Fox Chapel’s Campbell can advance to states with victory today
Fox Chapel tennis player Amanda Campbell is one match away from her goal — making it to states.
Campbell will play in the WPIAL Class AAA girls singles consolation match at 2 p.m. today at Norwin High School against North Allegheny’s Sabrina Smyers.
The top three WPIAL finishers move on to the PIAA singles tournament.
Campbell, the Section 3-AAA singles champion, defeated Indiana’s Christy Bungo, 10-0, in the first round Tuesday at the Oxford Athletic Club, Monroeville.
Class AAA was relocated indoors from Norwin High School due to inclement weather.
Quarterfinal play pitted Campbell against Amanda El-Tobgy in a rematch of sorts. In the 2000 WPIAL singles tournament, El-Tobgy defeated Campbell in the first round.
However, Campbell evened that score as she defeated El-Tobgy, 10-8.
After a grueling day of tennis, Campbell lost in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-2 to North Allegheny’s Kim Whelan.
“It’s hard to play that much tennis in one day,” Fox Chapel coach Emma Dieffenbach said. “Amanda was winning the first set against Whelan, but it just got to be physically too much.”
Fox Chapel’s Megan Damico was defeated in the first round by Latrobe’s Mary Wilson, 10-5.
Dieffenbach said she was proud of her players.
“Our WPIALs are one of the hardest, toughest draws there is,” Dieffenbach said. “They played really well. It’s tough competition out there.”
Both the coach and Campbell believe they have a good chance of making it to states.
Campbell is the only local player to make it past the first round of the WPIAL tournament.
In the preliminary round of the tournament, Burrell’s Libby Shaw defeated Brianne Ludwick of Mt. Pleasant, 10-4, at the Green Tree Racquet Club. Shaw was later defeated in the first round by No. 1-seeded Kristi Borza of Beaver.
Borza finished second in the WPIAL singles tournament last year behind teammate Alexandra Kaluza.
“The Beaver team is our nemesis every year,” Burrell coach Julie Ondako said. “We lost to them twice in team playoffs. They have a strong program.”
Ondako said she knew what would happen after seeing the seedings.
“Libby played very well,” Ondako said. “But we kind of knew going in what would happen.”
Valley’s Christa Livorio was defeated in the preliminary round by Oakland Catholic’s Cassie Burke, 10-1.
Section 4-AA singles champion Leah Marmo of West Shamokin also lost in the first round to Quaker Valley’s Annie Houghton, 10-0.
This was also a surprise to area coaches as Marmo was undefeated in section play.
The Class AA finals and consolation match are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Keystone Oaks High School.
VND Fab 5
1. Fox Chapel (1)
2. Burrell (3)
3. Valley (2)
4. Highlands (5)
5. Knoch (4)
Note: Last week’s ranking in parenthesis.