South Fayette’s Patterson, North Catholic’s Scheller repeats as WPIAL tennis champions

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 21:32


It was repeated on Wednesday at the WPIAL singles tennis championships at the Pure Athletic Sportsplex in Wexford.

South Fayette senior Jake Patterson retained the Class 3A title and Northern Catholic senior Nicolas Scheller the Class 2A crown, winning forward to their second titles. They were the 18th and 19th players to win several titles.

Now their focus is on the PIAA singles championship in Hershey next month.

Patterson defeated North Allegheny for the second time Trey Davidson, 6-1, 6-0.

“Even though the result looked one-sided, it was not that easy,” Patterson said. “I had to make an adjustment from playing outside on Tuesday to inside on Wednesday. I should be prepared. “

Patterson said he knew Davidson would return a lot of shots, so he had to be consistent.

“Trey is a good player and I had to stay focused,” Patterson said. “My consistency was key and my serving was really good. I tried to keep the ball in play. I tried to keep at it. I was a little free on Tuesday. I trusted my shot. Never give up on a ball. “

Davidson said that when you play Patterson, he forces you to long rallies.

“He’s a grinder,” Davidson said. “He makes you make the mistake and capitalizes. He’s really good at controlling things.

“After three matches on Tuesday, especially a grueling semi-final, I just had no energy. I’m not saying I would have won, but it could have been closer. “

Patterson said it’s better to win another title because everyone shot after him.

After reaching the PIAA quarterfinals in 2021, Patterson said his goal is to reach the top of the podium.

“I’ve been working on my forehand,” Patterson said. “There are a lot of good players in the East.”

As for Davidson, he said he does not know what to expect, but the location is the goal.

Central Catholic Kyle Broadhurst rallied to defeat Franklin Regionals Andrew Allen, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the battle for third place.

Scheller defeated Quaker Valley senior Mike Sirianni, 6-0, 6-0. It was the second season in a row that Scheller defeated Sirianni in the final.

He is the second Northern Catholic player to win two titles. The other was Tim Donovan (1984-1985).

“The biggest thing was to keep my focus,” Scheller said. “It feels great to win again.

“That would not mean it was easy. I do not think any match is easy. I just went in and played my game. Keeping serve is always great.”

Scheller moved to the Pittsburgh area from New Mexico. He actually gave up the sport for three years before being lured in again.

“I was not having fun, so I played basketball,” Scheller said. “But I missed it, and now I enjoy it again.”

He plans to play tennis at Belmont-Abbey next season.

Scheller’s power play was just too much for Sirianni to handle.

“His great power is the difference,” Sirianni said. “He’s even better than last year.”

Scheller finished second in the state in 2021. He wants gold this season.

Mars’ Josh Dunham won the third qualifying match from the WPIAL for the PIAA tournament, which defeated Thomas Jefferson’s Drew Dimidjian 6-0, 6-0.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Paul via email at pschofield@triblive.com or via Twitter .

Tags: North AlleghenyNorth Catholic, Quaker Valley, South Fayette

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