Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Coach and New Set of Goals Inspiring Sewickley Academy

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Coach and New Set of Goals Inspiring Sewickley Academy

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Rob Castille was looking for an excuse to come home.

The Southwestern Pennsylvania native, who lived in Minnesota for five years, got his chance when two tennis pro jobs opened up. While one of those positions was head pro at Green Oaks Country Club in Verona, the other was head coach of the Sewickley Academy girls' tennis team.

"I had been looking to come home for about two years," Castille said. He was hired to replace Matt Sullivan, who resigned to take a teaching position at Shady Side Academy. "I'm very excited. I get to take over a real good team."

The strength of the Panthers team comes from a pair of Emilys. While one is a senior and the other a freshman, singles players Emily Greenburger and Emily Urba share more than just first names

"They are similar type players," Castille said. "They are baseliners with solid ground strokes. Greenburger is a baseliner. She can bang with them and hit hard but can also rally and keep the ball in play. [Urba] really doesn't have a weakness. She has a pretty good serve. I'm working with both of them to take it to the next level."

Considering for second singles Greenburger, her level last year was third in the WPIAL Class AA in singles, that next level figures to be pretty high. A level that may be even higher for Urba, who is currently playing above Greenburger in the lineup at the ripe old age of 14.

"As a freshmen, she needs to work on her serve and her net game. She's got plenty of time though, she's 14," Castille said.

Diana Soloman (third singles), junior Erin Pflugh and senior Maritza Harper (first doubles) and senior Laura Hoch and junior Maggie O'Hara (second doubles), support a top two that could be the best in the WPIAL.

"It's good. I don't think I can go wrong with putting either one at 1 or 2," Castille said. "It's a nice problem to have."

Count Greenburger among those happiest she has a teammate to push her for the top spot.

"It's great because we lost our No. 2 singles player from last year so we we're looking to fill the spot," Greenburger said. "It's great to have Emily here. She's a great player. We just want to have the best people out there. …

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