Roundup: Latrobe freshman headed to PIAAs
Karissa Walker may have moved on to the United States Air Force Academy, but Greater Latrobe just might have another tennis star.
Wildcats freshman Michaela Kissell qualified for the PIAA tennis championships by advancing to today’s WPIAL final at Norwin High School.
Kissell will face the top seed, North Allegheny’s Kim Whelan, at 2 p.m.
“I just played hard and tried to keep my cool,” said Kissell, who has been playing tennis since she was two years old. “My semifinal score doesn’t really reflect how tough that match was. I guess I just didn’t feel a lot of pressure because I am a freshman.”
Kissell advanced to the title match with a win over Upper St. Clair’s Shayna Miller 6-1, 6-3 in yesterday’s semifinal at the Oxford Athletic Club in Monroeville.
“She has been an added light to our team,” Latrobe coach Ronnie Struemph said. “She is a freshman, but she puts pressure on herself to play her best. She practices and trains really hard all the time.”
Whelan reached the title match by defeating Latrobe’s Mary Wilson in the quarterfinals and Amanda Campbell of Fox Chapel 6-4, 6-2 in the semis.