Milford, Amelia, and New Richmond have gone undefeated in a span of Clermont County high school varsity girls tennis action.
The E-Gals conquered Colerain’s Cardinals in a non-league confrontation. The victorious Clermont countians were Lauren Poole (first singles) 6-0, 7-6, Madison Laskarzewski (second singles) 6-3, 6-2, Shannon Glancy (third singles) 6-1, 6-3, and Gaby Medvedec and Susie Facciolo (second doubles) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6.
In their Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division season opener the Red and White humbled Harrison’s Wildcats 4-1. Winning for Milford were Poole 6-0, 6-0, Laskarzewski 6-2, 6-0, Petrosky (third singles) 6-0, 6-3, and Sarah Kruse and Eliza Marchant (second doubles) 6-2, 6-0.
The season actually began with a 3-2 non-league win over the Oak Hills Highlanders. The victorious Clermont countians were Poole 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, Laskarzewski 6-3, 6-1, and Kruse and Petrosky 6-2, 6-1.
Jeff Hoover, coach of the E-Gals said, "We've been doing very well so far. We should have double digit wins this year."
His charges in Red and White absorbed their first loss in a non-division tilt of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference to Walnut Hills' Eagles.
Loveland is the team to beat in Milford's division of the Fort Ancient Valley and that his E-Gals and Anderson's Redskins should battle it out for the runner-up spot.
The Milford standouts thus far have been senior co-captain Lauren Poole, freshman Madison Laskarzewski, and senior co-captain Cora Petrosky and senior Sarah Kruse.
Hoover says this quartet "has been impressive" and "I hope the rest of the team follows suit and we get balance through the whole line-up."
The Barons whitewashed Western Brown 5-0 in a non-conference encounter. The Amelia victors were Hannah Fulks (first singles) 6-1, 6-2, Ashley West (second singles) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), Ally Chamberlain (third singles) 2-6, 6-0, 6-4, Cassie Amato and Nicole Lindsley (first doubles) 6-2, 6-0, and Holly Buten and Ashley Houston (second doubles) 6-4, 6-2.
In an inner-county, non-league showdown, the Barons edged Bethel-Tate 3-2. Winning for the Blue and White were Fulks 6-2, 6-4, Amato and Lindsley 6-2, 6-0, and Buten and Houston (second doubles) 6-0, 6-0. The Tigers' triumphant were Cheyenne Davidson (second singles) 7-6, 6-1 and Samantha Cundiff (third singles) 6-3, 6-2.
Amelia blanked Batavia 5-0 in a non-league, inner-county game between next door neighbors. The victorious Barons were Fulks 6-1, 6-4, West 6-3, 6-1, Chamberlain 6-3, 6-1, Amato and Lindsey 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, and Butin and Houston 6-0, 6-2.
"They're doing good so far. I expected us to have a good season," said Tim West, the Barons' coach. "We lost five seniors, but we have good replacements. We have a lot of juniors and one senior so I expect a good future. Our program is going to keep getting better and better."
Amelia has 20 players on its roster - 10 varsity and 10 junior varsity.
The Barons' standouts are anticipated to be freshman first singles Hannah Fulks, junior second singles Ashley West, the coach's daughter, junior third singles Ally Chamberlain, the first doubles of senior Nicole Lindsley and junior Cassie Amato, and the second doubles of junior Ashley Houston and freshman Holly Buten.
The Lions clobbered Clermont Northeastern 5-0 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division contest. The winners uniformed in Red and Black were Kody Blankenship (first singles) 6-4, 6-2, Sarah Jones (second singles) 6-1, 6-1, Casey White (third singles) 6-0, 6-3, Miranda Stillwell and Vada Stillwell (first doubles) 5-7, 7-5, 6-1, and Marissa David and Alex White (second doubles) 6-1, 6-1.
It's a new team and a new coach in the Lions' Den.
"We're young. The kids are real coachable. It's going to be an exciting season of learning, experience-wise." said Terri Flamm, the coach of the defending Southern Buckeye Conference American Division champions. "I expect a fun season. They play well together."
The Lions' leaders have usually been senior first singles Kody Blankenship, first doubles sisters Vada Stillwell, a senior, and Miranda Stillwell, a sophomore, and senior second or third singles Casey White.
The Trojans shutout Taylor's Yellow Jackets 5-0 in a non-conference contest. The GE winners were Courtney Toler (first singles) 6-2, 6-1, Rachael Shepler (second singles) 6-0, 6-0, Sarah Parrish (third singles) 7-6, 7-6, Keara Mulvaney and Haleigh Sollman (first doubles) 6-4, 6-1, and Lauren O'Donnell and Danielle Riggs (second doubles) 6-2, 6-1.
Glen Este also blanked Clermont Northeastern 5-0 in an inner-county, non-league game. The triumphant Trojans were Toler 6-0, 6-1, Shepler 6-0, 6-0, Parrish 6-2, 6-3, Mulvaney and Sollman 6-0, 6-2, and Allison O'Moore and Mary Baker 6-0, 6-0.
McNicholas's Rockets were downed by GE 3-2 in a non-conference clash. Trojan victories were achieved by Toler 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, Shepler 6-0, 6-0, and Parrish 6-4, 6-1.
Loveland shut out the Purple and White 5-0 in a Buckeye Division game of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.
"So far we've been doing pretty well. The girls worked hard all summer and their working well with each other and with the experience they've gained," said Todd Majestic, the coach of the Trojans. He pointed out his team has five seniors, six juniors, and one sophomore.
Majestic believes he has good talent among his singles players - senior Courtney Toler, senior Rachael Shepler, and junior Sarah Parrish.
The Tigers triumphed over Goshen 5-0 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division fray. The Bethel winners were Krista Sloan (first singles) 6-0, 4-0 (default), Cheyenne Davidson (second singles) 6-0, 6-0, Samantha Cundiff (third singles) 6-2, 6-0, Heather Daugherty and Deanna Dameron (first doubles) 6-2, 6-2, and Mackenzie Rinehart and Hannah Wallace (second doubles) 6-4, 6-2.
The Red and Gray was edged by Western Brown 3-2 in an American Division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference. Netting the Tigers' team points were Sloan 6-7, (4-7), 6-4, 6-1, and Davidson 6-3, 6-1.
The Tigers lost a non-conference game to Deer Park's Wildcats 3-2. The victorious Clermont countians were Cundiff 6-1, 6-4 and second doubles Amanda Ortman and Wallace 6-3, 7-5.
"Last year we were 10-2 in the Southern Buckeye Conference and I want to shoot for that," said Kurt Charlton, the Tigers' coach. "They are pretty close in talent. They're going to have to earn their spots all year long."
A trio of singles players have been "very closely watched" by their coach - seniors Krista Sloan (first singles), senior Cheyenne Davidson (second singles), and senior Samantha Cundiff (third singles). Good performances are also coming from junior Heather Daugherty (singles and doubles).
The Bulldogs bounced Bethel-Tate 4-1 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game. The Bulldogs' team points were made by first singles Beth Turner 6-0, 6-1, second singles Davidson 6-4, 6-2, first doubles Bare and Simmons 6-1, 6-3, and second doubles Harbottle and Knudsen 6-0, 6-2. The Tigers' team point was recorded by third singles Wallace 6-0, 6-0.
"I had no idea how well we were going to do this year. We've got a lot of younger kids," said Amber Kelly, the Bulldogs' coach. "These are really nice kids, but we have a lot of inexperience."
Kelly expected her team's leaders to be Turner, a senior, "our strongest player," and first doubles Meranda Bare, a senior, and Kelly Simmons, a senior, both three-year veterans.
Ralph Adams, the Cardinals' head coach, is elated that Felicity is fielding a girls tennis team when rumors were about that there would be no team this year.
"We'll have a great season because we know we have a girls tennis team." he said. "The girls, the parents, and myself are very grateful."
In Adams' aviary is some talent including junior first singles Amanda White, sophomore singles and first doubles Taylor Carter, senior doubles and second singles Kristin Sturgis, junior doubles and third singles Ciera Nickol, sophomore doubles Carissa Cumby, Mackenzie Turner, and Bridgette Hazenfield, and freshman doubles Heather Tatman.
"I expected we should get a lot of wins this year," said coach of the Rockets.
The Blue and Gold has three seniors with experience - first singles Suzanne Caldwell, and first doubles Heather San ft and Heather Christie..
The team has no juniors, but the coach said there is talent among sophomores Alicia Dennis (third singles) "a really strong server," Eva Wall (all-around), and Liz Schricten (doubles and third singles).
"This is a total rebuilding year. We have only one girl who's played before," said Pete Patterson, the Warriors' coach. "They're making good progress and I'm pleased with the progress they're making. Hopefully we'll do okay, but we're not deep. We have only seven players."
The Warriors have three players set the Red and Gray through their paces - junior Hillary Hulsmeyer, senior Alyssa Hulsmeyer, the team's only senior, and freshman Madison Martell.