Megan Adamo is the first Upper St. Clair High School singles tennis player to qualify for the PIAA tournament since 2004.
Adamo made it to the WPIAL championship match last week, losing to Callie Frey of Mt. Lebanon in the finals, 6-2, 6-0.
Despite the loss, Adamo is anxious to compete in Hershey, PA.
"It's really exciting," she said.
Adamo thinks "the senior effect" may have helped her after playing on the high school team for four years.
"I have nothing to lose (this year). I'm much more relaxed," she said.
A summer of hard training, an easier senior class schedule and more sleep has also contributed to Adamo's success.
Many tennis players dread playing competitors with Adamo's style of play. She's a "backboard."
"I don't hit many winners, but I make very few mistakes," she said.
Her favorite shot is her topspin forehand and her favorite player is Rafael Nadal, who is also a "grinder."
Adamo plans to apply early decision to Amherst College and hopes to play tennis for the school next year. She took her official visit to the campus last weekend.
Shayna Miller was Upper St. Clair's last tennis player to qualify for the individual state singles tournament in 2004—Adamo's former neighbor.
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