WPIAL Girls’ Tennis Doubles Championship Brackets Revealed
Monday, October 4, 2021
Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) announced its girls’ tennis Doubles Championship brackets on Monday afternoon, with a total of 62 student-athletes qualifying through section tournaments held from Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
Schools competed in four different sections in the 3A classification and five different sections in the 2A classification. 3A brackets saw its top four finishers earn WPIAL Championship qualification, while the top three finishers moved on from the 2A brackets.
The WPIAL 2A and 3A Doubles Championships will be held on Oct. 6-7.
SECTION 1-AAA [Results]
The Greater Latrobe duo of Jenna Bell and Carolina Walters claimed the Section 1-AAA doubles title with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Franklin Regional’s Ellen Liu and Sarah Gardner. Bell and Walters dispatched of their first two opponents by identical 10-0 scores, then defeated teammates Maya Jain and Emily Pierce by a 6-1, 6-1 line to move onto the final. Liu and Gardner were victorious in the first two rounds by 10-1 scores, then topped Norwin’s Jenna Beach and Sydney Pesarsick in two sets (6-3, 6-2) to advance. Beach and Pesarsick came back from a set down to defeat Jain and Piece in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) in the third-place consolation match.
Bell now has four Section 1-AAA doubles championships under her belt, winning her second with Walters after previously doing so in 2019. Gardner, Beach, Pesarsick, and Pierce will all be making their first appearances in the WPIAL 3A Doubles Championship.
Advancing to WPIALs: Jenna Bell (12) / Carolina Walters (12), Greater Latrobe; Ellen Liu (10) / Sarah Gardner (12), Franklin Regional; Jenna Beach (12) / Sydney Pesarsick (12), Norwin; Maya Jain (12) / Emily Pierce (12), Greater Latrobe
SECTION 2-AAA [Results]
North Allegheny’s Emily Wincko and Abbey Swirsding captured the Section 2-AAA doubles crown in a marathon match, defeating Moon’s Maria Lounder and Amanda Koren in three sets with two tiebreakers (6-7(3), 7-6(5), 6-1). Wincko and Swirsding won 10-2 and 10-4 in their first two matches before sweeping Mars duo Cece Crowley and Lauren Miko by a 6-0, 6-0 scoreline to reach the final. Lounder and Koren tallied 10-0 and 10-2 wins to open the bracket, then defeated Hampton’s Megan King and Grace Stitt in two sets (6-0, 6-2) to advance. King and Stitt claimed the third-place consolation match with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Crowley and Miko.
Wincko climbed three spots from her fourth-place finish in 2020, while Lounder and Koren have now made in three consecutive years in the top three. Swirsding, King, Stitt, Crowley, and Miko are all appearing in their first WPIAL 3A Doubles Championship.
Advancing to WPIALs: Emily Wincko (11) / Abbey Swirsding (11), North Allegheny; Maria Lounder (12) / Amanda Koren (12), Moon; Megan King (12) / Grace Stitt (9), Hampton; Cece Crowley (10) / Lauren Miko (12), Mars
SECTION 3-AAA [Results]
The 10th-grade team of Elana Sobol and Rachel Nath of Shady Side Academy picked up the win in the Section 3-AAA doubles bracket, knocking off Fox Chapel’s Katie Voigt and Carissa Shepard by a 6-0, 6-1 scoreline. Sobol and Nath dropped just a single set in their first two matches, then outlasted Oakland Catholic’s Isabella Liu-Lopez and Abby Santora in a three-set thriller (6-1, 6-7(4), 7-5) to sew up a spot in the finals. Voigt and Shepard earned 10-1 and 10-2 victories in their first two bouts before topping Baldwin’s Emma Overlingas and Gabi Moder in two frames (6-2, 7-5). Liu-Lopez and Santora earned the win in the third-place consolation match with a 6-4, 7-6(6) triumph over Overlingas and Moder.
Sobol and Nath improved two spots from their freshman finish in 2020. Shepard will compete in her fourth WPIAL 3A Doubles Championship, and Voigt will appear in her third after the Fox Chapel duo won the Section 3-AAA title last year. Liu-Lopez is also playing in her third consecutive WPIAL tournament, while Santora, Overlingas, and Moder are making their debuts this week.
Advancing to WPIALs: Elana Sobol (10) / Rachel Nath (10), Shady Side Academy; Katie Voigt (12) / Carissa Shepard (12), Fox Chapel; Isabella Liu-Lopez (12) / Abby Santora (10), Oakland Catholic; Emma Overlingas (11) / Gabi Moder (10), Baldwin
SECTION 4-AAA [Results]
Upper St. Clair pair Evie Ellenberger and Claire Loomis took home the Section 4-AAA doubles championship in three sets (1-6, 6-3, 7-5), outlasting Bethel Park duo Katie Peterson and Lily Sierka. Ellenberger and Loomis won their opening two matches by scores of 10-1 and 10-4, then defeated Peters Township’s Adisyn Moorhead and Bella Englesberg by a 6-4, 6-4 scoreline. The Bethel Park team dropped a single set over their first two bouts, and topped Mt. Lebanon’s Luisa Warnecke and Sophia Cunningham in two sets (6-4, 7-5) to advance to the final. Warnecke and Cunningham won the third-place consolation match over Moorhead and Englesberg by a 7-6(4), 7-5 decision.
All eight competitors will be making their WPIAL 3A Doubles Championship debut this week.
Advancing to WPIALs: Evie Ellenberger (10) / Claire Loomis (11), Upper St. Clair; Katie Peterson (10) / Lily Sierka (10), Bethel Park; Luisa Warnecke (12) / Sophia Cunningham (10), Mt. Lebanon / Adisyn Moorhead (11) / Bella Englesberg (12), Peters Township
SECTION 1-AA [Results]
Valley’s Eden Richey and Rachel Schrock improved one spot from their 2020 Section 1-AA doubles performance, capturing the title with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Burrell’s Caroline Dynka and Jillian Perry. Richey and Schrock tallied wins of 10-0 and 10-2 in their first two rounds before topping Southmoreland’s Alycia Derry and Elle Pawlikowsky by a 6-2, 6-0 scoreline. The Burrell duo won 10-3 and 10-2 to start the tournament, then dispatched of Gigi Pediconi and Sasha Hoffman of Greensburg Central Catholic by a 6-0, 7-5 decision to move onto the final. Derry and Pawlikowsky claimed the final WPIAL 2A Doubles Championship spot with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 victory in the third-place consolation match.
Richey will be playing in her third straight WPIAL 2A Doubles Championship, while Schrock and Dynka are making their second appearance. Perry, Derry, and Pawlikowsky will all make their debuts this week.
Advancing to WPIALs: Eden Richey (12) / Rachel Schrock (12), Valley; Caroline Dynka (12) / Jillian Perry (12), Burrell; Alycia Derry (12) / Elle Pawlikowsky (12), Southmoreland
SECTION 2-AA [Results]
South Park swept the top two spots in the Section 2-AA doubles bracket, with the team of Haley Spitznagel and Layla Gillis winning with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over teammates Ava Rongaus and Larissa Mannheimer. Spitznagel and Gillis had a bye to begin the tournament, then won 10-2 in their quarterfinal match before moving onto the championship match with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Winchester Thurston’s Amy Jin and Zoe Apostolopoulos. Rongaus needed three sets to move onto the final, topping Ringgold’s Rebecca McIntosh and Julia Corey by a 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 scoreline. McIntosh and Corey moved onto the WPIAL 2A Doubles Championship with a 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-1 win in the third-place consolation match.
Spitznagel has made her third straight WPIAL 2A Doubles Championship after winning Section 2-AA gold in 2020 and finishing second in the 2019 Section 1-AA tournament. Gillis was one half of the 2020 runner-up team in Section 2-AA play. Rongaus, Mannheimer, McIntosh, and Corey will all appear in their first WPIAL 2A Doubles Championship.
Advancing to WPIALs: Haley Spitznagel (11) / Layla Gillis (11), South Park; Ava Rongaus (11) / Larissa Mannheimer (10), South Park; Rebecca McIntosh (12) / Julia Corey (12), Ringgold
SECTION 3-AA [Results]
Knoch sisters Emily and Lindsey Greb captured the Section 3-AA doubles championship with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over teammates Ava Santora and Jade Nether. The Greb duo dropped just a single set over the course of the tournament, winning their quarterfinal by a 10-0 score before defeating North Catholic’s Riley Pyland and Sophie Stumm in two sets (6-1, 6-0). Santora and Nether won their quarterfinal, 10-2, and advanced to the final with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over The Ellis School’s Erika Rispoli and Hadley Kalson. Rispoli and Kalson qualified for the WPIAL 2A Doubles Championship after defeating the North Catholic team in two sets (6-2, 7-5) in the third-place consolation match.
Emily Greb and Santora finished third in last year’s Section 3-AA doubles tournament and will be competing in their second WPIAL 2A Doubles Championship. Lindsey Greb, Nether, Rispoli, and Kalson will all make their WPIAL debut this week.
Advancing to WPIALs: Emily Greb (10) / Lindsey Greb (10), Knoch; Ava Santora (10) / Jade Nether (10), Knoch; Erika Rispoli (12) / Hadley Kalson (12), The Ellis School
SECTION 4-AA [Results]
Beaver claimed the top two spots in the Section 4-AA doubles bracket, with Chloe DeSanzo and Fiona Rubino defeating teammates Isabel Rubino and Lily Pruszenski in the final, 6-1, 6-4. DeSanzo and Fiona Rubino won their quarterfinal match, 10-1, then topped Elena Noga and Chloe Maalouf in the semifinal in two sets (6-0, 6-1). Isabel Rubino and Pruszenski advanced to the semifinal with a 10-3 win, and got past the Central Valley duo of Lauryn Johnsen and Lana Gagne by a 6-2, 6-1 scoreline to move onto the final. Johnsen and Gagne snagged the final WPIAL spot with a 6-1, 6-1 win in the third-place consolation match.
DeSanzo is now a two-time Section 4-AA doubles champion, having helped claim the crown last year. Fiona and Isabel Rubino finished runner-up the previous two seasons and will compete in their third WPIAL 2A Doubles Championship. This will be the first appearance for Pruszenski, Johnsen, and Gagne.
Advancing to WPIALs: Chloe DeSanzo (10) / Fiona Rubino (12), Beaver; Isabel Rubino (12) / Lily Pruszenski (11), Beaver; Lauryn Johnsen (12) / Lana Gagne (10), Central Valley
SECTION 5-AA [Results]
Sewickley Academy’s Kirsten Close and Roshni Thakkar took home the Section 5-AA doubles championship with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Montour’s Madilyn Rimbey and Peja Cruise. Close and Thakkar didn’t lose a set on their way to the final, winning 10-0 in the quarterfinal before a 6-0, 6-0 win over Keystone Oaks’ Julia Piatt and Poila Vladeva in the semifinal. Rimbey and Cruise also won their quarterfinal by a 10-0 score, then defeated Anjali Shah and Rayna Thakkar of Sewickley Academy in two sets (6-3, 6-2). Shah and Rayna Thakkar claimed the final WPIAL 2A Doubles Championship spot with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the third-place consolation match.
Rimbey, Cruise, and Roshni Thakkar will all make their second WPIAL 2A Doubles Championship appearance this week. Cruise and Rimbey finished as the Section 5-AA doubles runner-up last year, and Thakkar claimed the same spot in Section 4-AA in 2019.
Advancing to WPIALs: Kirsten Close (9) / Roshni Thakkar (12), Sewickley Academy; Madilyn Rimbey (12) / Peja Cruise (9), Montour; Anjali Shah (10) / Rayna Thakkar (9), Sewickley Academy