Coach Mike O'Callaghan had a pretty good idea of what the Gahanna Lincoln High School boys tennis team's singles lineup was going to look like. The doubles lineup was more of a mystery.

Coach Mike O'Callaghan had a pretty good idea of what the Gahanna Lincoln High School boys tennis team's singles lineup was going to look like. The doubles lineup was more of a mystery.

After 5-0 wins over Westerville South on April 22 and Grove City on April 23, that portion began to come a little more in focus. Wes Hebert and Daniel Emoff have settled into first doubles, and Chris Sanker and Eric Maedeker have taken over at second doubles. Having that settled will make Gahanna stronger as the Lions gear up for the rest of their OCC-Ohio Division matches.

"We'll see how well they do in the next couple of matches, but we'll probably hold to this lineup," O'Callaghan said. "It's always harder to get the doubles situated. You're working in terms of trying to find four people who can work together."

"The hardest part is finding people whose styles complement each other," Maedeker said. "Doubles is all about trying to get a good chemistry together and working as a team."

Behind the strong singles lineup, Gahanna won five of its first seven. Stephen Cheng at second singles and Will Raybuck on the third court opened 7-1. Both won, as did Jesse Shivener at first singles, in a 3-2 decision over Pickerington Central on April 17, part of Gahanna's 3-0 start in league play.

The Lions faced Reynoldsburg last Tuesday and will visit Lancaster on Friday, play host to Pickerington North on Monday and visit Groveport on Tuesday to conclude OCC duals.

North returns five players from last year's team that finished 12-4 overall and was second in the OCC-Capital. It is led by seniors Matt Gordon and Ryan Gorring, who reached the Division I district tournament and lost in the first round for the second consecutive season.

The Lions finished second in the OCC-Ohio the past three years and have not won a league title since 1981.

"We're really starting to get it together," Maedeker said. "With the singles players we have this year, I think we have got one of our better shots to win it this year."

"We're going to be right in the thick of it," O'Callaghan said. "We have five returning players on the team and these guys know how close we've come the last three years."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for Gahanna Lincoln boys team:

April 15 -- Match vs. Thomas Worthington postponed. It was rescheduled for May 11

*April 16 -- Defeated Newark 5-0

*April 17 -- Def. Pickerington Central 3-2

April 22 -- Def. Westerville South 5-0

*April 23 -- Def. Grove City 5-0

Last Friday -- Lost to Worthington Kilbourne 4-1. Stephen Cheng won at second singles.

Last Monday -- Lost to Columbus Academy 5-0

*Last Tuesday -- Played Reynoldsburg

Last Wednesday -- Played Upper Arlington

Today -- At Dublin Scioto

*Friday -- At Lancaster

*Monday -- Home vs. Pickerington North

*Tuesday -- At Groveport

Wednesday -- Home vs. Bexley

May 7 -- Home vs. St. Charles

Of note: The Lions were 5-3 overall and 3-0 in OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Ohio match