WILMINGTON — For the 12th time since 2003, the Blanchester tennis sits atop the SBAAC National Division.
Edging Felicity by two points in the National Division tournament Wednesday at Wilmington High School, Blanchester will look for the sweep Thursday in its Senior Night match against Bethel-Tate.
The Ladycats can do no worse than share the regular season title but with a win would claim the outright crown.
“When I watched how hard this group worked this summer, especially in the weeks leading up to the season, I started to believe that we could get back to the league title this year,” BHS coach Matt Sexton said. “I never wanted to make it about that for these girls. We were still a young team at our core, and making it too much about winning it all could have placed a huge pressure on them. However, I didn’t have to say it. They welcomed that pressure and knew what they wanted to do all along.
“This group deserves to feel proud of winning a league title. They’ve worked very hard for it.”
Maddy Coyle at second singles and Annie Trovillo at third singles claimed court championships for Blanchester.
East Clinton’s Alexia Garen and Melina Noble were the second doubles champions.
Sept 25, 2019
SBAAC National Division
@Wilmington High School
1: Kayla Allen (B) was def by Grace White (BT) 4-6, 6-2, 3-6; def Jestiny Hughes (EC) 8-0; def Kenady Brown (CNE) 6-1, 6-1. Finished third.
1: Jestiny Hughes (EC) was def by Kenady Brown (CNE) 0-6, 0-6; was def by Kayla Allen (B) 0-8. Finished fifth.
2: Mersadees Gulley (EC) was def by Savannah Grenzer (CNE) 0-6, 1-6; was def by Piper Blake (F) 0-8. Finished fifth.
2: Maddy Coyle (B) def Piper Blake (F) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2; def Abbie Wheeler (BT) 6-1, 6-0. Finished first.
3: Annie Trovillo (B) def Makayla Yarger (BT) 6-1, 6-0; def Emily Hardewig (F) 6-0, 6-1. Finished first.
1: Carlie Ellis, Sarah Ross (EC) def Gladwell, Bingaman (BT) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; were def by Bradley, Irwin (B) 2-6, 2-6; were def by McClure, Ackerman (F) 2-6, 4-6
1: Taylor Bradley, Grace Irwin (B) def Ellis, Ross (EC) 6-2, 6-2; were def by Sheanshang, Ferguson (CNE) 1-6, 4-6. Finished second.
2: Melina Noble, Alexia Garen (EC) def Johnson, Perry (F) 6-4, 6-4; def Turner, Turner (CNE) 6-2, 7-5. Finished first.
2: Saliya Geary, Ashleigh Osborn (B) were def by Turner, Turner (CNE) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 1-6; were def by Johnson, Perry (F) 1-6, 2-6