• Two second year students are responsible for the New Albany Girls Tennis The team’s first performance in the Division I state tournament in five years.
Paige corneille and Richie Francois went 3-1 and finished second in the district, losing to Karol Korotkin and Tyler Reed from Olentangy Orange 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the doubles final on Oct. 16 at Hilliard Davidson. They qualified for the State on October 14 with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Lauren Burkett and Emily Yoshino of Dublin Coffman, erasing a 2-1 deficit in the second set to complete the sweep.
The duo spent little time together during the regular season, playing mostly solo.
“Whenever you have a doubles team you want to see the two players fill different roles. You don’t want them to step on each other. Richie is really big from the baseline and she has big volleys, but hers is a bigger flight, “said coach Marc Thomas.” Paige keeps the ball on a lower trajectory but her volleys are, in my opinion, some of the best in the state. His hands are really, really good. We are not yet playing our best tennis, but it took us a long time to qualify.
Cornelius, who also plays for the New Albany field hockey team, and Francois, who moved from Florida to New Albany before this school year, are the Eagles’ first qualifiers since Taylor Selby and Christina’s doubles team. Vitellas in 2016.
They will face North Canton Hoover’s Angelina Koinoglou and Isabelle Warburton in the first round on October 22 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
• Before losing to Watterson 25-10, 25-20, 25-17 in his regular season final on October 16, the Gahanna Lincoln Girls Volleyball the team had won 12 in a row.
Included in that streak was a 25-16, 25-20, 25-15 victory over New Albany on Oct. 14 that gave the Lions a share of the OCC-Ohio Championship with Westerville Central at 9-1.
It was Gahanna’s second league title in three seasons, but the first under second-year coach Ashanti Slone. Last season, the Lions and Central both finished with a league loss, but the Warhawks were declared champions because Gahanna only played six league games.
“The first two or three weeks of the season were against some really good teams, but we learned a lot from those games,” Slone said. “You can see the growth. It’s very exciting.”
Gahanna is 14-8 overall and the 14th seed for the Division I District Tournament, with her first playoff game on Oct. 20 at home against 18th seed Upper Arlington.
Second seed Olentangy Orange and 12th seed Dublin Jerome are the only top seeds in Gahanna’s range.
Seniors Alivia Dials (right hitter) and Kendall White (outside setter / slugger) and junior Audrey Cotner (outside hitter) were among the leaders offensively, with senior Mia Hill leading the defense after moving to a libero in the mid- season.
•The Westerville Central Women’s Volleyball The team enter the playoffs looking to build on the momentum to win a second straight OCC-Ohio title, as the Warhawks tied Gahanna for the first time at 9-1.
“The players continue to play together and leave him better than they found him,” said coach Shelley Ebright of the repeat as the league champion and the loss of Westerville North and Westerville South .
Central is the 10th seed for the Division I district tournament and welcomes 23rd seed Thomas Worthington in the second round on October 20. The winner will face 13th seed DeSales or 35th seed Westland in the semifinals on October 26.
The Warhawks, who are 17-5 overall, had a pass in the first round.
•Pickerington Central Women’s Volleyball Coach Jeannie Krueger is well aware that her squad are in what, at least on paper, appears to be the most competitive category in the Division I district tournament.
Hitting the reset button and taking a first-round pass was important to Krueger and his coaching staff after a regular season marked by Team OCC-Buckeye’s second straight championship. The Tigers, who are 17-5, are seeded ninth and will visit fifth-seeded Olentangy Berlin or host 44th-seeded Canal Winchester in the second round on October 21.
“We wanted to play a tougher opponent. … We thought it would be more advantageous than playing against a lower ranked team, ”said Krueger. “We had to ask ourselves if we wanted a test from the start. We beat Berlin once. We think we are comparable to all of these teams. Our road will not be easy, but we think this is our best chance to get to a district final and win.
Central’s group also includes sixth-seeded Dublin Scioto, seventh-seeded Olentangy, and eighth-seeded Dublin Coffman.
The Tigers won the league with a 25-12, 25-18, 25-10 victory at Groveport on October 13, their third championship in four years. Central is 10-0 in OCC-Buckeye and 31-9 in the league since the start of the 2018 season.
•The Delaware Hayes Girls Volleyball team opened the Division I district tournament with a straight set victory over New Albany on October 18.
The 17th seeded Pacers have five wins in their last six games after a 25-11, 25-16, 25-23 victory over the Eagles in the first round. They will host Hilliard Darby, 32nd seed, on October 20.
Bailey Christiansen had eight assists and five aces, Natalie Hohman had seven digs and four aces, Natalie Davis had nine assists, Rylea Gist had 26 assists and Madison Desmond had 11 assists to lead Delaware against New Albany.
The late season roll took Delaware’s record to 14-9. The only loss in the streak came against OCC-Capital foe Big Walnut in four sets on October 18 to close out the regular season. The Pacers went 8-6 in the league to tie Worthington Kilbourne for third behind the Golden Eagles and Dublin Scioto, who shared the league title at 13-1.
•The Upper Arlington Field Hockey The team won their first COFHL-West Championship since dividing the league into divisions in 2013 when the Golden Bears defeated Thomas Worthington 1-0 in overtime on October 13.
Ohio State engagement Emily Barker scored her team-leading 17th goal of the season on a Clara Reynolds corner to break the Cardinals’ six-year streak with the COFHL-West titles. According to coach Sara Greaves, research indicated that the Bears had not won a league championship until this season.
UA is 12-3-1 overall, 8-0 in the league and is ranked fifth in the district tournament. The Bears will host ninth seed Worthington Kilbourne in a second round game on October 20.
• Chloe Brecht scored two goals to help the Olentangy Liberty football girls the team defeated the previously undefeated Olentangy 2-0 on October 16.
Brecht has 12 goals and nine assists to lead the Patriots, who finished the regular season 12-1-2. Liberty is 5-0-1 in its last six games, including a draw against Olentangy Orange on October 12 who won the OCC-Central Division title – his first league championship since 2015.
Jaimason Brooker has 10 goals and 12 assists for the Patriots.
Teigan Casey collected an assist on one of Brecht’s goals against Olentangy, who finished the regular season at 14-1-2, including a 5-0 record in the OCC-Cardinal game.
•The Cross country between girls to sharpen The team enters Division I, District 2 meeting on October 23 at Hilliard Darby after their second consecutive City League championship.
Junior Anouk Moritz, who won City’s title in 19 minutes, 40.2 seconds on October 13 at home, was not one of the team’s playoff contenders last season when she battled injuries.
“My goal is to do it regional,” said Moritz. “My goal (for the City competition) was to (run 20 minutes) or a little less, but I wasn’t expecting that. I am still processing it.
Whetstone scored 19 points in City’s competition to finish ahead of Eastmoor Academy (52), Centennial (64) and Northland. Ariel Youngblood of Eastmoor was second (23: 37.1) and Ava Feller of the Braves (23: 42.6), Ana Kain (24: 39.3), Emi Norris (24: 57.7) and Lily Crider (25: 46.3) took second place. four points
•The Bexley cross country girls The team won their fifth straight MSL-Ohio Championship on October 16 at Whitehall.
The Lions were led by league runner-up Claire MacDonald (20: 20.9), who finished behind Maddie Palmisciano of Grandview (20: 10.2). Bexley scored 39 points to finish ahead of second Columbus Academy (58).
Addison Helon (3rd, 20: 46.5), Rylee Barno (7th, 22: 00.8), Elise Garrett (12th, 22: 35.0) and Emily Gunther (14th, 22: 41.1) also scored for the Lions.
Bexley competes in Division II, District 2, meets October 23 at Hilliard Darby. The top three teams and top 12 people qualify for the region on October 30 at Pickerington North.
• Riley Tate of the The girls of Worthington Kilbourne cross country The team ran 18: 56.81 to win the OCC-Capital match on October 16 at Canal Winchester ahead of 65 other runners.
Toby Bomser (19: 57.57) was eighth and Libby Alderman (20: 42.46) was 17th for the Wolves, who were second (86) out of seven teams behind Big Walnut (57).
•The Upper Arlington Girls’ Water Polo team won the first seed for this weekend’s Northern Region tournament in their local pool.
Thomas Worthington is ranked third and Worthington Kilbourne fourth. UA is aiming for its seventh statehood in nine years and its 19th overall.
The tournament concludes on October 23, with the third-place game scheduled for 7 p.m. and the final at 8:15 p.m.
The top two teams will qualify on October 29 and 30 at Cincinnati Princeton.