Marty Stewart | Sunday, May 14, 2017, TRIB-LIVE
The Section 3-AAA doubles championships were May 9. Shady Side Academy’s Naman Dua and Tanay Kumta claimed the crown with a 6-4, 6-4 sweep of Fox Chapel’s Neil Bencherif and Jared Nord. In the consolation match, SSA’s Clayton Guyaux teamed with Luke Ulman to earn a 6-1, 6-3 win over FC’s Karsten Lagerquist and Jay Kashyap. All four teams qualified for the WPIAL tournament Thursday and Friday.
Dua and Kumta received a bye in the first round. Bencherif and Nord swept past Michael Stock and Chris Montgomery of Penn-Trafford, 10-3. Lagerquist and Kashyap fell in a tight match to Ryan Farrell and Miguel Ascencio of Peters Township, 11-10 (8-6). Guyaux and Ulman lost to North Allegheny’s Richard Hofmann and Ivan Voinov, 10-3.
Dua and Kumta lost their quarterfinal matchup because of injury default, and Bencherif and Nord dropped a 10-8 decision to Ian McCabe and Sam Bellini of Mt. Lebanon.
Katie Lundberg’s first season as coach of Fox Chapel couldn’t have any better. The Foxes reeled off two more wins last week to finish with a perfect regular-season record heading into the playoffs.
The Foxes walloped Freeport, 22-2, on May 9 and then edged rival Shady Side Academy, 9-8, on May 10 to move to 18-0.
In the Freeport game, Kate Goodhad five goals and two assists, and Meg McCrady and Margaux Essey each scored four goals with an assist apiece. Marissa Hardiman had three goals, followed by Sloan Rost with a pair of goals and an assist, Mary Ellis with a goal and two assists, Mikayla D’Cunha and Megan Botos each with a goal and an assist, Ali Wessell with two assists, Caroline Smith with a goal and Makenna Blazer with an assist. Makenzie Miller had two saves.
Against SSA, Goodwin, McCrady and D’Cunha scored twice each, with Wessell, Hardiman and Rost also scoring. Ellis had a pair of assists, Rost had one and Miller made four saves.
“The girls worked very hard to achieve an undefeated season,” Lundberg said. “Now, we’ve got to put that behind us and focus on the WPIAL playoffs. One of our strengths has been working as a team. The girls realize that they’ve got to play a complete game every time they step onto the field, or the season will end.”