2016 PREVIEW: Blanchester High School tennis


Compiled by Mark Huber



The Blanchester High School tennis team, from left to right, front row, Grace King, Lilly Tedrick, Brooke Honaker, Kayla Allen, Kori White, Alexis Vestal; back row, coach Mike Sexton, Erin Wilson, Lydia Falgner, Alexis Winemiller, Megan Weber, Emily Speakman, coach Matt Sexton.


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RECORD IN 2015

7-7 overall, 6-0 SBC (1st place, fifth straight SBC title, 30 straight league wins, 54-4 in last 58 SBC league matches), GCTCA Coaches Classic Flight G 3rd place

COACH

Matt Sexton, 13 overall, 10 at BHS

COACH’S RECORD

85-67 at Blanchester (58-27 in SBC), 97-106 overall

OTHER COACHES IN PROGRAM

Mike Sexton

NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTERWINNERS

5

NUMBER OF RETURNING STARTERS

6

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Brooke Honaker, SBC National Division Player of the Year 2015, 1st team All-SBC; Emily Speakman, 1st team All-SBC; Erin Wilson, 2nd team All-SBC; Lilly Tedrick, 2nd team All-SBC; Alexis Vestal; Korie White; Megan Weber

KEY NEWCOMERS

Lexie Winemiller, Lydia Falgner, Grace King, Kayla Allen

KEY PLAYERS LOST

Heather O’Neill, 1st team All-SBC (graduation); Sarah Ujlakyova (exchange student)

RIGHT NOW I LIKE …

How hard the girls have worked during the summer. We had a lot of improving to do this offseason and I feel like we’ve improved quite a bit from the team that finished 2015.

RIGHT NOW …

I think we need to play with a little more confidence. The players are beating themselves up in challenge matches and that’s tough on the psyche. They need to believe that they’re good and the hard work will pay off.

LEAGUE FAVORITE

CNE is gunning for us and has almost everyone back from an improving team last year. Bethel-Tate and Felicity were both young last year and should be improved this season.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT TEAM …

Like usual, I have a great group of kids with some hilarious personalities. I’m looking forward to getting started so they can start applying what they’ve learned this summer.

Last SBC loss Sept. 8, 2010, 3-2 loss at East Clinton, 2,158 days ago.

ROSTER

Brooke Honaker 12; Emily Speakman 12; Megan Weber 12; Lilly Tedrick 11; Alexis Vestal 11; Korie White 11; Erin Wilson 11; Lydia Falgner 10; Lexie Winemiller 10; Kayla Allen 9; Grace King 9

SCHEDULE

Aug 13 vs East Clinton 10 am; Aug 15 @Madeira 4 pm; Aug 17 @Felicity 4 pm; Aug 18 vs Clermont NE 4 pm; Aug 20 SBC Tournament @BHS 9 am; Aug 24 SBC Tournament @BHS 4 pm; Aug 25 vs Bethel-Tate 4 pm; Aug 29 vs Glen Este 4 pm; Aug 30 vs Waynesville 4 pm

Sept 1 vs New Richmond 4 pm; Sept 6 @Amelia 4 pm; Sept 7 vs Western Brown 4 pm; Sept 8 vs Batavia 4 pm; Sept 12 @Western Brown 4 pm; Sept 13 @Norwood 4 pm; Sept 14 vs Hillsboro 4 pm; Sept 15 vs Felicity 4 pm; Sept 20 @Clermont NE 4 pm; Sept 22 @Coaches Classic TBA; Sept 24 @Coaches Classic TBA; Sept 26 @Little Miami 4 pm; Sept 27 @Bethel-Tate 4 pm

Oct 6 Sectional Tournament @ATP 8 am

The Blanchester High School tennis team, from left to right, front row, Grace King, Lilly Tedrick, Brooke Honaker, Kayla Allen, Kori White, Alexis Vestal; back row, coach Mike Sexton, Erin Wilson, Lydia Falgner, Alexis Winemiller, Megan Weber, Emily Speakman, coach Matt Sexton.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_GTN_blanteam.jpgThe Blanchester High School tennis team, from left to right, front row, Grace King, Lilly Tedrick, Brooke Honaker, Kayla Allen, Kori White, Alexis Vestal; back row, coach Mike Sexton, Erin Wilson, Lydia Falgner, Alexis Winemiller, Megan Weber, Emily Speakman, coach Matt Sexton. Mark Huber | News Journal

Compiled by Mark Huber

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