Clermont County’s varsity girls tennis season has come to a close following the confrontations in the respective conference tournaments and the sectional tournament.
Glen Este and Milford, two of Clermont County’s Division I tennis squads, turned in somewhat respectable records overall and in their respective conferences.
Glen Este wrapped things up at 3-10 overall and 0-5 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division.
“We got better as the season went along,” said Trojan coach Jeff Click. “We lost about four of our matches 3-2.
“I thought it was a quality season though. In my opinion we were definitely a better team than our record showed.”
Senior Barb Petty turned in the best individual record for the campaign. The standout player who began the year at second singles, earned her advancement up to first singles by the second half of the schedule. Her record was 16-7.
“She played outstanding in both the league tournament and in the sectional tournament,” said her mentor.
The Purple and White’s varsity roster contained a total of three seniors, two juniors, and two freshmen. The other twelfth graders on the roster were Josette Carpenter, Megan Hines, and Jessica Hudson.
“We’re going to have to replace our seniors. It’ll be tough. What we need to do is to play schools more similar to us. We are in a very tough division,” Click said.
Milford finished 5-12 overall and 2-7 in the Greater Miami Conference (GMC).
“This season had its ups and downs,” said coach Jeff Hoover, a former tennis star at Goshen High School. “We lost some of our matches 3-2.
“We had to spend time finding the right positions for the girls to play, but they played hard all season. The girls played their best in the conference and sectional tournaments.”
Hoover lauded the performance of senior first singles Tracy Li who was “one win away from qualifying for the district tournament.” The second doubles team of senior Erin O’Bernier and junior Sam Ciambro “had great performances in the GMC for us.”
The Red and White’s roster included five seniors, two juniors, and one sophomore. The other twelfth grade performers were Andrea Fish, Laura Marsh, and Tracey Mechlin.
“The junior varsity program had a nice season. They were runner-up in the JV Coaches Classic. . . We have some good players coming up to help give balance for the future teams.
“Going into the Fort Ancient Valley Conference will help us give the girls a better opportunity to win more matches,” Hoover concluded.
Valley Conference Buckeye Division
Team scores: Mason 35, Loveland 24, Anderson 19, Winton Woods 112, Harrison 11, and Glen Este 9.
The pacesetter for the Trojans was first singles Barb Petty who earned third place.
The second doubles of Rachael Shepler and Courtney Toler took fifth place. Others scoring points for the Purple and White were Jessica Cutshall (second singles), Susan Bradford (third singles), and Megan Hines and Jessica Hudson (first doubles).
Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division
Team scores: Kings 29, Turpin 26, Little Miami 20, Wilmington 15, Walnut Hills 13, and Amelia 7.
The best finish for the Barons was fourth place earned by second singles Kady Pierce.
Others scoring points for the Blue and White were Ana Hegele (first singles), Ashley Truong (third singles), Alexis Trubee and Lauren Vogel (first doubles), and Jill Fronk and Lauren Owens (second doubles).
Greater Miami Conference
Team scores: Lakota West 48, Princeton 45, Sycamore 35, Lakota East 34, Middletown 29, Fairfield 24, Milford 21, Colerain 21, Oak Hills 15, and Hamilton 8.
Leading the way for the Red and White was the fifth place finish garnered by the second doubles duo of Samantha Ciambro and Erin O’Bernier.
Others who added to the E-Gals’ final team overall scoring were Tracy Li (first singles), Andrea Fish (second singles), Tracey Mechlin (third singles), and Laura Marsh and Lauren Roessner (first doubles).
ivision I Sectional
The Division I Sectional Tournament took place at the ATP Tennis Center.
Two Clermont countians advanced to the third round in singles competition – Glen Este’s Barb Petty who defeated Nickel of Anderson 6-0, 6-0 and Milford’s Tracy Li who defeated Ana Hegele of Amelia 6-1, 6-0.
Petty and Li were finally eliminated in the third round by Ursuline and St. Ursula, respectively.
In doubles competition, Milford’s Samantha Ciambro and Erin O’Bernier advanced to the second round were they were eliminated by Mercy.
Division II Sectional
The Division II Sectional Tournament took place at Seven Hills School.
Clermont countians turned in a respectable performance in the first round of singles action. Bethel-Tate’s Erinn Ballein defeated Felicity 6-3, 6-0, Clermont Northeastern’s Jamee Boyd defeated Roger Bacon 6-2, 6-1, New Richmond’s Kaitlyn Reid defeated Finneytown 6-3, 6-1, and Goshen’s Sierra Billow defeated McNicholas 6-1, 6-2.
In the second round, the four Clermonters faced each other. Boyd beat Ballien 6-0, 6-0 and Billow beat Reed 6-2, 6-2.
In the quarterfinals, Boyd was eliminated by Summit Country Day and Billow was eliminated by Seven Hills.
In doubles play, a trio of Clermont County combinations triumphed in the first round. Clermont Northeastern’s Ashley Greene and Emily Heist took the measure of New Richmond 6-3, 6-4, New Richmond’s Alana Burns and Jamie Clements took the measure of Goshen 6-3, 6-1, and Bethel-Tate’s Cindy Galea and Kristin Longworth took the measure of Felicity 6-2, 6-0.
In round two, Galea and Longworth continued their winning ways by ousting Finneytown 6-4, 6-2.
The Tiger combo was finally eliminated in the quarterfinals by Summit Country Day.