The Columbus Academy boys tennis team qualified everyone to the Division II state tournament Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

The Columbus Academy boys tennis team qualified everyone to the Division II state tournament Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

"It's been better than what we expected," coach Jeff Warstler said.

Of course, Academy's expectations are different than most teams. John Hendrix, for example, was unseeded in singles at the home sectional May 15-16 but has a second seed for state. At the district tournament last Friday and Saturday, he lost the final to Wellington's Ian Wagner 6-0, 6-1. In the third-place match, Chad Buchanan defeated Nate Chan 6-2, 6-1.

In the doubles final, Andrew Enslen and Joey Frank beat Austin Griffin and Eoghan Bahnson 6-4, 6-2 for the second consecutive week.

"Our team is coming into form," Hendrix said.

"We have a swagger about us," Griffin said. "We've learned to cope with pressure and define those moments instead of letting those moments define us."

Hendrix's goal was to reach the state tournament despite being unseeded at the sectional.

"John has all the shots, he's slick," Warstler said. "He can hit any shot from any angle. When you're playing him, all of a sudden he turns the angle on some balls and the next thing you know you're down 5-2 and you're like, 'What happened?'"

Hendrix is making his first appearance at state. Mentally, he has made improvements.

"Last year when I got down I would lose my mind," he said. "This year I'm staying focused. I came in unseeded, but my goal was to get to state. I don't expect to win, of course, I'd like to win two rounds depending on how good my draw is and work from there."

Hendrix is playing singles because last year's state-qualifying doubles team of Frank and Griffin decided to stay with their regular season partners.

"Right at this moment, Austin and Eoghan might be one of the best five or six doubles team in the state," Warstler said. "That's my natural first doubles. Joey and Andrew may be one of the top two or three. Take one away, the other might be the favorite."

Griffin and Bahnson are undefeated aside from their two matches against Enslen and Frank the last two weeks.

"As a whole, we're a strong team and we can play with anybody we need to," Griffin said. "Quite frankly, even though I'm not playing with Joey I'm confident I can get to the same point with Eoghan.

"Our morale is high. Everyone managed to stay healthy and we're confident. It's paying off."

Academy also is focused on repeating as OTCA Division II state champion. It beat Chillicothe 5-0 on May 20 and Bexley 4-1 on May 21 at the district level and will play at state Sunday at Ohio State. Academy will play Hunting Valley University School in the first semifinal. The other two semifinalists have yet to be determined.

"I guarantee if they could, they would skip Friday and Saturday and play Sunday," Warstler said. "It's nice they have that backup. Now they don't feel that pressure that if they lose Friday or Saturday, their season is done. They know they will be one of the last teams playing Sunday. It's a real focused group."

•The girls lacrosse team reached the Division II state tournament for the first time in three years. Academy will play Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown on Friday at Mason. The winner will play in the final Saturday against Chagrin Falls or New Albany.

"This team has taken all season long to find its identity and get in a groove," coach Anne Horton said. "The kids have won a lot of games by just showing what we call true grit. When things haven't been going well, they haven't given up and continued to fight. They've shown tremendous amounts of character and I couldn't be more proud of them."

Academy improved to 12-4 with a 12-11 win over Cincinnati Mariemont in a regional final May 21. The Vikings trailed 7-4 at halftime and by four goals twice in the second half. Ali Dillon scored four goals and Mia Wise had three.

"I told them at halftime that we turned the ball over too much," Horton said. "We weren't playing with enough consistency of play and they were breaking our rhythm. We had to find a way to shot a little more heart."

Goalie Alannah Linkhorn had 12 saves.

"She saved the day," Horton said. "There was a lot of one-on-one and she made save after save. She made the difference in the last three minutes."

Hathaway Brown defeated Gates Mills Hawken 17-7 on May 21 to improve to 14-4. Last season, Hathaway Brown lost in a regional final and in 2007 the Blazers lost to Upper Arlington 17-4 in a state semifinal.

Hathaway Brown has five seniors on its 19-player roster and is led by sophomore goalie Mary Beth Musser.

Academy lost to New Albany 14-10 on May 5. Since then, the Vikings have won seven in a row. New Albany improved to 19-2 with an 18-3 win over Cincinnati Seton on May 21.

Chagrin Falls improved to 12-3 with a 24-9 win over Shaker Heights Laurel on May 21. Last season, Chagrin Falls lost in a semifinal to Cincinnati Sycamore 7-6.

•The boys track and field team finished seventh (66) behind champion Fredericktown (97.5) in the Division III district 2 meet last Saturday at Gahanna. The top four in each event advanced to the regional today and Saturday at Fairfield Union, with the top four there advancing to state June 5-6 at Ohio State.

Regional qualifiers for Academy were Jon Michael Hilsheimer in the 1,600 meters (third, 4 minutes, 36.19 seconds), Max Hoster in the 400 (third, 52.68), Gebby Keny in the 400 (second, 50.71), Kevin Parrish in the high jump (first, 6 feet, 2 inches), Clay Hoster, Mitchell Slutsky, Hilsheimer and Travis Rooke in the 1,600 relay (second, 3:31.16) and Hilsheimer, Hoster, Nathaniel Sutton and Keny in the 3,200 relay (second, 8:29.34).

The girls team finished sixth (37) behind champion Grandview (126) in the Division III district 1 meet. Regional qualifiers were Margaret Coons in the 1,600 (third, 5:30.3), Alisha Ho in the 1,600 (fourth, 5:34.17) and 3,200 (third, 12:38.16), Michelle Knopp in the 800 (second, 2:22.93) and Coons, Nicole Humphrey, Ho, Knopp in the 3,200 relay (second, 10:03.0).