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Girls Tennis: Blue Devils a PIAA semifinalist

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The last time Mt. Lebanon participated in the PIAA Class AAA team tournament, the Blue Devils finished second.

Mt. Lebanon didn’t quite get that far this time, but it got close.

The Blue Devils, the WPIAL third-place finisher, were one of three District 7 teams to make it to the state semifinals along with Shady Side Academy and North Allegheny. The three WPIAL teams went a combined 7-0 against non-WPIAL teams in the PIAA tournament, with North Allegheny handing Mt. Lebanon and Shady Side its losses in the state tournament.

Mt. Lebanon edged State College, 3-2, in the first round and took down Harrilton, 4-1, in the quarterfinals. But in the semifinals against North Allegheny, the Blue Devils only win came by default at No. 2 doubles as the Tigers’ got their 47th straight victory. 

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Cross Country: Third-place finish for Mt. Lebanon's Potts

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Mt. Lebanon's Kelsey Potts finished third at Thursday's WPIAL Class AAA championships. The junior took the same placement as last year, unable to beat Brianna Schwartz and Madeleine Davision. She did improve her time by 14 seconds crossing the line in 18:46.

As a team, the Blue Devils would not be repeat champions, slipping down to second place.

In Class AA, Becca Volz took ninth place, crossing the line in 20:55. She would not be able to help Bishop Canevin edge into the top five, as the Crusaders placed sixth behind Neshannock.

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Girls Tennis: Blue Devils slide by State College

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Last week, Mt. Lebanon crushed rival Peters Township, 5-0, in the WPIAL Class AAA consolation final to earn the district’s last state tournament berth.

On Tuesday, the Blue Devils’ extended their PIAA run with a 3-2 victory against State College. Both of the Blue Devils’ doubles teams – Marikate Reese and Christine Laderer at No. 1 and Lauren Carey and Brooke Warshaw at No. 2 – won their matches. Kristine Riley also won in singles to give the Blue Devils the edge.

Mt. Lebanon, which is making its first state tournament appearance since finishing second in 2010, will face District 1 fourth-place finisher Harriton in the quarterfinals Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Hershey Racquet Club. 

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Girls Tennis: South Feature Athletes – Mt. Lebanon’s Marikate Reese, Christine Laderer, Lauren Carey and Brooke Warshaw

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Names: Marikate Reese, Christine Laderer, Lauren Carey and Brooke Warshaw
School: Mt. Lebanon
Grades: Reese (12), Laderer (12), Carey (9) and Warshaw (9)
Sport: Tennis

Background: Reese and Laderer play No. 1 doubles while Carey and Warshaw play No. 2 doubles for the Blue Devils, who advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory Tuesday over State College. Both doubles teams won, and the quartet has yet to lose a match this season for the WPIAL third-place finishers. Reese and Laderer also finished second in the Class AA Section 4 tournament this season.