Greater Latrobe, Knoch Duos Win WPIAL Girls’ Tennis Doubles Titles

Thursday, October 7, 2021


Wexford, Pa. – The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) crowned its 2A and 3A Girls’ Tennis Doubles champions on Thursday afternoon at North Allegheny High School. For 3A, Greater Latrobe seniors Jenna Bell and Carolina Walters claimed the gold, while in the 2A bracket it was Knoch’s Emily and Lindsey Greb that emerged on top.

CLASS 3A RECAP

Greater Latrobe’s Jenna Bell and Carolina Walters improved one spot from their 2019 WPIAL 3A Doubles Championship result, winning the title with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over top-seeded sophomore duo Elana Sobol and Rachel Nath of Shady Side Academy. The Greater Latrobe pair opened with wins of 10-1 against Hampton’s Megan King and Grace Stitt and 10-0 versus Bethel Park’s Katie Peterson and Lily Sierka over the first two rounds. Bell and Walters finished their Wednesday with a two-set win (6-1, 6-0) over Moon’s Maria Lounder and Amanda Koren in the semifinals.

The Shady Side Academy sophomores began their WPIAL run with a 10-1 victory over Mars duo Cece Crowley and Lauren Miko, followed by a 10-5 victory against Oakland Catholic’s Isabella Liu-Lopez and Abby Santora. Sobol and Nath fell behind early in their semifinal match against North Allegheny’s Emily Wincko and Abbey Swirsding, but ultimately came back to clinch their PIAA 3A Doubles Championship spot in three sets (3-6, 6-0, 6-4).

Lounder and Koren claimed the final PIAA spot by taking home bronze in the third-place consolation match, defeating Wincko and Swirsding in a three-set thriller (6-3, 5-7, 6-2).

Bell and Walters went 1-1 in their previous PIAA appearance in 2019. This will be the first time at PIAAs for both Sobol and Nath, and Lounder and Koren.

CLASS 2A RECAP

Knoch sophomore twins Emily and Lindsey Greb were victorious in the 2A bracket, capturing the crown with a 6-4, 6-3 decision over second-seeded Kirsten Close and Roshni Thakkar of Sewickley Academy. The Grebs entered the competition in the quarterfinals following a first-round bye, first topping South Park pair Haley Spitznagel and Layla Gillis by a 10-2 scoreline. They then secured their championship match slot with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Montour’s Madilyn Rimbey and Peja Cruise.

Close and Thakkar finished the first two rounds unblemished, topping Ringgold’s Rebecca McIntosh and Julia Corey as well as Knoch’s Ava Santora and Jade Nether by identical 10-0 scores. The Sewickley Academy duo were tested by Beaver’s Chloe DeSanzo and Fiona Rubino in the semifinals, but pulled out a 6-3, 6-4 victory to secure a PIAA 3A Doubles Championship spot.

Rimbey and Cruise qualified for PIAAs after winning the third-place consolation match over DeSanzo and Rubino in two sets (7-6(3), 6-3).

Greb and Greb make it three years in a row that a Knoch duo has won the WPIAL 2A Doubles Championship. All three teams will be making their PIAA doubles debut.

CLASS 3A RESULTS [Bracket]

First Round – Oct. 6
#1 Elana Sobol (10) & Rachel Nath (10 – Shady Side Academy) def. #16 Cece Crowley (10) & Lauren Miko (12 – Mars), 10-1.
#9 Isabella Liu-Lopez (12) & Abby Santora (10 – Oakland Catholic) def. #8 Ellen Liu (10) & Sarah Gardner (12 – Franklin Regional), 10-6.
#5 Katie Voigt (12) & Carissa Shepard (12 – Fox Chapel) def. #12 Luisa Warnecke (12) & Sophia Cunningham (10 – Mt. Lebanon), 11-10(5).
#4 Emily Wincko (11) & Abbey Swirsding (11 – North Allegheny) def. #13 Adisyn Moorhead (11) & Bella Englesberg (12 – Peters Township) by forfeit.
#3 Evie Ellenberger (10) & Claire Loomis (11 – Upper St. Clair) def. #14 Maya Jain (12) & Emily Pierce (12 – Greater Latrobe), 10-6.
#6 Maria Lounder (12) & Amanda Koren (12 – Moon) def. #11 Emma Overlingas (11) & Gabi Moder (10 – Baldwin), 10-3.
#7 Katie Peterson (10) & Lily Sierka (10 – Bethel Park) def. #10 Jenna Beach (12) & Sydney Pesarsick (12 – Norwin), 10-4.
#2 Jenna Bell (12) & Carolina Walters (12 – Greater Latrobe) def. #15 Megan King (12) & Grace Stitt (9 – Hampton), 10-1.

Quarterfinals – Oct. 6
#1 Sobol/Nath def. #9 Liu-Lopez/Santora, 10-5.
#4 Wincko/Swirsding def. #5 Voigt/Shepard, 10-5.
#6 Lounder/Koren def. #3 Ellenberger/Loomis, 10-2.
#2 Bell/Walters def. #7 Peterson/Sierka, 10-0.

Semifinals – Oct. 6
#1 Sobol/Nath def. #4 Wincko/Swirsding, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.
#2 Bell/Walters def. #6 Lounder/Koren, 6-1, 6-0.

Third-Place Consolation – Oct. 7
#6 Lounder/Koren def. #4 Wincko/Swirsding, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

Championship Match – Oct. 7
#2 Bell/Walters def. #1 Sobol/Nath, 6-3, 6-3.

Advancing to PIAAs: Jenna Bell (12) & Carolina Walters (12), Greater Latrobe; Elana Sobol (10) & Rachel Nath (10), Shady Side Academy; Maria Lounder (12) & Amanda Koren (12), Moon

CLASS 2A RESULTS [Bracket]

First Round – Oct. 6
#1 Emily Greb (10) & Lindsey Greb (10 – Knoch) received a BYE.
#8 Haley Spitznagel (11) & Layla Gillis (11 – South Park) def. #9 Isabel Rubino (12) & Lily Pruszenski (11 – Beaver), 10-7.
#5 Eden Richey (12) & Rachel Schrock (12 – Valley) def. #12 Ava Rongaus (11) & Larissa Mannheimer (10 – South Park), 10-2.
#4 Madilyn Rimbey (12) & Peja Cruise (9 – Montour) def. #13 Lauryn Johnsen (12) & Lara Gagne (10 – Central Valley), 10-1.
#3 Chloe DeSanzo (10) & Fiona Rubino (12 – Beaver) def. #14 Erika Rispoli (12) & Hadley Kalson (12 – The Ellis School), 10-3.
#6 Anjali Shah (10) & Rayna Thakkar (9 – Sewickley Academy) def. #11 Alycia Derry (12) & Elle Pawlikowsky (12 – Southmoreland), 10-4.
#7 Ava Santora (10) & Jade Nether (10 – Knoch) def. #10 Caroline Dynka (12) & Jillian Perry (12 – Burrell), 10-2.
#2 Kirsten Close (9) & Roshni Thakkar (12 – Sewickley Academy) def. #15 Rebecca McIntosh (12) & Julia Corey (12 – Ringgold), 10-0.

Quarterfinals – Oct. 6
#1 E. Greb/L. Greb def. #8 Spitznagel/Gillis, 10-2.
#4 Rimbey/Cruise def. #5 Richey/Schrock, 10-1.
#3 DeSanzo/F. Rubino def. #6 Shah/Ra. Thakkar, 11-10(3).
#2 Close/Ro. Thakkar def. #7 Santora/Nether, 10-0.

Semifinals – Oct. 6
#1 E. Greb/L. Greb def. #4 Rimbey/Cruise, 6-1, 6-0.
#2 Close/Ro. Thakkar def. #3 DeSanzo/F. Rubino, 6-3, 6-4.

Third-Place Consolation – Oct. 7
#4 Rimbey/Cruise def. #3 DeSanzo/F. Rubino, 7-6(3), 6-3.

Championship Match – Oct. 7
#1 E. Greb/L. Greb def. #2 Close/Ro. Thakkar, 6-4, 6-3.

Advancing to PIAAs: Emily Greb (10) & Lindsey Greb (10), Knoch; Kirsten Close (9) & Roshni Thakkar (12), Sewickley Academy; Madilyn Rimbey (12) & Peja Cruise (9), Montour

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