Most of Clermont County’s high school varsity girls tennis teams have enjoyed at least some success. In the most recent competition, New Richmond and Batavia have gone unbeaten. Some of the other county contingents are also enjoying success.
In the annual Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Coaches’ Classic, Bethel-Tate was the winner of Flight G. Many of the county teams turned in a very respectable performance.
In Flight G, the Tigers tallied 255 points, Roger Bacon was second with 245 and Glen Este was third with 205. There were eight teams in the Flight. Stephanie Runyan of Bethel-Tate (first singles) defeated Courtney Toler of GE 6-2, 6-4 in the finals.
Flight F saw New Richmond finish runner-up with 200 points. Fairfield was the winner with 260, Amelia was third with 185, and Batavia was fifth with 115 among a field of seven teams. Alex Smith of Amelia won the first singles battle over Nikki Staton of Batavia 6-0, 6-1. Beth Turner of Batavia fell in the final of second singles to Fairfield 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. In the third singles Kody Blankenship of New Richmond downed Fairfield 6-2, 7-6 (11-9). Kaitlyn Reid of New Richmond beat Fairfield 8-3 and McNicholas 8-5 in first singles matches. In second doubles Katie Bird of New Richmond won out over Meredith Melvin of Amelia 8-3 and Hamilton 8-3. In third singles Katie Bachman of Amelia bested Anderson by forfeit and Kayla Ernst of Batavia 8-6. Ernst took McNicholas 8-6. In first doubles, Troung and Ashley West of Amelia won the crown over Sarah Clancy and Tessa Ober of New Richmond 8-6. Troung and West also beat Hamilton 8-4 and Clancy and Ober of New Richmond beat beat McNicholas 8-6. In second doubles Colleen Grimes and Melissa Ohntrup got to the finale, but lost to Fairfield 8-1. They had a victory over over Anderson 8-8 (17-15).
Milford was third in the eight-team Flight E with 170 points; Winton Woods won with 210. Hilary Chaney advanced to the second singles finale, but lost to Winton Woods 6-2, 6-0. Erin Ogden and Cora Petrosky of Milford made it to the finals before falling to Oak Hills 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Lauren Poole of Milford won a first singles bout over Harrison 8-0.
The Lions shutout Clermont Northeastern 5-0 in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. The NR winners were Reid (first singles) 6-2, 6-0, Bird (second singles) 6-1, 6-1, Blankenship (third singles) 6-0, 6-0, Clancy and Ober (first doubles) 6-0, 6-0, and Grimes and Ohntrup (second doubles) 6-1, 6-1.
Bethel-Tate was the Red and Black's next victim in the American Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The triumphant Lions were Reid 6-2, 6-2, Bird 6-4, 6-2, Blankenship 6-1, 6-1, and Clancy and Ober 6-3, 6-1. The Tigers win was gained by second doubles Dabney and Davidson 6-1, 6-1.
The Lions next victim was East Clinton's Astros 5-0 in a non-division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The victorious Clermont countians were Reid 6-2, 6-1, Bird 6-0, 6-1, Blankenship 6-1, 6-1, Clancy and Ober 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, and Grimes and Ohntrup 6-2, 6-4.
"We're having a very good season. They work hard and do what I ask of them. They have a great work ethic," New Richmond head coach Tina Blankenship said of her team. Her charges have won seven of their first eight games.
The Lions have a solid line-up throughout - senior first singles Kaitlyn Reid, senior second singles Katie Bird, junior third singles Kody Blankenship, senior first doubles Sarah Clancy and Tessa Ober, and senior second doubles Colleen Grimes and Melissa Ohntrup.
New Richmond is seeking its third consecutive Southern Buckeye Conference American Division championship and their coach expects good efforts.
"They are very experienced. They know what I expect. Their are no surprises.
"Next year I hope for some good freshmen to add to the other six coming back," Blankenship concluded.
The Bulldogs edged Amelia 3-2 in a non-conference confrontation. The Batavia victors were Stanton (first singles) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, Turner (second singles) 6-3, 6-0, and Ernst (third singles) 6-3, 6-1. The winning Barons were Trong and West (first doubles) 6-1, 6-1 and Coulson and Fronk (second doubles) 6-0, 6-0.
In Southern Buckeye Conference non-division action, the Green and White skimmed by Bethel-Tate 3-2. The victors uniformed in Green and White were Stanton 6-0, 6-1, Turner 6-2, 6-1, and Ernst 6-1, 7-5. The triumphant Tigers were Fancher and Sloan (first singles) 7-6, 6-1 and Dabney and Davidson (second doubles) 6-0, 6-0.
The E-Gals won out over Walnut Hills' E-Gals 3-2 in a non-division Fort Ancient Valley Conference fray. Downing their adversaries were Milford's Poole (first singles) 6-4, 6-4, Dauw and Dauw (first doubles) 6-3, 6-2, and Ogden and Petrosky (second doubles) 6-0, 6-4.
Former Eastern Hills League foe, the Madeira Mustangs, was nipped by the Red and White 3-2. The victorious E-Gals were Stein (third singles) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, Dauw and Dauw 2-6, 6-0, 6-3, and Ogden and Petrosky 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Milford blanked Glen Este 5-0 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Conference tilt. Defeating their Trojan opponents were Poole 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, Chaney 6-1, 6-2, Stine 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, Dauw and Dauw 6-0, 6-1, and Ogden and Petrosky 6-1, 6-0.
The E-Gals just got by Amelia 3-2 in a non-division Fort Ancient Valley Conference contest. Winning for Milford was Chaney (second singles) 6-0, 6-1, Dauw and Dauw (first doubles) 6-4, 6-0, and Ogden and Petrosky (second doubles) 6-1, 6-3. The winning Barons were Smith (first singles) 6-2, 6-0 and Bachman (third singles) 6-1, 6-4.
In the Ohio State Team Tournament, Lakota East's Thunderhawks whitewashed the Red and White 5-0.
The Trojans worked past Western Brown's Broncos in non-conference play 3-2. Triumphant Trojans were Shepler (second singles) 6-3, 6-4, Parrish (third singles) 6-0, 6-1, and Mulvaney and Sollmann (second doubles) 6-2, 6-2.
Finneytown's Wildcats also fell before the GE onslaught in non-conference play 3-2. The winning Clermont countians were Shepler 6-0, 6-0, Parrish by forfeit, and Mulvaney and Sollmann 6-1, 6-0.
The Tigers trounced Goshen 5-0 in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. This was a battle between the county's teams uniformed in Red and Gray.
Blanchester's Wildcats were no match for their Clermont County adversary. In the 3-2 victory, the triumphant Tigers were Stephanie Runyan (first singles) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, Megan Fancher and Krista Sloan 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, and Brittney Dabney and Cheyenne Davidson 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
"We're having a good season. I expected it," said Sherry Wirtz, Bethel-Tate head coach. "We've got some experience and good senior leadership."
The seniors are Fancher, Runyan, Katie Shouse, and Mandy Hiler.
"I expect us to finish strong and the future looks good, too. We'll have three juniors and one sophomore from this year's team back, but we won't have depth," Wirtz concluded.
The Barons whomped Western Brown 4-1 in non-conference action. The Barons' victories were achieved by Smith 6-1, 6-2, Bachman 6-0, 6-1, Truong and West 6-2, 6-4, and Fronk and Lindsley (second doubles) 6-2, 6-0.
The Warriors routed Reading's Blue Devils in a non-conference contest. The Clermont countians' wins were earned by Cornell (first singles) 6-0, 6-0, Samantha Shinkle (second singles) 6-1, 6-1, Tucker (third singles) 6-0, 6-0, Hulsmeyer and Musgrove (first doubles) 6-0, 6-0, and Sarah Hicks and Synthia Shinkle (second doubles) 6-0, 6-0.
The Felicity Cardinals were nipped by Goshen 3-2 in Southern Buckeye Conference non-division play. The winning Warriors were Tucker 6-0, 6-2, Hulsmeyer and Musgrove 6-1, 6-2, and Hicks and Shinkle 6-1, 6-3. Dealing wins for the Cards were Appelman (first singles) 4-6, 7-5 (12-10), 6-4, and White (second singles) 6-0, 6-3.
In a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division fray, Goshen was upended by Western Brown 5-0.
Little Miami's Panthers skimmed by the Red and Gray 3-2. Downing their War ren County foe was Cornell (third singles) 6-0, 6-1 and Hulsmeyer and Musgrove (second doubles) 7-5, 7-5.