Moturi, Naik Fall in Day One of WPIAL Tournament
Indoors at the Oxford Athletic Club Monday morning, the WPIAL began play in the AAA Singles Tournament. Representing the Tigers were senior Soureesh Moturi and junior Ven Naik.
As the number four qualifier in Section 2, Moturi drew the defending WPIAL champion, Robby Shymansky, of Fox Chapel in the first round. As the match wore on, Moturi was able to maintain pace with the Fox Chapel ace but later fell to his outstanding shot selection and powerful forehand.
Naik, the number three qualifier from Section 2 drew Sander Ham of Mt. Lebanonin the first round. Ham was the 2nd place qualifier from Section 4, and the contest was a re-match from an earlier tilt this season. Naik struggled with serving consistency and Ham took advantage, winning 10-6.
Congratulations to both Tigers for advancing to play as part of the top 16 WPIAL competitors!