High school tennis roundup: WPIAL dominates PIAA tournament's first day

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The first day of the PIAA individual boys tennis tournaments in Hershey, Pa., belonged to the WPIAL.

The WPIAL had three singles players and three doubles teams advance to the semifinals today. The six semifinalists are two more than the next best district, District 3.

In Class AAA singles, two-time WPIAL champion Adam Blasinsky of Central Catholic posted straight-set wins over Tony Deimler of Warwick and Peter DeWitt of La Salle College. Blasinsky was the runner-up a year ago.

"I thought he came out a little rusty in that first match, but he played very well in the second," Central Catholic coach Rick Capretta said. "The La Salle kid was a heck of a player and Adam had to play really well to beat him."

Chad Kissell of Latrobe, who Blasinsky beat in the WPIAL final, posted two straight-set wins to reach the semifinals on the other half of the bracket.

Both of the WPIAL doubles team playing in Hershey -- district champions Chris Grubbs and Michael Kann of Shady Side Academy and Kevin Goth and Jared Isaacs of North Allegheny -- also made it to the final four.

In Class AA, the only WPIAL players to make it to today are from Sewickley Academy. Freshman Luke Ross became the first Panthers player to reach the PIAA boys singles semifinals since Evan Steigel in 2005. His teammates, Ryan Gex and Luke Vith, advanced to the semifinals in doubles.


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