OXFORD — Thursday, Oct. 13, was a special day for Talawanda athletics as two Braves’ teams clinched Southwest Ohio Conference championships. The Talawanda varsity volleyball team and the boys’ soccer team both claimed SWOC titles with wins over Ross.
The Lady Braves’ volleyball team entered Thursday’s match with a one game lead in the standings at 10-1. A win would give them the championship outright, a loss could mean sharing the title with Little Miami.
The Lady Braves took care of business, defeating Ross in three games. The win upped their SWOC record to 11-1 and 18-3 overall.
Thursday was also Senior Night for the Lady Braves. The crowd paid tribute to the 2016 senior class which consisted of Olivia Lauer, Lauren Baker, Miklaye Smith, Gabriella Lindley, Jordan Chase, and Katlynn Woodruff.
“The Braves defeated Ross in straight sets (25-21, 25-20, 25-19) in front of a great crowd,” coach Ruchelle Dunwoody said. “All the senior started the match after being honor beforehand.
“It was a total team effort, with support from the underclassmen.”
In the win over Ross, Jordan Chase finished with 7 kills on 11 attempts for a hitting efficiency of .636; a block and three digs. Baker finished with five digs, Smith had three digs and Gabriella Lindley had three kills and 15 digs.
Katlynn Woodruff had 30 assist; three digs, and two kills. Olivia Lauer had four kills, a service ace and eight digs. Junior Valerie Green contributed 11 kills on 25 swing for a .400 hitting efficiency.
“I started coaching this group in 8th grade and now they are 17 and will be graduating from high school. It will be a big loss but that’s how the cycle works. They will be will greatly missed.”
On Tuesday, the Lady Braves held Volley for the Cure night, defeating Northwest (25-14, 25-17, 25-11) in front of a packed house at Talawanda High School.
“We celebrated many individuals,” Dunwoody added . “The team partnered with FCCLA to bring awareness to breast cancer and raise money for Luna Cares in Oxford as well as the Susan G Komen cancer fund.
“In addition, it was also youth night and the Lady Braves recognized the players who participate on the 3/4, 5/6, 7th and 8th grade teams at Talawanda.”
Chase finished the night with four kills and two digs; Green had four service aces, ten kills, five digs and a block; Lindley had six kills, 12 digs and five service aces. Sophomore Mallory Elliott also contributed four service aces in the match.
The Lady Braves next opponent will be the winner of Kings/Milford in the OHSSA Volleyball Tournament on Thursday at Lakota East — game time is 7:30 p.m.
(Some information provided by the Southwest Ohio Conference website)