Linda Myers has made the transition from instructor to coach of the St. Charles Preparatory School tennis team.
Myers is in her sixth season, but now she has the talent in her lineup to move away from teaching fundamentals to making fine-tuning coaching decisions.
"When you have young kids, a lot of times you spend time teaching strokes, but this is different because we're working on strategy and tweaking things a little," said Myers, whose team is 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the CCL. "These guys know how to hit the forehand, they know how to volley ... now we're working on the little stuff. I have been coaching instead of teaching."
The Cardinals won the eight-team Hilliard Davidson Doubles Classic on April 12 with 32 points, ahead of runner-up Cincinnati Seven Hills (26). Myers said playing doubles also can help players on the singles courts.
"If you have good doubles skills, you can be a better singles player," she said.
"To play doubles you need a quick reaction and a good first serve. Even if you are a great singles player, it doesn't always translate to doubles."
The Cardinals suffered their first dual loss of the season April 16, falling to Upper Arlington 5-0. Evan Yakubov lost 6-4, 7-5 at first singles, Sam Sullivan lost 6-1, 6-1 at second singles and Vinh Thai lost 6-3, 6-0 in third singles.
Will Niermeyer and Connor Yakubov lost 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles and David Kellogg and Conner Mentel lost 6-1, 6-1 at second doubles.
Baseball team aims to regain its focus
The baseball team was 8-3 overall before playing four games April 21-23 at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
"We set the goal while we're down (in South Carolina) of getting refocused for the second half of the season and to get ready for the (Division I district) tournament," said coach Ray Benjamin, whose team is 3-1 in the CCL. "We have been winning games, but I wouldn't say we have been playing well."
The Cardinals won seven consecutive games before losing the second game of a doubleheader to Worthington Kilbourne 6-4 on April 12.
Andrew Fenlon doubled, singled and drove in a run as the Cardinals defeated CCL-foe Ready 8-1 on April 14. Trey Willard threw a six-hitter with two strikeouts and no walks, and had a triple with three RBI. Matt Martin added an RBI single.
Hartley handed St. Charles its first league loss in a 7-6 decision April 16. Nick Pappa had three singles and an RBI, and Ryan Bailey and Jacob Moehrman both doubled. Matt Cooke and Charlie Kolp both had RBI singles.
"We were sloppy in both games," Benjamin said. "We were sloppy in both games against Kilbourne as well. We need to work on cleaning things up a bit."
Volleyball team looks for complete match
The volleyball team was 3-14 overall before playing UA on April 23.
"We already have faced nine of the top 10 Division II teams in the state, according to (last) week's state poll, so we have played a very tough schedule," coach Ned Gruber said. "We are a little beaten down, but I really think that we are close to being a good team. We just need to put together a complete match to show ourselves that we can do it."
The Cardinals finished 0-4 in the CCL behind co-champions DeSales and Watterson at 3-1. They lost to DeSales 15-25, 25-18, 25-27, 25-17, 15-4 on April 4 and 25-19, 25-21, 25-22 on April 15. Watterson defeated St. Charles 25-15, 25-23, 25-20 on March 25 and 25-20, 20-25, 32-30, 22-25, 15-10 on April 8.
On April 16, Pickerington North defeated the Cardinals 25-19, 25-15, 25-10.
"Kevin Summers has stepped into the role of libero very well and is now the anchor of our passing unit," Gruber said. "Marc Sullivan suffered a thumb injury and had to miss the matches against DeSales and Pickerington North and is expected to return in about three weeks.
"Sophomore Michael Lanese stepped into Marc's position at outside hitter and had a solid performance against DeSales. I am excited to see (Lanese) develop the rest of this season and into next year."
Track team wins Bexley Relays
The track and field team scored 86.5 points to win the 10-team Bexley Relays on April 11 ahead of runner-up Eastmoor Academy (83).
The Cardinals won the 6,400-meter relay in 19 minutes, 35.8 seconds with Kevin Hennessey, Nick Marino, Chris Mitchell and Brendan Harty. The sprint-medley relay of John Quinn, Najeem Babatunde, Casey Culhane and Justin Law won in 1:36.9 and the 800 relay of Quentin Francis, Law, Culhane and Emmit Bryan won in 1:31.6.
The 1,600 relay of Francis, Greg Suh, Bryan and Mitchell was second in 3:32.2.
Lacrosse team heads to Michigan
The lacrosse team was 6-2 before beginning a spring-break trip to Michigan against Okemos (Mich.) on April 23.
The Cardinals defeated Dublin Coffman 9-4 on April 14 as Ryan Cleary scored three goals and Nick Carter and Alex Shuster both had two. John Browne and Mitch Spaulding had one goal apiece and Nic Carducci had seven saves.