South Xtra: Upper St. Clair senior is WPIAL tennis runner-up
Upper St. Clair's Megan Adamo returns a shot against Mt. Lebanon's Callie Frey in the WPIAL Class AAA singles championship match.
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During her freshman year in 2009, Megan Adamo was in Hershey winning matches at No. 3 singles during Upper St. Clair's run to the PIAA Class AAA state finals, where it lost to Peters Township.
Then in her sophomore year, Adamo and teammate Andrea Hammer went to Hershey after finishing second in doubles at the WPIAL tournament.
But Adamo had never been to states for singles -- until now.
A senior for the Panthers, Adamo took second place at the 2012 WPIAL Class AAA singles tournament, which was played last Thursday and Friday.
"It was really a big deal for me because it was my senior year and I've never made it this far in singles," Adamo said. "I made states in doubles two years ago but I'd never made it past the second round in singles. So I'm just really excited to make it this far."
Adamo entered as the No. 7 seed, beating Emma Perelman of Shady Side in a first-round pro set, 10-1. That pitted her against No. 2 seed Marlys Bridgham of Pine-Richland in the quarterfinals. Adamo won a hard-fought match, 10-7, then cruised past Yvon Martinez of Canon-McMillan in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-2, to advance to the championship match and qualify for states.
"It was extremely hard for her to get to the finals because there a lot of top players from Western Pennsylvania," Upper St. Clair coach Ryan Taucher said. "There are just a lot of very, very talented competitors."
In the title match, Adamo saw a familiar face across the net. Friday's championship match was the third meeting since Sept. 10 between Adamo and Mt. Lebanon junior Callie Frey, the Class AAA No. 1 seed. Frey had won the first two matches, the second of which was the section championship, in straight sets.
The WPIAL final match played out similarly to their previous matches. Adamo started strong with a break on the first point, but Frey took control later in the first set to win 6-2. Frey then cruised to a 6-0 victory in the second set to win her first WPIAL title.
"Our matches always take the same trail," Adamo said. "The first set is kind of close. I usually don't convert on a bunch of opportunities and she'll usually take it. Then in the second set she stepped up."
Despite the loss, Adamo was gracious toward Frey not only after the match, but during as well. The two were often seen joking with each other during changeovers. That friendship comes from playing together for the past eight years. The two players' families even travel together when both go to national tournaments.
So having Frey around for Adamo's first trip to Hershey for singles makes it even more special.
"I'm really excited about that actually because it's nice to know someone there and have someone I can hang out with the whole time," Adamo said.
The PIAA Class AAA singles tournament will be played on Nov. 2-3 in Hershey.