Youthful Jerome squad hungry to make strides
The Dublin Jerome High School girls volleyball team entered the week still searching for its first victory, but coach Katherine Fogg is encouraged by what she has seen from her young and less-experienced players.
The Celtics, who have only one senior on their roster, were 0-14 overall and 0-8 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Hilliard Darby on Sept. 24.
Last week, Jerome lost league matches against Westerville Central (25-11, 25-13, 25-21 on Sept. 17) and Hilliard Bradley (25-11, 25-12, 25-14 on Sept. 19).
"Overall, we are hanging in there," Fogg said. "Not having any victories thus far is hard to take as a team, but the girls show up and continue to make strides every game. We have only one senior, so this year is about gaining varsity experience and making the growth as a team leading into the future. The younger girls are hungry and eating up the exposure to the varsity levels."
According to Fogg, among the leaders for the Celtics in the first half of the season were defensive specialist Sarah Ferguson, opposite hitter and setter Emma Hallowell, outside hitter Sophie Mercker and libero Kyra Wisniewski.
"Sophie Mercker is our go-to player in the front row," Fogg said. "The team counts on her to put the ball away and she holds herself to doing that for this team. Emma Hallowell is our only senior and her leadership and dedication is holding strong. She is one of our setters and keeps the focus the floor."
Irish getting ready for home tourney
Scioto will play host to an eight-team tournament on Saturday, Sept. 28.
The other teams expected to compete in the event are Amanda-Clearcreek, Athens, Chillicothe, Pickerington Central, Sparta Highland, Teays Valley and Thomas Worthington.
"Every team will play three matches," coach Jackie Helm said. "It should be a competitive tournament."
Scioto was 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Westerville North on Sept. 24.
The Irish split two OCC-Cardinal matches last week, beating Canal Winchester 25-18, 25-16, 25-22 on Sept. 17 and losing to Westerville Central 13-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-15 on Sept. 19.
Among Scioto's top performances thus far was a 25-17, 25-22, 17-25, 16-25, 15-12 win over Bradley on Sept. 12.
"Our biggest win was a five-set thriller at Hilliard Bradley when they were ranked fifth in the state (in Division I)," Helm said. "We are playing pretty well right now behind senior outside hitter Satsuki Kubi and senior middle hitter McKenzie Schuster. They lead our team in kills and digs."
Shamrocks eyeing 7th straight OCC title
Coffman won two OCC-Central matches last week to continue its march toward a seventh consecutive league title.
The Shamrocks were 11-4 overall and 8-0 in the OCC-Central before playing Marysville on Sept. 24.
Coffman defeated Hilliard Davidson 25-16, 25-11, 26-24 in a key league match Sept. 19. The win gave the Shamrocks a two-match lead over the Wildcats in the league standings.
"Last night's (match) against Hilliard Davidson (was) probably the greatest (match) of the year for us in so many ways," assistant coach Monika Sabol said. "After going five (games) with them (in a 25-27, 25-23, 25-17, 17-25, 15-8 win Aug. 27), we came out fighting. We came out with a purpose. We came out ready for the next level. Our serving was on. Our systems were intact and our team spirit was high. We took them in three and fought hard the third game to come back for the win."