Posted: 12:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

Braves dominate SWOC, sweep league tennis honors

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Players on the Talawanda High School tennis team show off their trophy after winning the Southwest Ohio Conference Tournament Sept. 25 at Wilmington High School. From left to right are Becca Lockhart, Kate Hanley, Deanna Whalen, Sarah Lockhart, Rachael Morton, Audrey Lipps and Katie Curry.

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OXFORD — Senior Rachel Morton was named Southwest Ohio Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season recently as Talawanda High School’s girls tennis team dominated the league with a 6-0 record.

It also was the second consecutive time the Braves won the SWOC tournament, but it’s the fifth straight time they have won a league championship. THS won the Fort Ancient Valley Conference three times in a row before moving to the SWOC.

All five players made first-team All-SWOC, as Talawanda (14-4 overall) swept the conference tournament with first-place finishes at every position. Head coach Pete Thomas was named SWOC Coach of the Year for the second straight season, which ended for the Braves with a loss in the sectional tournament.

Every player and team finished with a winning record for Talawanda. Morton (17-6) led the way at first singles, followed by senior Deanna Whalen (20-5, second singles) and sophomore Katie Curry (15-8, third singles).

Juniors Sarah and Becca Lockhart finished 12-9 at first doubles, while senior Kate Hanley and junior Audrey Lipps went 14-6 at second doubles.

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