The Gahanna Lincoln High School boys volleyball team has been leaning on its defense through the season's first few weeks.
Leading the way has been senior libero Matthew Beehler, according to coach Mike Sage.
"With our lack of height this season, we've put a huge emphasis on ball control, and (Beehler) has stepped up to take control of our serve-receive and in leading our defense."
The Lions were 8-6 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Capital Division before playing Delaware on April 22.
Gahanna continues league play against visiting Olentangy on Thursday, April 24, and at Pickerington North on Tuesday, April 29.
According to Sage, senior setter Seth Murphy, senior middle hitter Stephen Arrey and junior outside hitter Nathan Matthews have been leading the offense.
Gahanna went 1-2 to place fifth in the home Buckeye Classic on April 13.
"We're getting better as the season has been progressing," Sage said. "We've had a good start with the lineup changes we've had, but we've played really good competition also.
"I would like to see us continue to play with the confidence that they can play with any team in the state."
Softball team bounces back from first loss
The softball team didn't let a 13-1 loss to Grove City on April 16 linger as it beat Lancaster 10-6 on April 17 in OCC-Ohio action.
The Lions and Grove City were tied at 1 after two innings before the Greyhounds scored four runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to end the game.
Brittany Oldaker hit a solo home run for Gahanna, which committed three errors.
Against Lancaster, the Lions got five runs in the fifth to pull away. Oldaker hit a three-run home run in the third and Rachel Zink added a two-run homer in the fifth.
Gahanna beat Albany Alexander 5-4 and Pleasant Hill Newton Local 9-1 on April 18 and defeated Ashland (Ky.) Blazer 14-0 and Russell (Ky.) 11-1 on April 19 in the Valley of Thunder tournament at Willow Wood Symmes Valley.
The Lions beat Pickerington North 13-7 on April 21 and were 10-1 overall and 5-1 in the league before playing Pickerington Central on April 23.
Boys lacrosse team gets first win
After losing its first four games, including 14-13 in overtime to Westerville North on April 11, the boys lacrosse team beat Marysville 8-5 on April 16 for its first victory.
The Lions, who lost to Pickerington Central 13-4 on April 18 and Hilliard Darby 16-3 on April 19 in a league game, fell to 1-7 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Ohio after losing to New Albany 14-0 on April 21.
Gahanna doesn't play another OCC-Ohio opponent until May 7 when it travels to Dublin Scioto.
Against Marysville, sophomore midfielders Jake Chobany and Jack Kunkle had four and three goals, respectively, and freshman attacker Jared Chobany had one. Junior goalkeeper Alex Myer made 19 saves.
Against Westerville North, Jake Chobany had seven goals and Myer made 18 saves.