The Sewickley Academy girls tennis program has a PIAA team title, multiple WPIAL team titles, a WPIAL singles champion and a few WPIAL doubles victors.
But last Thursday was a first for the Panthers program.
For the first time, Sewickley had both finalists in the WPIAL Class AA singles championship, with senior Samantha Gohh defeating fellow Panthers senior Sydney Miggantz, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 at North Allegheny High School.
"Samantha and Sydney have been an honor to coach for the past four years," Sewickley Academy coach Whitney Snyder said.
"They're the leaders, the co-captains of the team. I'm tremendously proud of them, not only for how they played, but for how they carried themselves."
Neither player was the favorite in her semifinal match.
Miggantz, who finished third in the WPIAL singles tournament last season to advance to states, was seeded fourth and faced No. 1 seed Michaela Kluska, a freshman at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Gohh, the third seed, faced off against No. 2 seed, sophomore Alyvia Kluska, the older sister of Michaela. Alyvia Kluska was the WPIAL Class AA singles tournament runner-up in 2012.
But Gohh and Miggantz rose to the challenge, with each winning in straight sets to reach the final.
"The Kluska girls are outstanding players and Samantha and Sydney just focused well, competed well, carried themselves well and represented Sewickley Academy well," said Snyder.
Gohh and Miggantz said they were encouraging each other through their semifinal matches, which were on adjacent courts.
"We were playing right next to each other [Wednesday] and we both finished our first sets around the same time and we were both so excited for each other," said Miggantz, a Moon Township resident.
"Whitney was coaching us on our changeovers and we were like, 'Come on, let's go. We can do this.' So it was a really good thing."
The match against Michaela Kluska took a lot out of Miggantz, who entered the tournament battling a left ankle injury she incurred during a match against Rochester, Sept. 10, a day before the section singles tournament.
Miggantz battled through the section tournament, retiring after losing the first set in the final against Gohh.
She said she is receiving treatment each day on the ankle, but she is wearing a brace and admitted the ankle was very sore after playing three matches on it during the first day of the WPIAL tournament.
"After the match against Michaela, I'm just pretty sore and not up to usual speed of things," said Miggantz following the WPIAL title match.
But Miggantz was thrilled to be playing against her teammate in the final.
"It was honestly the best thing that I could ask for," Miggantz said. "One of us was going to win the championship. We were so glad we got to play each other and I'm so happy for [Samantha]."
Gohh, a Franklin Park resident, will also be making her second appearance at Hershey for the PIAA singles tournament later this month. She finished third in the WPIAL tournament as a freshman.
Miggantz and Gohh lost their first-round PIAA singles tournament matches last year, but this time they'll be going together. That has both girls looking forward to November.
"It's going to be a great time and I'm just so happy because it's our senior year," Gohh said.