BLANCHESTER — With a 5-0 victory, the Blanchester girls tennis team recorded its 31st straight Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference National Division victory Thursday against Clermont Northeastern on the BHS courts.
The win puts the Ladycats at 1-0 on the year. CNE drops to 0-1.
“Considering how little court time we’ve had thanks to the weather, I was really pleased with how we played,” BHS coach Matt Sexton said. “I knew CNE would be gunning for us, so I think the girls wanted to make a statement with their play, and I think they accomplished that.”
Brooke Honaker and Emily Speakman put BHS in a good position with easy wins at first and second singles.
“Brooke and Emily were rock-solid for us at the top of the lineup,” said Sexton, who noted Blanchester is 55-4 in its last 59 SBAAC matches. “I would expect nothing less out of our captains. I was happy for Megan (Weber) at third singles and our second doubles team (Alexis Vestal and Korie White) for playing very well. They were focused from the start and played aggressively yet under control.”
Erin Wilson and Lilly Tedrick had a three-set win at first doubles, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-4.
“The first doubles match was the true contrast in styles,” the BHS coach said. “The two teams know each other well and CNE plays a style that can be tough to match up against. We played a fantastic first set, then probably waited too long into the third set before making a strategy change of our own which I’ll take the blame for. We finished strong after making that adjustment.”
August 18, 2018
@Blanchester High School
Blanchester 5, Clermont Northeastern 0
• Brooke Honaker def Chandra Griffis 6-1, 6-2
• Emily Speakman def Elizabeth Glancy 6-1, 6-1
• Megan Weber def Amber Rossmann 6-3, 6-2
• Erin Wilson, Lilly Tedrick def Leah Decatur, Cheyanne Stahl 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-4
• Alexis Vestal, Korie White def Kenady Brown, Emilee Caudill 6-0, 6-1
• Grace King, Kayla Allen won 8-0
• Lexie Winemiller, Lydia Falgner lost 4-8