Last season, Upper St. Clair entered the WPIAL Class AAA tournament as the top seed only to lose to rival Mt. Lebanon in the semifinals and fail to make it to the state tournament.
This season, the Panthers may be even stronger, especially at the top, as they look to avenge last season’s loss.
Upper St. Clair returns its top three players from last season – seniors Fernando Escribens, Domenick D’Amico and Christian Meyer – as well as returning doubles starters Sam Schiffman and Scott Russell. Additionally, the Panthers have added one of the top freshman in the area, Kevin Kwok, giving the Panthers even more depth than they had a year ago.
Mt. Lebanon will still be a tough out, though, as the Blue Devils will bring back singles starters Dane Bendel and Charlie Strohl. They also added Seton-LaSalle transfer Mike Wilke, a WPIAL Class AA singles qualifier last season.
Peters Township, which moves into USC and Mt. Lebanon’s section this season with realignment, will also be solid with returning WPIAL qualifier Ryan Farrell and fellow sophomore Miguel Ascenscio.
Canon-McMillan will be looking to return to the postseason after missing out last season and the Big Macs have one of the WPIAL Class AAA singles favorites in Chris Gladden, who is currently the top-ranked junior in Pennsylvania according to tennisrecruiting.net.
Bethel Park, a WPIAL qualifier last season, returns its top two players in seniors Aaron Coplan and Adam Ackerman.