NA Advances To WPIAL Semifinals With Win Over Franklin Regional

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In the regular season finale earlier in the month, North Allegheny claimed a 5-0 sweep over Franklin Regional. Facing off again in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals on Wednesday, the Tigers once more earned a 5-0 victory and advanced to the WPIAL semifinals for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons. It’s also the third consecutive season NA dealt the Panthers a playoff loss.

Helping the Tigers to the victory were singles players Sara Fernandez, Emily Wincko and Abbey Swirsding. All three picked up wins, including a hard-fought triumph by Swirsding at No. 3 singles over Michelle Yan, 6-4, 6-3.

At No. 1 doubles, the tandem of Reagan Dougherty and Eileen Hu seized an exciting win in three sets, 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3, over Lucy Zheng and Makenzie Marcus. The No. 2 pairing of Tia Soussou and Rebecca Murphy cruised to a 6-1, 6-0, victory over their opponents.

Third-seeded North Allegheny improves to 13-2 overall and returns to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals to face second-seeded Shady Side Academy on Monday at Sewickley Academy at 3:00 pm.

Girls Tennis Summary vs. Franklin Regional, 10-12-22

Match Summary
#1Sara Fernandez (NA) def. Ellen Liu (FR)6-1, 6-1
#2Emily Wincko (NA) def. Hannah Zheng (FR)6-1, 6-0
#3Abbey Swirsding (NA) def. Michelle Yan (FR)6-4, 6-3
#1Reagan Dougherty/Eileen Hu (NA) def. Lucy Zheng/Mackenzie Marcus (FR)6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3
#2Tia Soussou/Rebecca Murphy (NA) def. Chloe Kruck/Chelsea Williams (FR)6-1, 6-0