Avon has tied for the Southwestern Conference championship the past two seasons. This year the Eagles are playing like a team that’s no longer interested in sharing.
With three weeks left in the regular season, Avon (11-2, 10-0 SWC) has a two-game lead in the loss column over Olmsted Falls (13-2, 9-2) and Westlake (11-4, 8-2) and has lost a mere five sets in 13 matches this year — one in conference play. The Eagles had won 21 straight sets before dropping the opener at Amherst on Sept. 13.
The Eagles’ success is not surprising as they are consistently one of the top programs in Northeast Ohio. In the most recent OHSVCA poll released Sept. 24, Avon comes in at No. 16 and has been ranked as high as ninth in previous poll results. But it’s not enough for a team that’s been knocked out of the playoffs in a district final the past three seasons, each time by St. Joseph Academy.
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