Lakota East captured its first-ever Greater Miami Conference tennis championship this weekend when it finished with 45 points in the 2010 GMC Girls’ Tennis Tournament at Mason High School. Sycamore finished in second with 44 points.
The Thunderhawks finished first in No. 2 singles (sophomore Taylor Holden) and in No. 2 doubles (junior Sofey Fugate and sophomore Leeah Floyd). Meanwhile, No. 1 singles player, senior Carolyn Pitman, finished as the runner-up and No. 1 doubles duo, senior Samar Sheriff and senior Taylor Stephens, finished in third place.
“Each team member has contributed during the season and during the tournament. I couldn’t be more proud of all the girls and it makes it even more special with five seniors on the team,” Lakota East head coach Karen Barnes said.
Barnes, who received the GMC Coach of the Year honor, helped guide the Thunderhawks to a 16-1 overall record and a perfect 9-0 record within the GMC this season.
Pitman was awarded the GMC Athlete of the Year. Her teammates, Holden, Fugate and Floyd were named First Team All-GMC.
“Since August we’ve felt the GMC championship was in reach and everyone has worked hard individually and as a team to make it happen,” Barnes said.
Lakota East will play in the Division I Sectional Tennis Tournament at Mason High School this week (Oct. 6-7, 9). The Thunderhawks top singles players, Pitman and Holden, will team up as a doubles pair in the sectionals. Pitman/Holden, who as a duo finished as the state runner-up in 2009, come into the tournament as the No. 1 seed.
2010 GMC Girls’ Tennis Tournament
1.) Lakota East – 45
2.) Sycamore – 44
3.) Mason – 42
4.) Lakota West – 39
5.) Princeton – 27
6.) Oak Hills – 26
7.) Fairfield – 16
8.) Hamilton – 14
9.) Middletown – 13
10.) Colerain – 10