Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Peters' Hard Work Yields a Wpial Title Tennis

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Peters' Hard Work Yields a Wpial Title Tennis

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Peters Township cruised to a 5-0 victory against Shady Side Academy to win its second consecutive WPIAL Class AAA team title last Thursday., but reaching the final was anything but easy for the Indians.

Peters Township has only lost one match over the past two years. That came almost one month ago in a non-section contest against Mt. Lebanon.

Due to that loss, the defending WPIAL and PIAA champions were given only the No. 4 seed at the 2011 WPIAL Class AAA team tournament. Three undefeated teams -- Mt. Lebanon, North Allegheny and Shady Side -- were awarded higher seeds than the Indians.

With the way the WPIAL bracket was constructed, Peters and Mt. Lebanon would have a rematch in the semifinals if the seeding held and that match would be for a PIAA playoff berth, since only the top two teams from the WPIAL qualify for the PIAA bracket.

The seeding did hold and the two teams met in the semifinals. But this time, the Indians prevailed.

"It was such an intense match," Peters Township sophomore Abby Cummings said. "It was intense the whole time."

Cummings played a pivotal role in the victory against the Blue Devils.

Just like the first match, Mt. Lebanon won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, while Peters took the two doubles matches. But the difference this time was that Cummings defeated Jessie Warshaw, 6- 2, 7-6 (7-2) at No. 3 singles. Warshaw beat Cummings in the regular- season matchup.

"That was a big win for [Cummings]," Bowman said. "Playing at No. 3 singles, a lot of times you aren't getting a lot of competition and so she needed a big win like that. I think going into Mt. Lebanon, we knew we needed to win the doubles matches and get one singles match. Her match, realistically, was our best shot and she came through in straight sets after losing to Jessie a few weeks ago. That was big for her confidence."

Cummings, who paired with No. …

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