Tigers Punch Ticket To WPIAL Championship

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The North Allegheny girls’ tennis team advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA championship for the first time since 2018 with a 3-2 semifinal win over Shady Side Academy on Monday afternoon. At neutral site Sewickley Academy, the Tigers picked up a pair of wins in singles play and a pivotal victory at No. 2 doubles.

At No. 1 singles, junior Sara Fernandez earned a 6-4, 6-2, triumph over Nicole Poltinnikov. Senior Abbey Swirsding cruised to a 6-1, 6-1, win against Caroline McLaughlin at No. 3 singles. The No. 2 doubles tandem of Tia Soussou and Rebecca Murphy tallied the decisive victory with a 6-4, 6-2, win against Sarah Voigt and Grace Masterson.

North Allegheny improves to 14-2 overall and will take on Mt. Lebanon in the WPIAL Class AAA championship on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Washington & Jefferson College’s Janet L. Swanson Tennis Center.

Girls Tennis Summary vs. Shady Side Academy, 10-17-22

Match Summary
#1Sara Fernandez (NA) def. Nicole Poltinnikov (SSA)6-4, 6-2
#2Rachel Nath (SSA) def. Emily Wincko (NA)7-6 (8-6), 6-4
#3Abbey Swirsding (NA) def. Caroline McLaughlin (SSA)6-1, 6-1
#1Maya Leyzarovich/Lizzie Uhlman (SSA) def. Reagan Dougherty/Eileen Hu (NA)6-3, 2-6, 6-3
#2Tia Soussou/Rebecca Murphy (NA) def. Sarah Voigt/Grace Masterson (SSA)6-4, 6-2