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For the second straight season, Mia Gorman emerged from the consolation bracket to earn a berth in the PIAA tennis singles tournament set for Nov. 1-2 in Hershey.

In the battle for third place in Class AAA of the WPIAL, the Bethel Park sophomore sealed her position by beating Kat Wang of Peters Township in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, on the hard courts at Shady Side Academy.

Wang and Gorman advanced to the semifinals with a succession of wins.

Gorman dispatched Amanda Koren of Moon, 10-0, and Marra Bruce from Peters Township, 10-5, in the opening rounds of play before succumbing to Charlotte James from Fox Chapel in three sets, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, Wang defeated Carolina Walters of Latrobe, 10-2, and Hannah Yan from Franklin Regional, 10-7, in pro sets during the first two rounds of play. In a semifinal battle between section champions, Wang fell to Bethany Yauch of Baldwin in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.

Yauch was the Section 3 champion over Gorman while Wang captured the Section 4 title with a straight-set victory over Mt. Lebanon’s Lauren Masteller.

Masteller, who won her first-round match against North Allegheny’s Nora Catanzarite, was eliminated by Yauch in the quarterfinals, 10-2.

Maggie Stief from Upper St. Clair dropped out of the tournament, falling in the first round, 10-3, to Latrobe’s Jenna Bell.

Before losing in the quarterfinals, Bruce defeated Shady Side Academy’s Elle Santora, 10-5. Bruce was the third-place finisher in Section 4.

In Class AA, Nicole Kempton defeated Christina Walton, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, in the WPIAL AAA consolation match played at Shady Side Academy. With the victory, the South Park freshman also qualified for the PIAA championships set for November in Hershey.

Almanac Sports Editor

An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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