For the first time in history, the girls volleyball team beat Olentangy and Liberty high school. These wins were not only huge for the volleyball program, but also for the school.
The team beat Olentangy on Sept. 15, winning 3-1. The team later went on to beat Liberty, for the first time, on Sept. 22, also 3-1.
“I think the atmosphere helped to lead us to our victories. It was cool to have a lot of supporters there for us,” Head Coach Katie Duy said.
After the victories against Olentangy and Liberty, the girls embraced the win. The wins were another milestone for the team.
“[We had] so much pride for the school and the accomplishment. It was great to do it for the seniors too,” junior Sidney Reeder said.
Boys cross country
Currently ranked fourth in the state and already having won two meets, the boys cross country team has had a promising start to its season. Its high state standing can be credited to the hundreds of miles the boys run, before and during the season, and the great unity that they have with one another.
“We emphasize at the beginning of the season how our team is everybody’s team,” one of the senior captains, Matthew Hartzell, said. “Every member has the responsibility to maintain a positive culture.”
Last year the team was ranked 10th overall in the region, placed third at districts and took home the title of OCC champions but the team has a whole new season ahead of them. With talented runners on the team and support for one another, Head Coach Adam Walters has high hopes for what the team can do this season.
“We are shooting to win our second OCC title in a row on Oct 15. Then we’d like to win district and regional titles and qualify for the State Championships,” Walters said.
The girls golf team took home an OCC , Sectional and District titles and has a standing conference record of 42-2 that is taking it to states on Oct. 21 and 22, it is the best of all of the teams in its conference. With very competitive players who challenge each other and the team, the coach has grand ambitions for this season.
“They are all quality student athletes with good sportsmanship, each bringing something different to the team. All of them work hard and push each other to get better,” four-year coach Cari DeAngelis said.
With a strong and supportive coach behind them, the players have not just improved their skills but also have grown closer to one another and show as much support as their coach.
“What I will miss most is all the relationships I have Sports built over the past four years while being a part of this wonderful 11 program,” senior and captain Brittany Miller said.
With a new coach and many new, young players, the girls tennis team has more to offer than just a winning record of 10-4. The tennis team shows a new bond that is better than before. The team leads the Ohio Capital Conference- Buckeye, with wins over Watterson and Hilliard Davidson.
The tennis team participates in weightlifting and conditioning in order to build more endurance. The team focuses on strategy in practice and runs drills to better improve their skills in games.
“I’m impressed with how hard the girls have worked to improve their game and their fitness, as well as making new members of the team feel welcomed,” Head Coach Susan Storrer said.
Along with conditioning and training, the girls have begun to feel more connected as a whole team.
“[The new coach] has brought us together as a team and has helped us with specific skills that will make our game even better,” senior Isabella Prislusky.
One doubles team, made up of Isabella Prislusky and Erin Storrer, moved to districts.