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Girls Tennis: 2016 North Season Recap

Written by Keith Barnes on .

This was supposed to be the year North Allegheny completed one of the most impressive runs in state history.

Not only were the Tigers a tree-time reigning PIAA Class 3A team champion, they had one of the most formidable lineups with Harvard recruit Anna Li at No. 1 singles, twin sister and Navy recruit Tina at No, 2 and top-rated sophomore Ashley Huang at No. 3.

Only noting went quite as planned.

During the season, Anna was forced to miss considerable time with a shoulder injury that limited her serving ability and forced her to withdraw from the section singles championships and meant she would not be able to compete for the individual state title that had eluded her. Tina and Huang finished second in the WPIAL in doubles, but withdrew from the PIAA finals because of a prior commitment.

In the end, the team did win its fourth consecutive WPIAL team title, but eventually fell, in a 3-2 heartbreaker to District 1 champion Harriton, in the state finals as their PIAA run came to an end.

While North Allegheny's closed, Fox Chapel's Amanda Nord continued her stay at the top. The Foxes junior had been to the PIAA doubles championship in both of her first two seasons and was a defending champion, but had to take the lead role and broke in a new partner in freshman Charlotte James.

In the end, all the two had to do was win a section match as, with Tina and Huang's withdrawal, the Shady Side Academy duo of Devin and Erin Gramley moved into the WPIAL's No. 2 seed in the state tournament and made it all the way to the finals.

Once again, however, it was Nord wearing the gold medal for the second consecutive year as she and James pulled out a 6-2, 6-2 victory and gave the school its third state doubles title in four years.