Volleyball splits away matches
Talawanda’s varsity girls’ volleyball team split two SWOC matches last week, both on the road. The Lady Braves are in the midst of a six match stretch of away contests.
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Talawanda suffered its first conference loss of the season at Little Miami (25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 16-25). The loss dropped Talawanda to 6-1 on the season in conference play, with Little MIami upping their SWOC record to 7-1.
“It was a tough lost, but we fought ourselves — but give Little Miami credit, they’re a good team with a great crowd. They executed when they needed to and we didn’t.” Coach Ruchelle Dunwoody dais. “We will take many lessons from this match and continue to grow as a team.”
Junior outside hitter Valerie Green finished the match with her six double-double and team-leading 16 kills and 13 digs. She made only four errors in 39 attempts for a hitting percentage of .308
Seniors Olivia Lauer contributed 6 kills and had 14 digs on the night along with senior libero Gabriella Lindley who also had 14 digs on the night. Senior setter Katlynn finished the night with her fifth double-double 38 assists and 10 digs.
After Thursday’s matches, Talawanda now has the edge in the standings as they defeated Harrison (16-25, 25-13, 25-22, 25-19) while LM lost to Northwest. The Lady Braves win gives them a half-game advantage going into the final two weeks of the season.
The team was led by junior outside hitter Valerie Green who finished the match with her 7th double-double (21 kills and 18 digs). Senior right side Olivia Lauer had her 1st double-double with 10 Kills and 14 digs and senior middle Jordan Chase finished with 8 kills, 4 blocks and 4 digs).
On the defensive side of the ball, senior Libero Gabriella Lindley contributed 27 digs and sophomore outside hitter Mallory Elliott had 17 digs. Senior setter Katylynn Woodruff finished with her 5th double-double (45 assists and 10 digs).
“After the first set, I thought we settled in and played well. We improved our serving and passing game, which greatly helped our offense and defensively we played really, really well.”
Overall, Talawanda is 13-3. They were scheduled to play at Eaton on Monday, Oct. 3, before returning to their home court on Tuesday against Mount Healthy. They will finish the week at Edgewood on Thursday and at home on Saturday against Graham.
Braves fall to Harrison, 48-13
The Talawanda Braves’ football team took the momentum from last week’s win into the opening quarter of their matchup with Harrison on Friday, Sept. 30. The Braves scored on their first two possessions and opened at 13-0 lead early in the game.
The early jump for Talawanda seemed to “wake up” the Harrison squad — in particular, quarterback Frankie Young. The Harrison junior QB led the Wildcats on a touchdown drive late in the first period that culminated in a 14-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Smith. From that point on, Harrison took the momentum and went on to a 48-13 win.
“Tough game against a good opponent,” coach J.D. Vonderheide said. “Loved the way we started the game on both sides of the ball — captured the momentum early with 2 touchdowns and some big defensive stops. I liked the way we competed all night, but unfortunately we weren’t able to play consistently enough the final three quarters to win the game.”
The duo of Young and Smith provided Harrison with much of their offense. Young threw for 309 yards on 22 completions and four touchdowns. Smith caught 13 passes for 176 yards, ran for 33 yards and had a 77-yard kick-off return.
Talawanda opened the game with an impressive drive. Braves’ quarterback Logan Kamphaus connected with Luke Croucher on a 22-yard touchdown pass to cap off the possession. The TD and extra point gave the Braves a 7-0 lead.
Talawanda’s defense did its job on Harrison’s next two possessions and gave the Braves’ offense good field position. Kamphaus capped a second scoring drive with a 1 yard run to put Talawanda ahead 13-0 with 1:46 left to play in the opening quarter.
At that point, Harrison took to the air and Young led the Wildcats on a quick scoring drive. The quarter ended with Talawanda up 13-7.
The second quarter belonged to Harrison as Smith scored three times — one rushing and two passes from Young. The half ended with Harrison up 28-13.
Talawanda’s hope of getting back any momentum to open the second half was quickly diminished on the opening kick off. Harrison received the kick and Smith returned it for a 77-yard touchdown. The TD and extra point put Harrison ahead 35-13.
Harrison scored two more times in the second half, while shutting out the Braves.
The Braves’ struggled putting points on the scoreboard after establishing the early advantage. However, Talawanda’s senior quarterback still accounted for more than 200 yards of total offense.
In last week’s win, Lamphaus produced a combined 384 yards of total offense. The effort earned him WCPO Player of the Week honors. Against Harrison, he threw for 106 yards on 12 completions and rushed for 104 yards on 17 carries. He threw for a touchdown and rushed for one.
“I didn’t feel the score indicated how close the game was.” Vonderheide added.
“We did some really good things on both sides of the ball. All that we will build off of. Although the loss was disappointing we are excited about the opportunity this Friday against Mount Healthy.”
The Braves, now 1-5 on the season, will play three of their final four games on the road. They start on Friday, Oct. 7, at Mount Healthy. They will play their final home game the following Friday, hosting Edgewood. They finish the season at Northwest and Ross in the final two weeks.
THS defeats Eaton
The Talawanda girls’ varsity tennis team defeated Eaton, 4-1, on Monday, Sept. 26, to push their record to 11-8 overall.
Prior to the Eaton match, the team honored its lone senior, Carly Sherba. Sherba is the squad’s #1 singles player and is 5-1 in SWOC matches and 14-3 overall, according to the SWOC stats. She was presented flowers during the Senior Night ceremony.
The Lady Braves then competed at the SWOC tournament on Wednesday. Results were not available at press time. Going into the tournament, Talawanda was in second place in the SWOC standings at 5-1. Ross topped the list at 6-0.
Braves’ boys soccer still unbeaten
The Talawanda boys’ soccer team remained unbeaten in the SWOC at 2-0 after last week’s play. They remain a game ahead of Ross who is 3-1 in the conference.
Talawanda pushed its winning streak to six in a row defeating Middletown and Edgewood. The Braves topped Middletown, 4-1, on Monday, Sept. 26, in non-SWOC action. They defeated Edgewood in a SWOC matchup on Thursday, 3-1.
On Saturday, the winning streak came to an end as the Braves were edged by Roger Bacon, 3-2.
The Braves were scheduled to host Eaton on Monday, Oct. 4, in a non-SWOC match. They will then play a stretch in which three of their final four regular season games are conference matchups. They will finish the week traveling to Northwest on Thursday and hosting Little Miami on Saturday.
During the final week of the regular season, they will host Western Hills on Tuesday, Oct. 11 and then play their SWOC finale at Ross on Thursday.
The Lady Braves soccer team dropped two matches last week. Talawanda was defeated on Tuesday by Edgewood, 2-0, and then lost to Hamilton, 3-0.
The squad is 4-7-1 on the season, 1-3 in the SWOC. They have three games on tap this week including a road game against Northwest on Tuesday and a home encounter with Winton Woods on Thursday. They will finish the week at CHCS on Saturday.
(Some information provided by the Southwest Ohio Conference website)