"One less victory at the WPIAL tournament, but one extra win at the PIAA championships.
All in all, Mt. Lebanon will take it. Needing to replace three starters -- including their top player -- from last season's WPIAL Class AAA championship team, the Blue Devils were WPIAL runners-up and a PIAA semifinalist.
"I thought we definitely overachieved a little bit this year," coach Augie Garofoli said. "I think the guys' first goal is always to win WPIALs, and although they didn't, they did get to the finals, and they did get one round further than last year [at the PIAA championships]. We're happy with that."
The Blue Devils lost only three matches all season -- and each was to a PIAA finalist. Mt. Lebanon lost to Shady Side Academy during the regular season and again in the WPIAL championship match two weeks ago. Its PIAA tournament loss was by a 3-0 score to Conestoga in the semifinals Saturday at the Hershey Racquet Club (play was suspended in two matches after Conestoga had clinched the best of five matches)."