Williamsburg and Milford lead local teams into the sectional tournament

By Chris Chaney
Sun staff

Already a weekend into the girls’ volleyball sectional tournament, a handful of Clermont County teams have already seen their seasons come to an end.

Bethel-Tate, Goshen, New Richmond and Clermont Northeastern all finished their seasons before the week of Oct. 14, meaning that just six local teams stand a chance to extend their season past this week.

All six of those teams will have played at least one game by the time this paper is sent out and more than likely, some of them will have seen their seasons end similarly.

Of those six — Batavia, Felicity, Amelia, Milford, Williamsburg and Glen Este — Williamsburg and Milford have the best statistical chance at advancing.

The Lady Wildcats are coming off of an impressive regular season that saw them go 16-4 overall and 8-2 in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division en route to yet another league championship.

The Wildcats have earned a No. 1 seed in the Division III sectional and played Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy on Tuesday night.

“We were very excited that we won the league,” first-year head coach Kim McCarty said. “As a No. 1 seed, it’s one of those things where it can be a good thing or a bad thing. I picked the bracket that we’re in and I think it’s a heavy bracket with the one, two, four and five seeds all in the one bracket. I think if the girls come in with our ‘A’ game, then it’s something we can pull off.”

As for Milford, the Lady Eagles finished 7-5 in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference and 15-7 overall under coach Lauren Cooper.

The Lady Eagles were a relatively young team coming into the season, but Cooper has done a good job of finding a good mix of personality to put on the court.

Their stellar regular season garnered Milford a 12 seed, which Cooper says is a testament to the strength of their league.

“I thought the season overall went really well,” she said. “We focused on becoming a solid team this year and I think we did a really nice job of that.”

Milford drew No. 20-seeded Fairfield in the first round on Tuesday night. The matchup was one that Coach Cooper said was as good as they could have hoped for considering the depth of talent in the sectional.

“My goal was to get a 12 seed and that’s what we got,” she said. “I was really pleased with getting that seed. I thought we would get anywhere between 12 and 14, so the fact that we got the 12 just shows that there’s a lot of respect for our team and the other teams in our league as well.”

Of the other teams in the sectionals, Batavia defeated Bethel-Tate in the first round but faced a tough test in No. 2-seeded Wyoming in the second round. Felicity received a hard-earned 3 seed and will play No. 8-seeded East Clinton on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Amelia got a tough draw facing No. 7-seeded Mercy in the first round on Tuesday and the road wouldn’t get easier if they were to upset the Bobcats as St. Ursula awaits the first-round winner.

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