Wyoming Area reached new heights, both individually and as a team, in girls tennis in 2016.
With the top two players and five of seven starters returning, the Lady Warriors are a threat to continue their upward climb, even as they remain a team without a home.
Brianna Pizzano landed Times Leader Player of the Year honors as a freshman after becoming the first Wyoming Area player to win a District 2 girls tennis championship in Class 2A singles.
The Lady Warriors, in their third straight year of qualifying for the playoffs, posted their first team win in that time on the district level.
All was accomplished while the team hit the road frequently because the school’s courts remain in disrepair. While fundraising efforts continue, Wyoming Area practices at Pittston Area where it will play about four “home” matches, when the Lady Patriots are on the road. Wyoming Area will play its other matches on the road.
Pizzano lost just once in league play and once at the state tournament where she was one of just two freshmen in the 16-player field in Hershey.
“It was actually a really fun for me,” Wyoming Area coach Tiffany Callaio said. “I had never had a player of that caliber before.
“We had a great time getting to know her and her game and trying to take her to the next level.”
Pizzano was not alone in her success. The team went 10-3 to finish second in the Wyoming Valley Conference Class 2A Division and second singles player Allison Lampman went 8-5 in the conference before adding her own district tournament win.
Lampman is part of a veteran group that supports Pizzano’s play at the top of the lineup.
Two other seniors return to the starting lineup.
Emily Cheskiewicz moves from being part of the first doubles team to taking over third singles.
Olivia Williams is back with partner Stephanie Palovchak, a junior. They have been promoted from second to first doubles.
The new players at second doubles are likely to be sophomores Bella Scappaticci and Abigail Drendall, who were on the team but not in the varsity lineup for matches last season.