Season ends at district for local tennis players: Thursday sports roundup

By Josh Brown

MASON — The season came to an end for the Milton-Union, Tippecanoe and Lehman tennis teams at the Division II district tournament Thursday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, as no one was able to qualify for the state tournament.

Milton-Union senior Hannah Fugate and sophomore Meredith Fitch, the sectional doubles champions out of the Troy sectional, won their first match against Wyoming’s Eleanor Stall and Anya Kirsch 6-1, 6-2. In the get-to-state match in the quarterfinal round, though, they took on Indian Hill’s Jessica August and Jessie Budde, falling 6-1, 6-1.

And in singles, Milton-Union freshman Taylor Falb impressed in her first trip to district but fell to Seven Hills’ Annika Alper 6-4, 6-1.

“The girls had a great season,” Milton-Union coach Jenny Fox said. “I know this wasn’t the way Hannah wanted to end her senior year, but getting that far at districts and getting the No. 1 seed from our sectional is a big accomplishment.

“It was a great experience for Taylor and got her familiar with what she has coming up the next three years. (Falb and Fitch) now have an idea of what they need to work on to make it to state next year.”

Two more young players, Tippecanoe sophomore Amelia Zweizig and freshman Mira Patel, got district experience in the doubles bracket, falling 6-1, 6-3 in the first round to CHCA’s Kennedy Puryear and Leanna Yuan.

Lehman senior Sarah Gibson and junior Angela Brunner also lost in the first round of the doubles bracket, falling 6-1, 6-3 to Seven Hills’ Anika Param and Avital Isakov.

* Volleyball

Tippecanoe 3,

Butler 0

TIPP CITY — After knocking off six-time defending division champion Troy earlier in the week, the Tippecanoe volleyball team still had unfinished business.

The Red Devils took care of that on Thursday, though, clinching at least a share of the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division championship with a 25-16, 25-15, 25-18 victory over Butler on Senior Night.

“The seniors got to go out with a bang — which is what they set out to do since the summer,” Tippecanoe coach Howard Garcia said. “The team played focused and with control.”

Rachel Wildermuth had 12 kills and four blocks to lead the Devils, Brooke Aselage added nine kills and 13 digs, Corinn Siefring had seven kills, Isabelle Crow had 34 assists and two aces, Abby Hughes had 16 digs and Madison Haas had two aces.

Tippecanoe finished the regular season 20-2, 14-1 in the GWOC American North Division. Troy is currently 13-1 and still needs to defeat Piqua Saturday to get a share of the title — should the Indians score an upset, the Devils would win it outright.

Miami East 3,

Covington 0

CASSTOWN — Miami East completed a ninth consecutive undefeated run through Cross County Conference play Thursday, putting away another outright championship with a 25-14, 25-15, 25-15 victory over visiting Covington.

The Vikings improved to 14-8 and 12-0 in the CCC, winning its ninth straight conference title. The team has not lost a CCC game since 2009.

For the Vikings, Sophie Jacomet had 21 kills and 15 digs to lead the way, Nichole Hood had nine kills, two aces, an assist and 18 digs, Lydia Conley had five kills, Delaney Bourelle had three kills, an ace and a block, Macie Schaffner had three kills, 27 assists, an ace and a block, Ashlyn Monnin had two kills, four aces and a block, Gabrielle Hawkins had 18 digs and four assists and Gretchen Frock had an assist and an ace.

Olivia Mohler led the Buccaneers (8-12, 6-6 CCC) with 12 blocks and a kill, Lilli Hamilton had four kills and a block, Alyssa Kimmel had four kills, Makenna Gostomsky had four kills and eight digs, Makenzee Maschino had four assists, one block and 13 digs, Ellery Reck had eight assists, an ace and five digs and Hillary Hoying had three aces and six digs.

Both teams open sectional tournament play Tuesday at Brookville, with Miami East facing Madison at 5 p.m. and Covington taking on Greeneview at 6:30 p.m.

Lehman 3,

Temple Christian 0

SIDNEY — The Lehman Cavaliers swept Lima Temple Christian Thursday, winning 25-7, 25-8, 25-12.

Alexis Snipes had 30 assists, Olivia Lucia had 12 kills, Lauren McFarland had 14 kills, four aces and eight digs and Reese Geise had five kills.

Lehman (13-8) travels to Urbana Saturday to finish the regular season.

Other scores: Troy Christian (13-9) 3, Franklin 0. National Trail 3, Bethel (11-11) 0 (25-22, 25-6, 25-15). Arcanum 3, Newton 0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-16).

* Boys Soccer

Troy 4,

Wayne 1

HUBER HEIGHTS — The Troy boys soccer team finished the regular season on a three-game winning streak, closing it out Thursday with a 4-1 victory over Wayne on the road.

Jon Hipolito led the Trojans (14-2) with a goal and two assists, Connor Hubbell, Kasheen Perdue and Elijah Williams each had a goal and Joey Sheehan had an assist. Goalkeeper Nicholas Griswold made two saves in net.

Troy hosts Stebbins in the first round of the sectional tournament Monday.

Milton-Union 2,

Dixie 1

WEST MILTON — Milton-Union closed out the regular season with a 2-1 victory over Dixie Thursday, finishing 7-6-3 overall and 6-3-1 in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.

Andrew Besecker had a goal and Avory Creech and Jake Motz each had an assist for the Bulldogs.

Milton-Union opens sectional tournament play at Chaminade Julienne Monday.

Other scores: Butler 2, Piqua (3-11-1, 3-7 GWOC American North) 0.

* Girls Soccer

Newton 2,

Yellow Springs 1

YELLOW SPRINGS — The Newton girls soccer team put together a second-half rally Thursday night on the road, defeating Yellow Springs 2-1.

After trailing 1-0 at the half, the Indians scored a pair of goals in the second half to take the win. McKenna Demido tied the score on an assist from Brooke Deeter, then Marissa Deeter scored the game-winning goal unassisted.

Newton hosts Dixie Tuesday to kick off the sectional tournament.

Other scores: Waynesville 4, Lehman 1.

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