Minford’s Akers, ND’s Kirby and Lansing win SOC tournaments


WEST PORTSMOUTH — The 2022 Southern Ohio Conference girls tennis tournaments took place at a different venue than Shawnee State’s Daehler Tennis Center — as the newly-constructed tennis courts at Portsmouth West High School hosted the event.

Minford senior Addy Akers earned Southern Ohio Conference Player of the Year honors by winning the singles tournament, which also guaranteed her a spot on the all-SOC first team.

Joining Akers on the singles first team was Notre Dame’s Katherine Nelson, who was the runner-up, Waverly’s Blossom Smith, and Notre Dame’s Savannah Holtgrewe.

The Lady Titans tennis team won the SOC championship for the first time in school history during the regular season, as ND coach Crystal Thomas was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Notre Dame’s doubles team of Charlee Lansing and Ella Kirby won the doubles tournament, and were joined by Minford’s Kailey Schaffer and Addi Lute (runner-up) on the SOC fist team.

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