for the PIAA tournament. NA will face Upper St. Clair in the WPIAL third-place consolation on Wednesday afternoon.
In the semifinals against Peters Township, North Allegheny forced the Indians into a third set at No. 1 singles and both doubles matchups. However, the Indians ultimately prevailed despite being threatened. North Allegheny’s lone win on the day was provided by junior Jenny Zhu at No. 3 singles with a 6-0, 6-4 victory.
North Allegheny falls to 16-3 overall on the season. The Tigers will battle the Upper St. Clair Panthers at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the WPIAL consolation match at Sewickley Academy High School.
The North Allegheny girls’ tennis team won a playoff thriller on Monday afternoon with a 3-2 triumph over the Greater Latrobe Wildcats in the WPIAL quarterfinals. With the match tied 2-2, it all came down to the No. 1 doubles team of Claire Shao and Emily Wincko. In a decisive third set, the Tigers prevailed 9-7 thanks to the winning point provided by Wincko to propel North Allegheny into the WPIAL semifinals on Tuesday. In the semifinals, the Tigers will take on the top-seeded Peters Township Indians.
Early on in the 2019 season, Greater Latrobe handed North Allegheny one of only two defeats on the season by a 3-2 decision on Aug. 21. In the rematch, it was the Tigers who earned a measure of revenge in the most important meeting of the season.
Contributing to the NA victory was junior Jenny Zhu with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles. Prevailing in No. 2 doubles was Abbey Swirsding and Ashley Chung by a 6-1, 6-2 final. Posting the decisive victory at No. 1 doubles, Shao and Wincko earned a 2-6, 6-3, 9-7 win.
The six-time reigning WPIAL champions improve to 16-2 overall on the season with the victory.
The reigning WPIAL Class AAA champions began their trek for a seventh straight title with a 5-0 sweep over Norwin on Thursday afternoon. The Tigers cruised to the WPIAL first round victory against the visiting Knights.
In convincing fashion, the NA singles players lost only a single point between three Tigers combined. Freshman Nora Catanzarite and junior Jenny Zhu breezed to 6-0, 6-0 wins in No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively. At No. 2 singles, senior Ella Sinciline delivered a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Trinity Miller.
In doubles play, the tandem of Claire Shao and Emily Wincko vanquished Sadie Cuturic and Samantha Stinner, 6-2, 6-0. At No. 2 doubles, Abbey Swirsding and Ashley Chung collected a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Isha Vyas and Jordan Napierkowski to complete the sweep.
North Allegheny leaps to 15-2 overall on the season and advances to the WPIAL quarterfinals on Monday to face the Latrobe Wildcats. Latrobe defeated Thomas Jefferson on Thursday, 5-0, in its first-round matchup.
Girls Tennis Summary vs. Norwin, 10-10-19
|Match Summary||NORTH ALLEGHENY - 5|
NORWIN - 0
|#1||Nora Catanzarite (NA) def. Ashley Pesarsick (NW)||6-0, 6-0|
|#2||Ella Sinciline (NA) def. Trinity Miller (NW)||6-1, 6-0|
|#3||Jenny Zhu (NA) def. Sydney Pesarsick (NW)||6-0, 6-0|
|#1||Claire Shao/Emily Wincko (NA) def. Sadie Cuturic/Samantha Stinner (NW)||6-2, 6-0|
|#2||Abbey Swirsding/Ashley Chung (NA) def. Isha Vyas/Jordan Naperkowski (NW)||6-1, 6-1|
The North Allegheny girls’ tennis team wrapped up the regular season with its 13th victory in a row with a 4-1 triumph over the Bethel Park Black Hawks on Tuesday afternoon.
Bethel Park’s Mia Gorman earned the Black Hawks’ only win on the day at No. 1 singles. Otherwise, it was another dominant effort by North Allegheny. Senior Ella Sinciline topped Emily Feliciano at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Junior Jenny Zhu collected a 6-0, 6-1, win over Asbee Simeone at No. 3 singles.
In doubles play, Claire Shao and Emily Wincko took care of Jenna Cherminsky and Madi Cowry by a 6-2, 6-0 decision. The tandem of Abbey Swirsding and Claire Zheng defeated Bella Kauzlis and Grace Reagan for a 6-0, 6-1 final.
North Allegheny concludes the regular season with a 14-2 overall record. The Tigers will take part in the WPIAL team tournament next week.
Girls Tennis Summary vs. Bethel Park, 10-1-19
|Match Summary||NORTH ALLEGHENY - 4|
BETHEL PARK - 1
|#1||Mia Gorman (BP) def. Nora Catanzarite (NA)||n/a|
|#2||Ella Sinciline (NA) def. Emily Feliciano (BP_||6-0, 6-0|
|#3||Jenny Zhu (NA) def. Asbee Simeone (BP)||6-0, 6-1|
|#1||Claire Shao/Emily Wincko (NA) def. Jenna Chemicky/Madi Cowroy (BP)||6-2, 6-0|
|#2||Abbey Swirsding/Claire Zheng (NA) def. Bella Kauzlis/Grace Reagan (BP)||6-0, 6-1|
The North Allegheny girls’ tennis team picked up a 5-0 sweep over the North Hills Indians on Monday in the section finale.
The Tigers coasted to the win, including a pair of 6-0, 6-0 victories by Ella Sinciline and Jenny Zhou in singles play. Freshman Nora Catanzarite earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Emma Kim.
In doubles action, the results were the same for NA with a pair of easy wins. Junior Claire Shao and freshman Emily Wincko grabbed a 6-0, 6-0 whitewash over Rachel Byrne and Makenzie Mallory. At No. 2 doubles, Shria Moturi and Natasha Porwal topped Morgan McClury and Maggie Fox, 6-0, 6-1.
With their 12th win in a row, the Tigers improve to 13-2 overall and complete the section schedule with a perfect 8-0 record. North Allegheny will face Bethel Park on Tuesday in the regular season finale.
Girls Tennis Summary vs. North Hills, 9-30-19
|Match Summary||NORTH ALLEGHENY - 5|
NORTH HILLS - 0
|#1||Nora Catanzarite (NA) def. Emma Kim (NH)||6-0, 6-1|
|#2||Ella Sinciline (NA) def. Meghan Schilpp (NH)||6-0, 6-0|
|#3||Jenny Zhu (NA) def. Emma Hamphrey (NH)||6-0, 6-0|
|#1||Claire Shao/Emily Wincko (NA) def. Rachel Byrne/Makenzie Mallory (NH)||6-0, 6-0|
|#2||Shria Moturi/Natasha Porwal (NA) def. Morgan McLury/Maggie Fox (NH)||6-0, 6-1|