North Penn's Velaga Captures District One 3A Singles Crown

North Penn junior Esha Velaga captured the District One 3A tennis title. (Photo provided)

Advancing to the PIAA Tournament are Kylie Kochis (West Chester Henderson HS - 3rd place), Grace Li (Unionville HS - 2nd place), Dasha Chichkina (Council Rock South HS - 4th place), Esha Velaga (North Penn HS - 1st place).


Esha Velaga lived up to her billing.


Seeded first entering the District One 3A Singles Tournament, the North Penn junior rolled through the tournament without losing a set to win the crown.


After an opening round bye, Velaga notched a 6-3, 6-0 win over Central Bucks South’s Grace Piro in a second-round match. In the quarterfinals, eighth seeded Allison Root, a sophomore at Owen J Roberts, was Velaga’s next victim as she notched a 6-2, 6-3 win. In the semifinals, Velaga cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win over West Chester Henderson’s Kylie Kochis, the tournament’s fourth seed. That win set up a title match with Unionville’s Grace Li, the tournament’s second seed, and once again Velaga was in command, notching a 6-2, 6-2 win to earn to district title.


Council Rock South’s Dasha Chichkina entered the tournament as the sixth seed but knocked out third-seeded Mia Matriccino – last year’s district runner-up - in a tightly contested quarterfinal match, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Chichkina finished fourth overall, falling to Spring-Ford’s Kylie Kochis 6-1, 6-4 in the third-place match. Earlier in the tournament, Chichkina earned an opening round win over Radnor’s Leina Ciarrochi (6-1, 6-2) and then defeated Methacton’s Hana Nouaime (6-1, 6-2) in the second round.


Both Velaga and Chichkina will advance to the PIAA 3A State Singles Tournament.