Sexton, Ladycats to make bid for 8th straight title


The Blanchester High School girls tennis team, from left to right, front row, Calleigh Hixson, Hannah Renner, Jill Richardson, Kayla Allen, Taylor Bradley; middle row, Maddy Coyle, Madison Ogden, Elicia Patton, Felicity Richardson; back row, coach Mike Sexton, Ashleigh Osborn, Lydia Falgner, Annie Trovillo, head coach Matt Sexton. Team member Lexie Winemiller was not present for the photo.

The Blanchester High School girls tennis team, from left to right, front row, Calleigh Hixson, Hannah Renner, Jill Richardson, Kayla Allen, Taylor Bradley; middle row, Maddy Coyle, Madison Ogden, Elicia Patton, Felicity Richardson; back row, coach Mike Sexton, Ashleigh Osborn, Lydia Falgner, Annie Trovillo, head coach Matt Sexton. Team member Lexie Winemiller was not present for the photo.


Elizabeth Clark | News Journal

Schedule

Aug 10 Colerain @BHS Noon PPD

Aug 14 Little Miami @BHS 4 pm

Aug 15 @Middletown 4 pm

Aug 18 Blanchester Inv 9 am

Aug 20 Blanchester Inv 4 pm

Aug 21 Clermont NE @BHS 4 pm

Aug 22 @East Clinton 4 pm

Aug 23 Bethel-Tate @BHS 4 pm

Aug 28 New Richmond @BHS 4 pm

Aug 29 @Madeira 4 pm

Sept 4 @McNicholas 4 pm

Sept 6 Felicity @BHS 4 pm

Sept 10 Colerain @BHS 4 pm

Sept 11 @Western Brown 4 pm

Sept 12 @Clermont NE 4 pm

Sept 13 East Clinton @BHS 4 pm

Sept 18 @Felicity 4 pm

Sept 19 @Bethel-Tate 4 pm

Sept 20, 22 @Coaches Classic

Sept 24@West Clermont 4 pm

Sept 25 McNicholas @BHS 4 pm

Sept 26 SBAAC Tournament @WilmHS 9 am

In his 16th season of coaching high school tennis, Blanchester girls tennis coach Matt Sexton knows each season must stand on its own laurels. The past is gone and the future is a journey of the unknown.

So despite having won seven straight SBAAC National Division championships – and 9 of the last 10 – Sexton said his squad is not the top team going in to the season.

“Felicity should be the team to beat,” said Sexton, who has been at BHS for 13 years. “They have one of the best first singles players in the division and should have the depth to be hard to handle up and down the lineup. Don’t overlook CNE, though.”

As for his own Ladycats, Sexton is as uncertain as he’s ever been going in to a season.

“I really don’t know what to expect this season, but I want the girls to have fun and give their best effort,” said Sexton, who is assisted by his brother Michael. “You don’t get any head start because of what has happened in the past. Each year must be judged on its own. The only thing they need to worry about is getting better every day. I think we’ll be a handful by the end of the season.”

The Ladycats were 9-5 last year, which includes a 7-1 mark in the National Division. BHS is 105-77 in Sexton’s 13 season, which includes a 70-29 record against division rivals.

Kayla Allen was a second team All-SBAAC player from last season and one of four players on the team with any varsity experience.

That’s not surprising when you consider BHS lost four first team All-SBAAC players via graduation – Erin Wilson at first singles, Lilly Tedrick at second singles, Alexis Vestal at first doubles and Korie White at first doubles. Grace King was a second team All-SBAAC player who moved out of the Blanchester school district.

There are nine newcomers to the BHS roster, giving Sexton the flexibility to juggle his lineup to find the right fit.

“I like the attitude and effort of the girls in practice,” said Sexton. “This may be one of the most coachable groups we’ve ever had, which is good because we are lacking in match experience.”

The Blanchester High School girls tennis team, from left to right, front row, Calleigh Hixson, Hannah Renner, Jill Richardson, Kayla Allen, Taylor Bradley; middle row, Maddy Coyle, Madison Ogden, Elicia Patton, Felicity Richardson; back row, coach Mike Sexton, Ashleigh Osborn, Lydia Falgner, Annie Trovillo, head coach Matt Sexton. Team member Lexie Winemiller was not present for the photo.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_TEN_blanteam.jpgThe Blanchester High School girls tennis team, from left to right, front row, Calleigh Hixson, Hannah Renner, Jill Richardson, Kayla Allen, Taylor Bradley; middle row, Maddy Coyle, Madison Ogden, Elicia Patton, Felicity Richardson; back row, coach Mike Sexton, Ashleigh Osborn, Lydia Falgner, Annie Trovillo, head coach Matt Sexton. Team member Lexie Winemiller was not present for the photo. Elizabeth Clark | News Journal

Schedule

Aug 10 Colerain @BHS Noon PPD

Aug 14 Little Miami @BHS 4 pm

Aug 15 @Middletown 4 pm

Aug 18 Blanchester Inv 9 am

Aug 20 Blanchester Inv 4 pm

Aug 21 Clermont NE @BHS 4 pm

Aug 22 @East Clinton 4 pm

Aug 23 Bethel-Tate @BHS 4 pm

Aug 28 New Richmond @BHS 4 pm

Aug 29 @Madeira 4 pm

Sept 4 @McNicholas 4 pm

Sept 6 Felicity @BHS 4 pm

Sept 10 Colerain @BHS 4 pm

Sept 11 @Western Brown 4 pm

Sept 12 @Clermont NE 4 pm

Sept 13 East Clinton @BHS 4 pm

Sept 18 @Felicity 4 pm

Sept 19 @Bethel-Tate 4 pm

Sept 20, 22 @Coaches Classic

Sept 24@West Clermont 4 pm

Sept 25 McNicholas @BHS 4 pm

Sept 26 SBAAC Tournament @WilmHS 9 am