Last week was a busy one for the Delaware Christian School girls volleyball team and coach Jackie Boggs is hoping the Eagles can maintain their focus as the second half of their schedule begins.

Last week was a busy one for the Delaware Christian School girls volleyball team and coach Jackie Boggs is hoping the Eagles can maintain their focus as the second half of their schedule begins.

Delaware Christian completed a six-day stretch of six matches last Thursday against Madison Christian.

"It's always a busy week the week of the Delaware County Fair, then we've got a full schedule of matches this week," Boggs said. "That's a pretty draining week right there."

In addition, the final match during that stretch came against the MOCAL leaders, who had beaten the Eagles 25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 25-12 to open the season Aug. 31.

The rematch didn't go the Eagles' way either, as they dropped a 25-19, 25-21, 17-25, 25-15 decision to Madison Christian.

"At times, we rely too heavily on our libero Sarah Harp," Boggs said. "We have some girls who are playing tentatively and expect Sarah to get to everything. We had to change what Sarah was doing tonight, and then we didn't have people stepping up to fill her spot."

The loss will make it difficult for the Eagles to make a run for the league title, as they fell to 3-3 in the MOCAL. Madison and Tree of Life both have one loss, according to Boggs.

"We had some focus issues tonight, with one player sick and two others who were tired from fair week because they are in 4-H," Boggs said. "We need to stayed focused from here on out."

The only other league team to beat Delaware Christian was Tree of Life, which won 22-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-5 on Sept. 16.

"That was a frustrating loss because we didn't play smart against them," Boggs said. "Tree of Life plays a brand of volleyball that, well, more or less is just get the ball over the net and play defense. I like to attack and that's the way we play. But they just sit back and wait for you to make mistakes and that's what we did that night.

"We won the first two games and then relaxed. Then Haley Kirby served nine points in a row in game four and we led 23-15 or something like that. But momentum changed and when it got close and we were tired, we panicked and didn't play smart. We need to do a better job of finishing things off."

That's something Boggs had seen before and something the Eagles will be working hard on in the second half of the season as they prepare for the Division IV district tournament.

The Eagles finished third in the Worthington Christian Invitational on Sept. 18, going 2-1. The loss was to Shekinah Christian 25-23, 20-25, 25-22.

"Shekinah has a great program, but that's a match I thought we could've won if we were more mentally tough in the end," Boggs said. "It's something we really need to work on and improve on the rest of the way."

Boggs likes the fact that four players have taken turns leading the team in hitting. They are Heidi Evans, the team's lone senior, Wendy Ferrigno, Liz Roden and Lenora Boyer.

"It's nice to have different people stepping up, and I expect Becca Hughes to be on the list shortly," Boggs said. "She began the season injured and has started slow after she returned, but she's getting there.

"Our setter Haley Kirby does a great job moving it around, but when one of them gets hot and is swinging well, Haley gets that one the ball. She's smart and very good.

"I'd say Kirby and our libero Sarah Harp have been solid all season. Sarah plays some hard-core defense and is very talented in the back row."


At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Delaware Christian School soccer and girls volleyball teams:

SOCCER

Sept. 10 - Lost to Mansfield Temple 5-3 Sept. 14 - Lost to Grandview 4-0 Sept. 18 - Defeated Granville Christian 2-1. Jackson Quist scored both goals as the Eagles led 2-0 at halftime. Luke McGrath made six saves. Last Monday - Def. Torah Academy 6-0. Andrew Meiser scored two goals. Also scoring were Jeremy Buchanan, Ryan Zinn, Michael Kapraly and Quist. McGrath made four saves. Last Thursday - Def. Liberty Christian East 4-1. Meiser scored twice. Buchanan and Brock Bishop also scored and Luke McGrath made five saves. Last Saturday - Played Wellington

Of note: The Eagles were 5-4 overall before last Saturday and are 0-1 in the MOCAL.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Sept. 14 - Def. Gilead Christian 25-9, 25-14, 25-10 *Sept. 16 - Lost to Tree of Life 22-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-5 Sept. 18 - Finished third in Worthington Christian Invitational. The Pacers went 2-1, beating Harvest Prep 25-9, 25-17 in the third-place match after beating Village Academy 25-10, 25-5 and losing to Shekinah Christian 25-23, 20-25, 25-22. Last Monday - Def. Torah Academy 25-13, 25-9, 25-8. Haley Kirby had eight aces. Kelly Miller, Wendy Ferrigno and Brenna McCullough all had four kills. McCullough also had four aces and Heidi Evans added three aces and two kills. Last Tuesday - Def. Granville Christian 25-15, 25-10, 25-20. Kirby had 22 assists, 11 digs and four aces. Ferrigno had eight kills and 18 digs, Harp added 16 digs and Hughes had six kills with 10 digs. *Last Thursday - Lost to Madison Christian 25-19, 25-21, 17-25, 25-15. Kirby had 28 assists and 20 digs and Harp had 21 digs. Hughes had eight kills and 12 digs. Lenora Boyer had eight kills and Evans added six kills. Monday - At Northside Christian *Tuesday - Home vs. Grove City Christian. Eagles won first meeting 25-16, 25-18, 25-15. *Thursday - At Gahanna Christian. Delaware Christian won first meeting 25-13, 25-11, 15-25, 25-23.

Of note: The Eagles are 8-4 overall and 3-3 in the MOCAL.

*MOCAL contest