BLANCHESTER — Freshmen Grace King and Kayla Allen picked up their first-ever varsity tennis victory for Blanchester Thursday night in a 5-0 whitewashing of Bethel-Tate.
BHS head coach Matt Sexton was pleased for his doubles duo, maybe more so than for his own milestone.
“I’m so proud of how well they played, especially considering how nervous they were to start,” said Sexton. “To see them get their first varsity win was pretty special. Our girls that haven’t seen the varsity lineup this year all work hard and will be important parts of our program in the future.”
The win moves Blanchester to 3-0 in the Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference National Division. It was the 33rd straight league win for BHS.
“After two late nights in a row it was good to take care of business and get home at a reasonable hour,” said Sexton. “We were a little banged up after a late night last night. Brooke (Honaker) took care of business quickly. She was very aggressive and was off in probably 30 minutes.”
For Sexton, it was his 100th career tennis coaching victory.
“I just feel very fortunate that I’ve been able to do this long enough to reach 100 wins. This win is all about the young men and women that I’ve been lucky enough to coach since I started at Clinton-Massie coaching the boys in 2000. I’m probably lucky I’m still coaching after those first years at Massie because I didn’t know what I was doing. I’ve met so many wonderful people — players, their families, opponents, other coaches. Tennis truly is a wonderful community. I’m lucky to have had the chance to learn from so many great coaches — most especially from Mark Baughman who taught me how to coach not only tennis, but how to coach people. Every day I get to do this is a blessing. I’ve also been lucky that I’ve been able to coach with Mike and to have Sam Collier, one of my former players, there to help.”
August 25, 2016
@Blanchester High School
Blanchester 5, Bethel-Tate 0
• Brooke Honaker d. Kara Partin 6-1, 6-0
• Emily Speakman d. Alyssa Barnhouse 6-2, 6-2
• Megan Weber d. Taylor Clark 6-2, 6-0
• Erin Wilson, Lilly Tedrick d. Tiffany Shouse, Jordan Troxell 6-2, 6-3
• Grace King, Kayla Allen d. Lupy Rodriguez, Zoe Thompson 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4
• Lydia Falgner lost 6-2