The girls volleyball team is hoping to build on last season.
The girls volleyball team is hoping to build on last season, in which it finished 15-7 overall and went 9-3 in the MOCAL to place second, behind Delaware Christian (12-0) and ahead of Tree Of Life (6-6), Fairfield Christian (6-6), Madison Christian (5-7), Grove City Christian (4-8) and Granville Christian (0-12).
Gahanna Christian defeated Morral Ridgedale 20-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-15 in the second round of the Division IV district tournament last season before losing to Newark Catholic 25-16, 25-18, 25-16 in a district semifinal. The Eagles had a first-round bye.
Gahanna Christian, which defeated Gilead Christian 25-10, 20-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-2 in its opener Aug. 25 and began league play Aug. 28 against Delaware Christian, is expected to be led by senior outside hitter Christina Grubich. Last season, Grubich was first-team all-league and all-district.
Also back is junior outside hitter Cierra Jackson, who was honorable mention all-league and all-district last fall.
"Christina and Cierra are both on the outside, so we have good, strong hitting this year," second-year coach Nate Kirk said. "We have good hitters in the middle and right side, too, so I anticipate a pretty good year."
Other returnees are seniors Hope Leimbach (middle hitter) and Alex Sutton (middle hitter) and sophomore Jenna Kirk (setter/libero). Sutton was honorable mention all-league last season.
Rounding out the team are seniors Brittney Carroll (setter) and Chelsea Lewis (defensive specialist) and sophomore Melissa Sutton (outside hitter).
"Delaware Christian lost a lot of seniors, so they're down," coach Kirk said. "I'm anticipating a great shot at winning MOCAL this year. Our goal is to win the MOCAL, and we want to make it to the finals of the district."Boys golf program begins first season
For the first time, Gahanna Christian has a boys golf program.
The Eagles will play as a club team this fall and will not be eligible for the OHSAA postseason.
"My son and a couple other kids expressed some interest, so I worked with the board and the athletic department and got a team started this year," coach Tim Haugen said. "Not knowing how many kids we'd have and how competitive they'd be, we're starting as a club sport and focusing more on building the skills."
Gahanna Christian's first match will be against Grove City Christian on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Oakhurst. Haugen is trying to schedule other matches but said that the Eagles likely will play mostly intra-squad matches as well as matches against members of the school's faculty.
The team is comprised of six experienced players in seniors Caleb McLaughlin and Garrett Miller, juniors Caleb Haugen, David Herman and Logan Keseg and sophomore Alec Schlesselman, who also is on the boys soccer team.
Also on the team are juniors Victoria Ascencio, Bethany Storts and Destiny White and sophomore Alex Grubich. All four girls are newcomers to the sport.
"It's exciting to see it get started," coach Haugen said. "There are more skilled players than I had expected."