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Boys Tennis: Shady Side Academy duo gains experience at state tournament

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Naman Dua and Tanay Kumata had their moments in the PIAA Class AAA doubles tournament.

At the end of the day, though, they could not pull off the kind of upsets that got them into the finals in the first place.

Dua and Kumata, the WPIAL runners-up as the No. 7 seed entering the tournament, defeated the District 2 champions, Devin Paulison and Kevin Osczepinski, 6-2, 6-2, in the first round of the event on Friday at Hershey Racquet Club. But they could not get past the fourth-place team from District 1, Will Frigerio and Josh Taylor of Radnor, who came away with a relatively easy, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) win in the quarterfinals.

Still, both player, Dua, a freshman, and Kumata, a junior, became the fourth consecutive WPIAL runner-up to win a first round match at the state tournament. And they gained valuable experience for a run next season.

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Boys Tennis: Shady Side Academy pair shoots to continue strong play

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Shady Side Academy's Naman Dua and Tanay Kumata got hot at the right time in the WPIAL Class AAA doubles tournament.

Not only did they upset the No. 2 seed in the bracket, Miguel Ascencio and Ryan Farrell of Peters Township, they beat third-seeded Charlie Strohl and Christian Vietmeier of Mt. Lebanon to earn a spot in the championship match.

Now the Indians, who were the seventh seed in the WPIAL, have to hope they have some more of that magic left.

Dua, a freshman, and Kumata, a junior, are both making their state finals debuts and won't get a pushover in the first round. The two will have to take on District 2 champion Devin Paulison and Kevin Osczepinski of Delaware Valley, who are also making their first appearance in PIAA tournament.

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Boys Tennis: Shady Side Academy finishes season on a down note

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Shady Side Academy did a lot of things well when it snuck past Mt. Lebanon to win the WPIAL Class AAA third-place consolation match and earn its seventh consecutive berth in the state playoffs.

Unlike many of those other years, however, the Indians did not stay for very long.

On Tuesday, Shady Side Academy's season ended not at Hershey Racquet Club but at Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie with a 5-0 loss to District 10 champion Cathedral Prep in the preliminary round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament.

It was a historical loss for the Indians on several fronts. It was the first time Shady Side Academy had qualified for the state playoffs and failed to advance through the preliminary round and the first time since the team tournament started in 2001 that the Indians were shut out in a PIAA match.

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Baseball: Shady Side Academy wins section, but seeded eighth

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Shady Side Academy won the Section 3 title, but didn't get much respect from the pairings committee.

That's kind of what happens when a team finishes barely above .500 and has a 2-6 record outside of its section.

Not only did the Indians (10-8) earn the No. 8 seed, they got a date with a Chartiers-Houston (14-5) squad today at 4:30 p.m. at Burkett Complex that had a better record than they did on the season.

Shady Side Academy last won the Class AA title in 2009 and have not made it into the semifinals since 2013.

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Boys Tennis: Shady Side Academy must regroup quickly

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It has been a strange season for the Shady Side Academy boys tennis team.

Not only did the Indians not send either a singles player or doubles team to the PIAA Class AAA individual championships, they failed to push through to the WPIAL Class AAA team finals for the first time since 2009.

Now, Shady Side Academy finds itself in the unenviable position of being completely shut out of all state tournaments for the first time since 2009 when the state only took two WPIAL qualifiers. The Indians need to pull out a win against Mt. Lebanon on Friday at 4 p.m. at Glen Creek Tennis Club to earn the third and final state playoff berth.

Shady Side Academy made an early exit on Wednesday at Alpha Tennis in Harmarville when it was knocked out by section rival and No. 1 Fox Chapel, 5-0.