2020-2021 Game Summaries
The 4th seeded Tigers hosted the 5th seeded Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils Thursday afternoon on the NASH courts in the quarterfinal round of the WPIAL AAA Boys Tennis Championship. A strong effort by the Tigers wasn’t enough, and their 12 match winning streak and playoff hopes were dashed by a close 3-2 decision. Mt. Lebanon took the number one singles match along with both doubles contests, while the Tigers found the victory column at 2nd and 3rd singles.
Congratulations to the underclassmen who gave stellar performances all season; Shomik Telang, Raj Ginde, Sri Bellamkonda, Milun Jain, Arnav Ranade, Dom Bellisario and Nakul Solai. A special thank you and tribute to the seniors who provided leadership all season; Chase Davidson (USC), Krishna Naik (Pitt), and Greg Phillips (Worcester Polytechnic Institute).
With the loss, the Tigers completed their season with a 12-2 record, a Section 2 championship and a quarterfinal appearance in WPIAL team play. They also had the Section 2 winners in both singles and doubles. With team play ended, the Tigers will now be represented at the PIAA AAA Doubles Championship in Hershey by senior Chase Davidson and junior Shomik Telang during the Memorial Day weekend. The North Allegheny Sports Network will provide scores and updates from Hershey.
Match Summary—WPIAL AAA Team Championship—Quarterfinal Round – 5/06/2021
Mt. Lebanon 3 North Allegheny 2
#1 Phil Gorun (Mt. L.) def. Chase Davidson (NA) 6-3, 6-2
#2 Shomik Telang (NA) def. Paul Gorun (Mt. L)) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
#3 Raj Ginde (NA) def. Jonah Baram (Mt. L.) 6-2, 6-3
#1 Jack Wilke/Luke Wilke (Mt. L) def. Srivatsa Bellamkonda/Krishna Naik (NA) 6-2, 6-0
#2 Nolan Magill/Cole Descalzi (Mt. L.) def. Greg Phillips/Milun Jain (NA) 6-2, 6-1
The Tigers opened the first round of the WPIAL AAA Boys Team Tennis Championship by hosting Pittsburgh Central Catholic on the NASH courts Wednesday. The 4th seeded Tigers dominated the Vikings and took the match 5-0. The scoring was opened by sophomore Raj Ginde at three singles as he quickly took the measure of Matt Luckiewcz in straight sets. Next in the scoring column was the duo of sophomore Sri Bellamkonda and senior Krishna Naik at one doubles who defeated Ryan Broadhurst and Jack Sabo. The match clincher came from the rackets of junior Milun Jain and senior Greg Phillips at two doubles as they beat Yosei Fukasaku and Cooper Luedde in the third consecutive straight-set contest.
Rounding out play, junior Shomik Telang took a tight first set at two singles against the game Anthony Arshoun and then went on to wrap up the second decisively. Senior Chase Davidson (a USC commit) fell behind in the first set at one singles against Kyle Broadhurst but made it close at 4-6. Close turned to domination as Davidson sped by Broadhurst 6-2, 6-1, in the next two sets.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 12-1 on the season and move on to the quarterfinal round of the WPIAL Championship on Thursday afternoon as they host the winner of the Mt. Lebanon vs. Latrobe 1st round contest. Match time is scheduled for 3:00 PM on the NASH courts.
Match Summary—WPIAL AAA Team Championship—First Round – 5/05/2021
North Allegheny 5 Central Catholic 0
#1 Chase Davidson (NA) def. Kyle Broadhurst (CC) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
#2 Shomik Telang (NA) def. Anthony Arshoun (CC) 6-4, 6-2
#3 Raj Ginde (NA) def. Jack Luckiewcz (CC) 6-0, 6-2
#1 Srivatsa Bellamkonda/Krishna Naik (NA) def. Ryan Broadhurst/Jack Sabo (CC) 6-1, 6-2
#2 Greg Phillips/Arnav Ranade (NA) def. / Yousei Fukasaku/Cooper Luedde (CC) 6-2, 6-4
Senior Chase Davidson and junior Shomik Telang, seeded third overall, tangled with Franklin Regional’s one-seeded duo of Anup Nadesan and Avait Kulkami for the WPIAL AAA Doubles Championship Wednesday afternoon on the NASH courts. When the balls stopped bouncing, the two Panthers’ seniors defeated the Tigers in straight sets. Congratulations to both Chase and Shomik for outstanding representation of Section Two throughout the tournament!
Both teams qualify for the PIAA Doubles Tournament next month in Hershey, for which the draw will be released next week. In the meantime, the Tigers return to team action for non-WPIAL exhibition play Thursday afternoon as they travel to Erie to take on Cathedral Prep. Match time is scheduled for 4 PM
WPIAL AAA Doubles Tournament
#1 Anup Nadesan/Advait Kulkami (FR) def. #3 Chase Davidson/Shomik Telang (NA) 6-2, 7-5
Day one of the WPIAL AAA Doubles Tennis Tournament was held at Shady Side Academy Tuesday afternoon, and it proved to be a spectacular experience for the Tigers. Sophomores Sri Bellamkonda and Raj Ginde comprised the NA #2 team and drew the overall 16th seed. They played a solid set but lost in the first round to Franklin Regional’s one-seeded Anup Nadesan and Advait Kulkami, 10-7
The #1 NA team of senior Chase Davidson and junior Shomik Telang drew the overall third seed and took on Central Catholic’s 14th seeded entry in the first round, beating Kyle Broadhurst and Anthony Arshoun 10-4. Next up was Upper St. Clair’s 11th seeded Harrison Chui and Dev Patel in the quarterfinals. The Tigers went on to tame the high energy Panthers 10-7. The quarterfinal victory sent Davidson and Telang to the semi-finals where they battled the second seeded Indians of Peters Township, Elian Ascensio and David Lusk. The first set saw both teams struggle to hold serve, as each of the first four games were service breaks leading to a 2-2 tally. Several holds were then interrupted by more breaks. The Tigers held on to take the set at 7-5. The second set saw the Tigers jump out to a 5-1 lead, but the Indians roared back with four straight wins to even the set at 5. One service hold and one service break later, the Tigers won the second set by a 7-5 margin again and qualified for Wednesday’s championship round.
With the top two double units guaranteed a berth, NA’s Davidson and Telang have already punched their tickets to the PIAA State Championships in Hershey during Memorial Day weekend. In the meantime, the championship match between NA and the winner of the Mt. Lebanon/Franklin Regional semi-final will take place on the North Allegheny Courts Wednesday afternoon at 2 PM. Scores and updates will be provided on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
The Tigers traveled to Nichols Field in Sewickley and won their 11th consecutive match and 7th straight section match by controlling Sewickley Academy for a 4-1 decision and the Section 2 crown. On a perfect spring Monday, the Tigers’ scoring started with junior Milun Jain and senior Greg Phillips at number two doubles, beating Neev Lamba and Aidan Ragoowansi in straight sets. Next, Shomik Telang took the two singles match by beating Rohan Shah, also in straight sets. The third and championship clinching point came from the rackets of sophomore Sri Bellamkonda and senior Krishna Naik as they defeated the tandem of Tage Mitra and Navin Rana in straight sets.
Rounding out play after the match was decided were two, three-set contests. Sophomore Raj Ginde fell to Cole Rychel in three sets at three singles. Perhaps the battle of the day was at one singles, in a contest that took two hours and forty-five minutes to complete. Chase Davidson and Jonathan Varghese waged an epic battle of outstanding cross court shots with incredible pace. Davidson took the first set 6-2 and Varghese counterpunched quickly with a 6-3 win in the second. The third set saw Davidson’s intensity and ability to fend off the Sewickley ace for a 6-3 decision, giving the Tigers their 4th point on the day.
With the win, the NA Tigers improve to 11-1 on the season (7-0 in Section 2) and await their seed for the WPIAL Team Playoffs scheduled to begin next week. They now pause team play as they send two duos to the WPIAL AAA Doubles Championship Tuesday afternoon at Shady Side Academy. First round competitions are scheduled to begin at noon. Check in with the North Allegheny Sports Network for updates and scores.
Match Summary – 04/26/2021
North Allegheny 4 Sewickley Academy 1
#1 Chase Davidson (NA) def. Jonathan Varghese 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
#2 Shomik Telang (NA) def. Rohan Shah (SA) 6-1, 6-4
#3 Cole Rychel (SA) def. Raj Ginde (NA) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
#1 Krishna Naik/Srivatsa Bellamkonda (NA) def. Tage Mitra/Navin Rana (SA) 6-2, 6-3
#2 Greg Phillips/Milun Jain (NA) def. Neev Lamba/Aidan Ragoowansi (SA) 6-2, 6-1