Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sewickley Crashes East State Title Party

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sewickley Crashes East State Title Party

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Everyone had grown so accustomed to the thought of Harriton and/ or Wyomissing as the PIAA Class AA girls tennis team champions that even the players on those teams began to believe it had become an annual foregone conclusion.

Sewickley Academy's players were seemingly the only ones to avoid buying into the hype.

These Panthers ruined the preordained destinies of Harriton and Wyomissing, crashed the Eastern Pennsylvania party and became PIAA champions.

Sewickley Academy capped an undefeated season with its first PIAA girls tennis championship this past Saturday at the Hershey Racquet Club. The Panthers defeated seven-time defending champion Harriton, 4-0, in the semifinals and later that day defeated four-time champion Wyomissing, 5-0, in the title match.

"The best part about it was no one was expecting us to come out and win," senior doubles player Annie Magovern said. "We actually heard both of those teams talking about how they were going to play each other in the finals.

"No, actually, we beat both you guys."

Since the PIAA began staging team tennis tournaments in 2000, either Wyomissing of District 3 or District 1 power Harriton had won every girls Class AA title. The two teams twice met in the finals, including last season.

"We got to the final, and we were just like, 'OK, let's do this,'" Magovern said. "It was so exiting; we knew we could do it.

"It's just awesome. Being seniors, this is the last year for some of us, but it was the best year we ever had. Everyone is going to remember this forever."

Sewickley Academy was perfect not only in season record but also in all of its individual matches in postseason play.

Up and down the lineup -- first singles, second singles, third singles, first doubles, second doubles -- Sewickley Academy's players won all 34 matches they played during the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs.

"It really shows how deep the team was overall," first singles player Eva Sung said. "Everyone contributed, and that makes it even more especially great when that happens. …

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