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ECC Championship Ahead For Boys Tennis

Posted on: April 30, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE:  The ECC Championships highlight the week ahead for the MHS boys tennis team.  As the regular season winds down, Milford will meet up with Mariemont and Moeller as well for two nonconference matches. 


A LOOK BACK:  Milford entered the match with Loveland on a win streak, with the previous week ending with three straight ECC victories. However, the streak came to an end as the Eagles fell to the Tigers, 2-3.  Holden Owens won at first singles over Loveland’s Harris, 6-0, 6-4, while J Kendall Morehouse and Mark Ostrander defeated Smith/Greenberg 6-3, 6-0 at second doubles.   Ben Mason, who had been on a win streak of his own, fell 2-6, 3-6 to Richmond.  Despite falling behind 4-6 in the first set, Reed Spencer fought back to a 6-2 win in set two before falling 0-6 in the third to Ditchen at third singles.  Jared Gibson/Jack Eppers fell to Loveland’s Hogan/Huether 3-6, 3-6

Milford traveled to #5 Lakota East for a nonconference match, where the Eagles fell to the Thunderhawks.  Morehouse and Ostrander collected their fourth straight win at second doubles, defeating Cho/Cho 6-2, 6-1 for the lone Eagle victory.   Mason, playing first singles, fell to Holden of Lakota 1-6, 0-6, while Spencer lost to Sacha 0-6, 2-6 at second singles.  Freshman Will Kroeger made his varsity debut, falling at third singles 0-6, 0-6 to Hoke.  Gibson/Eppers battled with Spaulding/Hall at first doubles, but fell 3-6, 3-6.

GCTCA – The weather was a challenge as the Eagles competed at the annual tournament of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association.  Delays and postponements forced the schedule to be revised; check back for updates and results.


A LOOK AHEAD:  Milford’s tournament play continues, with the ECC Championships in the week ahead.  With the regular season winding down, the Eagles will also face the Mariemont Warriors, and end the week hosting the #6 Moeller Crusaders.

  • Monday, 5/1:               Milford @ Mariemont High School, 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 5/2:               Milford @ ECC Championship, Lunken Playfield Tennis Facility, 9:00 am
  • Thursday, 5/4:             Moeller High School @ Milford, 4:00 pm


INSIDE THE ECC: Milford stands at 7-5 overall, and 3-3 in ECC play.  Turpin leads the league at 6-0, followed by Loveland at 4-2.  Anderson and Walnut Hills are tied, both 3-2.  Kings ended the week at 1-5, followed by Glen Este at 0-6.

Holden Owens is 8-3 overall, 3-3 in the ECC at first singles, while teammate Ben Mason is 3-3 in ECC and 7-4 overall at second singles.  Playing third singles, Reed Spencer is now 3-1.   First doubles duo Jack Eppers/Jared Gibson fell to 4-6 overall and 1-5, while the successful pairing of J Kendall Morehouse/Mark Ostrander is now 4-0 overall and unbeaten in the ECC at 3-0.   


POLL WATCH:  The final poll of the area coaches’ poll has been released, and Mason, Sycamore, St. Xavier, the ECC’s Turpin and Moeller will end the year in the top five.  Lakota East and Loveland finish the season tied for sixth, followed by Walnut Hills, Anderson and Fairfield.  Though Milford fell out of the top ten, the team is the only other ECC program to receive votes (6) in the final poll.