Shady Side Academy's Greco a Dominant Force

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When Shady Side Academy senior Lauren Greco started playing tennis, she was 6 years old and liked to trade volleys with her brother, who is seven years her elder.

Obviously, she was a little out of her league.

Now, there are few players in the state who are in the same league with the Oakmont resident.

Greco is ranked No. 1 by the United States Tennis Association in the Girls 18 Singles division in the Middle States region, which covers Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and part of West Virginia.

Nationally, Greco is No. 88.

The rankings are based on points earned at USTA-sanctioned tournaments.

Greco is taking her accolades in stride.

"I don't think it's overwhelming," Greco said. "I've worked really hard my whole life. It's a great feeling."

In high school competition this season, Greco is poised to take a swing at the quadruple crown.

Greco is the favorite to win the WPIAL Class AAA singles championship and will be in the hunt for the PIAA title, as well. She also leads a talented team that might end up bringing home both titles.

The WPIAL individual finals are set for Thursday at North Allegheny and Friday at Shady Side.

The WPIAL and PIAA team tournaments will be Oct. 15-18 and 26- 27, respectively, and the PIAA individual championships will follow Nov. 2-3 in Hershey.

Last season, Greco finished second in the WPIAL -- losing to rival Alison Riske of Peters Township in the final -- and then took third in the state. …