Keith Barnes profiles North Allegheny tennis players Jared Isaacs and Richard Hoffman.
"For the second consecutive season North Allegheny's Jared Isaacs was eliminated from a chance at winning the WPIAL Class AAA singles title and had to make the quick transition to being a doubles player.
Like 2014, he had to get comfortable with someone with whom he hadn't previously played doubles in just about a week before the Section 2 tournament. And, even though it was freshman Richard Hoffman instead of Kevin Goth, the two had to somehow get some chemistry in a hurry and maintain it for the long haul.
It would be difficult to argue with the end result as Isaacs and Hoffman set quite a few benchmarks as they rolled to a second-place finish in the WPIAL and came away with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Mt. Lebanon's Dane Bendel and Charlie Strohl to win the PIAA Class AAA doubles title Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.
"We're comfortable with each other and, after losing in the WPIAL finals, we put our minds together and that we wanted the state championship," Isaacs said. "We knew we could definitely do it — and we ended up doing it — and it was great putting in all that hard work because it's definitely worth it and there's no better feeling.""