Columbus Academy girls tennis coach Jeff Warstler was pleased with the results of the Vikings' rebuilding season.

Columbus Academy girls tennis coach Jeff Warstler was pleased with the results of the Vikings' rebuilding season.

The duo of Neha Patel and Parul Reddy finished second in the Division II district tournament to become the Vikings first state qualifiers since 2008. They lost to Port Clinton's Chelsea Beck and Aubrey Gillman 6-3, 6-4 in the first round last Friday.

"It was a tough first match," Patel said. "This was the first time we've been to states. We were just pushing our hardest. We wanted to play points the way we knew how. We fell behind in the beginning, but we kind of picked up at the net and put away volleys (in the second set).

"This year, people didn't think we would get very far. We got farther than most people thought we would. We almost made it to states as a team. We had a great time as a team and bonded really well."

The Vikings lost to Hilliard Bradley 3-0 in a district final of the OTCA tournament Oct. 19.

"You got to give a lot of credit to Bradley," Warstler said. "They outplayed us plain and simple. They were the better team, but I thought our kids did everything they could in terms of preparation and going out and executing. It just came down to they were a little bit better than us."

Lauren Thai defeated Reddy 6-0, 6-0, Ashley Thai defeated Patel 6-4, 6-2, and Jill Runser defeated freshman Meghana Vallabhaneni 6-3, 6-1.

Reddy and Patel also lost to the Thai cousins 6-0, 6-1 in the district final. The Thais went on to capture the state championship.

The Vikings, who finished 9-11 overall, did capture a championship, winning the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio Division title. They finished with 41 points to edge Bexley (38) on Oct. 16.

"In a season where we weren't the powerhouse that we have been the last few years, to have the ability to get that league trophy should mean a lot to these kids," Warstler said. "And I think it does, I think that to be able to say, 'Hey, maybe we were down a bit this year' and still get that league trophy. I think that is huge."

The Vikings will lose seniors Patel, Reddy, Esther Jung, Julia Souba and Sarah Cohen. Patel and Reddy were first-team all-MSL.

Among those expected to return are sophomores Annie Lavin, Deepa Manda and freshmen Hannah Wexner and Meghana Vallabhaneni.

Warstler also expects contributions from those who played on the junior varsity team.

"We've got some kids on the j.v. that are very close to being as good as those four are, I tend to think that from a depth standpoint we'll be OK," he said.

"I think we're still in a bit of a rebuilding mode next year, but I think we are getting better. With any bit of good fortune maybe we'll get the same result. We want to win a league championship, we want to get to the final four, we want to get someone to the individual state. The goals will remain the same regardless if you're rebuilding or you're on top. We're going to play as if we're going to be the best."

•The boys soccer team defeated Delaware Christian 6-0 last Saturday in the second round of the Division III district tournament.

"I thought we had a slow start, but once we got into the game we were finding people's feet and trying to connect," coach Ron Leach said. "We did a good job and continued to play stronger as the game went on."

Freshman striker Jack Lint and junior midfielder Matt Tamarkin both scored two goals, and Thomas Nolan made two saves.

"They were both exciting," Leach said. "Jack has just been getting better and better every game and just had an exceptional night. Matt Tamarkin is a hard worker. He knows when the ball is coming across, and he knows what he needs to do so he executed very well.

The Vikings were 9-4-4 overall before playing Grandview last Wednesday in a district semifinal. The winner plays in a district final at 5 p.m. Saturday at DeSales against either West Jefferson or Bloom-Carroll. Academy has not played either potential district final opponent this season.

The district champion advanced to a regional semifinal Tuesday against Worthington Christian, Tree of Life, Wellington or Horizon Science Academy.

•The girls volleyball season ended Oct. 21 with a 25-4, 25-9, 25-13 loss to Ready in the first round of the Division III district tournament.

The Vikings finished the season 0-22 overall and 0-14 in MSL-Cardinal/Ohio play.

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Columbus Academy cross country, field hockey, football and girls soccer teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Saturday — Boys: Finished 10th (255) at 21-team Division III district meet behind first-place Liberty Union. Senior Jon Michael Hilsheimer finished second overall in 16 minutes, 17.04 seconds behind Fredericktown's Isaac Potts (15:52.26) to advance; Girls: Finished sixth (130) in eight-team Division III district 1 meet behind first-place Northmor (43). Freshman Susan Peck finished 10th (20:23:13) to advance to the regional.

Saturday — Division III regional at Pickerington North. Those individuals not on a qualifying team who finish in the top 16 advance to state Nov. 6 at Scioto Downs.

FIELD HOCKEY

Oct. 16 — Def. Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy 3-0

Oct. 19 — Def. Worthington Kilbourne 12-0

Last Wednesday — Played Olentangy in district semifinal. Winner plays Bexley or Upper Arlington in a district final Saturday at Dublin Scioto.

Of note: The Vikings were 17-0 overall before last Wednesday.

FOOTBALL

*Last Friday — Lost to Licking Valley 35-13. Preston Pearson rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and R.J. Watters had seven receptions for 85 yards.

*Friday — Home vs. Whitehall. The Vikings won 47-23 last season.

Of note: The Vikings are 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the MSL-Ohio.

GIRLS SOCCER

*Oct. 14 — Def. Grandview 6-2

Oct. 20 — Def. Johnstown 9-0 in the second round of the Division II district tournament.

Last Saturday — Def. Wellington 4-1 in third round.

Last Wednesday — Played Fisher Catholic in district semifinal. Winner plays in district final Saturday against either Bexley or Jonathan Alder. Winner plays in a regional semifinal Wednesday at Fairborn.

Of note: The Eagles were 16-1-2 overall before last Wednesday and finished 7-1 in MSL-Cardinal/Ohio.

*MSL-Ohio contest and MSL-Cardinal/Ohio contest