By Josh Brown
CENTERVILLE — The Greater Western Ohio Conference gold flight tennis tournament had a stacked field this season.
GWOC North Division champion Troy found out just how stacked Thursday at Centerville, placing sixth with 14 points.
Hannah Essick had the Trojans’ best finish at first singles, placing fifth by defeating Centerville’s Ashley Amiri 8-6 in the final round.
At third singles, Ashley Bruns placed sixth, falling to Centerville’s Nadja Marin 8-0 in the finals. At second doubles, Meredith Pruitt and Katie Sherrick placed sixth, falling to Springfield’s Charlotte Connolly and Anjali Mistry 9-7 in the finals.
At second singles, Maggie Hennessy placed seventh, defeating Springfield’s Amanda Dillon 8-2 in the final round. At first doubles, Zoey Scancarello and Sierra Verstraten placed seventh, defeating Springfield’s Lena Syed and Maleehah Umerani 8-2 in the finals.
Springboro on the tournament with three individual titles and 41 points, and Miamisburg was second with the other two individual titles and 37 points.
Troy hosts the Division I sectional tournament Wednesday.
Troy 3, Sidney 0
TROY — Troy’s volleyball team continued to dominate the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division Thursday night, sweeping Sidney 25-13, 25-15, 25-13 at the Trojan Activities Center for its 16th straight win.
Lauren Freed led the Trojans again with 13 kills, Miranda Silcott had nine, Katie DeMeo and Camryn Moeller each had four, Drezanee Smith had three and Kearston Riley had one. Dana Wynkoop had five of the team’s 12 aces and added 19 assists, Katie Jackson had seven assists and Emily Brinkman had four, Victoria Holland led the team in digs with six, DeMeo and Silcott each had three blocks and Payton Riley had two.
Troy (16-0, 4-0 GWOC North) will host Piqua Tuesday looking to close out its fourth straight division title.
M-U 3, Madison 1
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union bounced back from its loss to Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division leader Waynesville Tuesday, defeating Madison in four, 25-10, 25-19, 10-25, 25-14 Thursday night.
Michaela Fullmer led the Bulldogs with 11 kills, Anna Willson had nine kills and six aces and Lauren Craig had 21 assists.
“We’ve been pretty good at starting matches this season,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “Our outside hitters were lighting it up at the start.”
Milton-Union (7-5, 5-2 SWBL Buckeye) travels to Oakwood Saturday
Tipp 3, BL 1
BELLEFONTAINE — After dropping a back-and-forth Game 1, the Tippecanoe Red Devils rallied to win the next three straight, defeating Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division foe Ben Logan 17-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18 Thursday night at home.
Aubrey Cox had 16 kills and six blocks, Alyssa Crusey had 12 kills, 11 digs and two aces and Taylor Prall had eight kills, three blocks and three aces to lead the way. Kara Trimbach had 36 assists, five blocks and 10 digs and Jordan McMahan had 16 digs.
Tippecanoe (9-5) hosts Stebbins Tuesday.
ME 3, TVS 0
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Miami East had another easy night in the Cross County Conference Thursday, shutting out Twin Valley South 3-0.
Jonni Parker had 14 kills and 13 assists and Kyndall Hellyer had 15 kills.
TC 3, YS 2
TROY — Troy Christian rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits Thursday night, defeating Yellow Springs 17-25, 25-19, 26-28, 25-19, 15-8 in Metro Buckeye Conference play.
Kathryn Lee had 15 kills, 13 blocks and 11 digs to lead the Eagles. Jenna Bullock had 31 assists and 16 digs, Jenna Grady had 13 blocks and six kills, Kristen Winger had 35 digs and five aces, Faith King had eight kills and seven blocks, Allison Winger had 14 digs and four aces, A’maria Carter had seven digs and three kills and Emily Sloan had three kills.
Arcanum 3, Covington 1
COVINGTON — Covington held a seven-point lead in the fourth game with a chance to force a fifth, but Arcanum rallied to close out the match in four and defeat the Buccaneers 20-25, 25-17, 25-19, 27-25 Thursday in Cross County Conference play.
Rachel York had another big night, tallying 21 kills and 12 digs, while Brooke Gostomsky had eight kills, five aces and six digs. Arianna Richards had 27 assists and five digs, Savanna Schaurer had three aces, 13 digs and four kills, Ashley Cecil had seven digs, Bre Dieperink had seven kills and 12 assists and Breanna Kimmel had five kills.
“We had chances to pull this match out,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “In the fourth set, we held a 19-12 lead and let single mistakes turn into Arcanum runs. Our mental toughness needs to improve.”
* Girls Soccer
M-U 4, Madison 0
WEST MILTON — Senior Madison Brandon helped the Milton-Union girls soccer team recover from its loss at Waynesville earlier this week, leading the Bulldogs with a hat trick to a 4-0 victory over Madison Thursday in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Taylor Jacobs and Danielle McFarland assisted on Brandon’s first two goals, then Kristen Dickison scored with an assist from Karissa Baird. Brandon finished off her hat trick with an unassisted score, and the Bulldog defense posted a shutout.
Milton-Union (9-2-1, 4-1-1 SWBL Buckeye) travels to Carlisle Oct. 1.
ME 1, TCN 0
LEWISBURG — The Miami East Vikings held on for a narrow 1-0 victory over Cross County Conference foe Tri-County North on the road Thursday.
Danielle Mannier had the lone goal in the game, scoring with 1:54 left in the first half. Miami East goalkeeper Katie Bodenmiller made two saves for her fifth shutout of the season.
Miami East (7-4, 2-0 CCC) travels to Bethel Oct. 1.
Other scores: Bethel 2, Franklin Monroe 0.
* Boys Soccer
FM 2, Bethel 1
BRANDT — Bethel’s boys soccer team missed what would have been a game-tying penalty kick late in the first half, and the Bees (7-2-1) lost to reigning Cross County Conference champion Franklin Monroe (6-1) Thursday night.
“It was a very hard-fought, physical game tonight,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “With about 12 minutes left in the first half, we had a breakdown at midfield that allowed a one-touch give-and-go for their first-half goal. We had a few more chances and missed a PK before halftime that could have helped us mentally.
“At half, we regrouped, came out and attacked more. We put more pressure on the goal and had two or three real good looks that we should have put away. Then the backbreaker occurred when FM scored on a one-on-one with just under 25 minutes remaining. I’m proud of our effort tonight, but we must improve some of our decision making and work on what we do best.”
Bethel travels to Troy Christian Tuesday.
TC 3, XC 0
XENIA — Troy Christian (7-4, 2-2 Metro Buckeye Conference) won its third straight Thursday night, shutting out Xenia Christian 3-0 on the road.
Kevin Smith, Andrew Strait and Colt Tanner each had a goal for the Eagles, while Jacob Wynne added an assist.
Troy Christian hosts Bethel Tuesday.
ME 10, TCN 1
LEWISBURG — Miami East had a big night against Cross County Conference foe Tri-County North, routing the Panthers 10 Thursday night.
Connor Wilson had three goals and two assists to lead the way, Devyn Carson added two goals and two assists, Dalton Taynor and Austin Niswonger each had two goal, Wesley Sutherly had a goal, Kaleb Elifritz had two assists and Shelby Elifritz, Dylan Rodriguez and Kyler Bradley each had one assist.
“We came in with a checklist of things we needed to work on, and we accomplished most of them,” Miami East coach Adam Bell said. “We still have some work to do as we prepare for Ponitz, Bethel and Urbana next week.”
Other scores: Madison 8, Milton-Union 0. Lehman 5, Fairlawn 0.
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