Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The Neshannock High girls tennis team’s bid for a WPIAL playoff berth came to an end yesterday.
Riverside held off the Lady Lancers for a 3-2 Section 2-AA victory in the season finale. The loss eliminated Neshannock from playoff contention.
The Lady Lancers (6-6 section, 7-6 overall) needed to beat Riverside and have Blackhawk knock off the Lady Panthers tomorrow.
“We were a couple of points here or there away from going to the playoffs. It was a close match,” Neshannock coach Chuck Dess said.
“I thought the girls had a great year. We improved on our team wins, coming close to doubling them. The girls kept getting better and better throughout the year. We were in every single match and the future looks really bright.”
Meg Johntony (No. 2) won the lone singles match for Neshannock. The doubles tandem of Maria Acosta/Cecelia Weingart (No. 1) also picked up a victory.
The Lady Lancers’ No. 2 doubles team of Arti Anna Ribarevski/Erin Warvell lost 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in a match that went nearly three hours.
“They could have easily thrown in the towel,” Dess said of his No. 2 doubles tandem. “They showed all the maturity and composure they have. That match could have gone either way.”
Following are the results:
Riverside 3, Neshannock 2
1. Sara Sutter (R) def. Gabby Giangiuli 6-3, 6-0.
2. Meg Johntony (N) def. Michaela Burr 6-0, 6-3.
3. Tristan Beighey (R) def. Brittany Moses (N) 6-2, 6-1.
1. Maria Acosta/Cecelia Weingart (N) def. Samantha Maietta/Ashley Kemp-Miller 6-3, 6-1.
2. Kaitlyn Marweg/Sierra Veighey (R) def. Arti Anna Ribarevski/Erin Warvell 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.
1. Madison Jones/Aleesha Berkley (N) won 6-1.
2. Jenna Richardson/Zoe Karstadt (N) won 6-2.
Neshannock dropped a 3-0 Section 5-A decision to Sewickley Academy.
The host Panthers led 2-0 at the half.
Josh Maggi made 19 saves in goal for Neshannock. The Lancers attempted eight shots on goal.
Sewickley Academy rolled over Neshannock on Tuesday, 6-0.
“We actually put an extra attacker up top and we gained possession a little bit more,” Lancers coach Dustin Ault said. “It worked for us. A team like Sewickley Academy is going to get their goals.”
Marc Delio, Jon Clark and Matt Balczon scored two goals each to lead the Greyhounds to a 6-0 District 10, Region 2-AA win over Franklin.
Wilmington (5-1, 9-1) was coming off a 3-1 loss to Slippery Rock on Monday.
“My team responded to a loss very well and showed they wanted to be the top team in the region,” Greyhounds coach Christian Davoli said.
Ian Behm made eight saves in goal for Wilmington, which led 2-0 at the half.
Sewickley Academy pulled away in the second half for a 3-0 Section 1-A win over Neshannock.
The Lady Panthers held a 1-0 advantage at the half.
Rachel Iorio made nine saves in goal for the visiting Lady Lancers.
The Lady Lancers (7-3-1, 8-4-1) had three shots on goal.
“It was definitely some pretty tough competition,” Neshannock coach Christine McConnell said. “The first time around, we lost 1-0 to them. I definitely think we’re a team that can compete with them. But we have to stay tight on everything we do.
“Rachel made some really nice saves in goal, too.”