Shady Side Academy senior Elle Santora and junior Renee Long defeated Fox Chapel's Carissa Shepard and Catherine Petrovich, 6-4, 6-3, in the consolation match to earn third place in the WPIAL AAA Girls Doubles Tennis Championship on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Oxford North.
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Santora and Long defeated Hempfield's Alexis Smith and Olivia Shafer, 10-1, in the WPIAL first round and Upper St. Clair's Gia Winseck and Danni Gibbons, 10-1, in the quarterfinals, but fell to Latrobe's Jenna Bell and Carolin Walters, 6-1, 6-2, in the semifinals to earn a spot in the consolation match on Thursday.
Santora and Long will advance to the PIAA Class 3A Girls Doubles Tennis Championship. The preliminary round will be held Friday, Nov. 1, at the Hershey Racquet Club in Hershey, Pa.
The varsity girls' tennis team is coached by Jeff Miller.
Congratulations to Elle and Renee and good luck at states!