PG East: Plum's Yurovsky completes medal set with a state title

PIAA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS


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Ronit Yurovsky completed her collection of PIAA championship medal colors. But she didn't immediately get a chance to see how the newest one -- gold -- looked next to the other two at her house.

Yurovsky, who already had PIAA Class AAA singles tournament second- and third-place finishes on her resume, won it all on her third shot this past weekend at the Hershey Racquet Club.

A junior at Plum High School and two-time reigning WPIAL singles champion, Yurovsky dominated the competition at the PIAA tournament, defeating Squirrel Hill resident and Shady Side Academy senior Sara Perelman, 6-3, 6-0, in the championship match.

"It was definitely one of my goals since I didn't win it the past two years," said Yurovsky, who won PIAA silver as a freshman and bronze as a sophomore. "To win it this year is definitely an accomplishment. It was a feeling of ... I just felt like I worked hard and I reached my goal."

Yurovsky was reached Sunday evening via phone in Boca Raton, Fla., where she was preparing to participate in the USTA Evert American International Tennis Federation Fall Circuit junior tournament. She left straight from Hershey for Florida.

Yurovsky is one of the top players her age in the nation, currently holding a No. 13 national ranking by tennisrecruiting.net, No. 11 TennisRPI and No. 12 by the USTA.

Now that the high school season is over, Yurovsky plans on playing more junior tournaments.

"I want to get my ranking up higher, and I want to do well in bigger tournaments -- the ITFs, play more in them and do well in those," Yurovsky said.

Perelman finishes fine career

One week after leading Shady Side Academy to the second PIAA Class AAA team title during her four-year high school career, Perelman was participating in another championship match in Hershey -- this won for the PIAA singles title.

Although Perelman lost to Yurovsky, a silver and a gold medal each over an eight-day span was satisfying enough, particularly when the gold came in the one that mattered to her most.

"Of course, it's so much more fun with the team, and the whole team championship is just a great accomplishment and really means so much more than individuals," Perelman said. "I was happy we had so much success the week before and I really just wanted to take care of business and do the best I could in the singles tournament.

"When you're with a team, it's a much sweeter victory. I guess you could say that I'm happy with the results, and if I had to win just one, I'm glad it was that."

Perelman, who will play tennis at Cornell University in the Ivy League beginning next fall, was participating in her first PIAA individual tournament after being part of three Shady Side Academy teams that had advanced to the PIAA championship match.

Ranked No. 77 nationally and No. 11 in the Middle Atlantic Region by tennisrecruiting.net, Perelman did not lose a set in the WPIAL or PIAA singles tournaments -- except to Yurovsky, who is a friend of hers.

"I'm happy that Ronit was the one who won it if I didn't," Perelman said.

Allderdice has quarterfinalist

The past two Fridays, the City League was represented in Hershey. Allderdice had quarterfinalists both in team play and in singles.

The Dragons won a PIAA team tournament match for the first time when it beat DuBois Area, 3-2, Oct. 26. That allowed the team to advance to Hershey for the first time.

"It was nice to get our first win as a school," Allderdice coach Sally Martin said. "We played a strong match."

Allderdice lost, 5-0, to West Chester Henderson in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals.

Freshman Hannah Famili, the City League singles champion, defeated Anisa Khalouf of Hollidaysburg, 6-1, 6-0, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament staged this past weekend. Famili lost in the quarterfinals to Cristina Grimaldi of Radnor, who ultimately took third place.

"That was a very good experience for Hannah," Martin said. "She played very much within herself and was able to get a convincing win. In the second round, her inexperience showed a little bit, but she'll learn from it."

The Allderdice doubles team of Lizzy Haynes and Melanie Levine lost in the first round of the Class AAA doubles tournament.

Also from the East Xtra area, the Valley High School team of Courtney Brennan and Emily Robson was eliminated in the first round of the Class AA doubles draw.



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