Sports Town will review the 2011-12 school year during July. Today we are visiting the girls tennis season.
(Photo: Plum's Ronit Yurovsky wins her third WPIAL Class AAA singles championship by sweeping Pine-Richland's Taylor Perz. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)
Plum's Ronit Yurovsky closed out the high school portion of her tennis career with a championship. The second consecutive PIAA Class AAA singles title for Yurovsky, a senior at Plum, was a highlight of the girls tennis season for East Sports Town schools.
Yurovsky won her third WPIAL singles tournament and advanced to the PIAA title match for the third time. A University of Michigan recruit, there's little doubt her career will accumulate more accolades.
"The whole tournament, I felt pretty confident," Yurovsky said of her final PIAA run. "I was playing well and at the top of my game. It's not that the players weren't good -- all the players were -- but I was playing so well, the matches were easier for me."
Other PIAA tournament qualifiers from the East included WPIAL Class AA doubles tournament runner-up Courtney Brennan and Emily Robson of Valley. Allderdice qualified its City League championship team, singles player (sophomore Hannah Famili) and doubles team (seniors Elizabeth Haynes and Melanie Levine) for PIAA tournaments. Famili was a quarterfinalist for the second consecutive season.
Hempfield won the Section 1-AAA team title for the second consecutive season, but Latrobe took the section's singles (Stacia Kissell) and doubles (Kissell and fellow senior Devon Gjebra) doubles tournament titles. Brennan (Section 4-AA singles), Ellis School's Maeve McAllister (Section 3-AA singles), Greensburg Central Catholic's Jacki Hauser and Alie Perz (Section 1-AA doubles) and Oakland Catholic's Nicole Cyterski and Megan Wasson (Section 4-AAA doubles) also won individual section tournament titles. The victory by Cyterski and Wasson was especially notable because in the section title match they defeated the Mt. Lebanon team of Callie Frey and Anna Baich that would eventually be a PIAA tournament qualifier.
"That was a big win for them over Anna and Callie," Oakland Catholic coach Mark Paull said. "A huge step and quite an achievement."