It had been 29 years since Mt. Lebanon had a WPIAL girls tennis singles champion, but Callie Frey broke the streak Friday.
The Blue Devils junior defeated conference rival and good friend Megan Adamo of Upper St. Clair, 6-2, 6-0, to capture the WPIAL Class AAA championship at North Allegheny High School.
"It means so much to me, so I'm excited," Frey said. "I've worked pretty hard to get here."
While most of the players competing in the Class AAA and Class AA finals and consolation finals Friday had only their families and coaches on hand, Frey also had the support of the Blue Devils, who traveled to the event to watch Frey become the first girls champion from the school since 1983.
"It is remarkable," said Mt. Lebanon coach Ginny Chambers. "That's why the team is here. This is an individual event but it is so huge for our school. I couldn't be more proud of Callie. She played her game and did what she needed to do."
It was the third time since Sept. 10 that Frey has beaten Adamo in straight sets. The two have been the No. 1 singles players for their respective teams the past three seasons, which has led to many matches between them since both schools play in the same section.
But off the court, the two have seen even more of each other. Frey and Adamo have played together for almost eight years, and often train together. Their families even travel together to national tournaments.
During the final Friday, the two could be seen joking in between changeovers. After the match, they both were smiling and posing for pictures together.
Now the two will travel to Hershey together. The top two from the WPIAL Class AAA singles tournament advanced to state, so Frey and Adamo will play in their first PIAA singles tournament Nov. 2-3 in Hershey. Both have previously qualified for the PIAA tournament in doubles.
Three girls qualified from WPIAL Class AA.
In the final, Quaker Valley senior Spencer Caravaggio won her second WPIAL singles title, defeating Greensburg Central Catholic freshman Alyvia Kluska, 6-1, 6-1.
Caravaggio, who won the 2010 WPIAL singles title, took the crown despite her inability to serve overhand. She has some loose ligaments in her right shoulder, so she has worn a shoulder brace on-and-off for the past two weeks, yet she lost only four total points in the tournament.
Caravaggio and Kluska qualified for the Class AA singles tournament, as did Sewickley Academy junior Sydney Miggantz, who defeated Beaver senior Raquel Holiday, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, in the consolation final.
First Published September 22, 2012 4:15 AM