On April 15, the Grove City High School boys tennis team traveled to Westerville Central for a mid-week, non-conference match. The Greyhounds were 7-0, but if they wanted to extend their winning streak to eight matches they expected it would be a close contest.

On April 15, the Grove City High School boys tennis team traveled to Westerville Central for a mid-week, non-conference match. The Greyhounds were 7-0, but if they wanted to extend their winning streak to eight matches they expected it would be a close contest.

"I got to say from our No. 1 singles player all the way through, it was the worst match we played," coach Ron Smith said. "I don't know if the pressure got to them. I'm not slighting Westerville, but we should have competed better."

Aside from that match, Grove City has competed well this season, winning nine of its first 12 matches. Looking back, Smith believes the loss to Central may have been a positive.

"It took the pressure off of having that undefeated record," Smith said. "We never started a season 7-0. Maybe the pressure was mounting, but it took a little pressure off."

During Grove City's early-season surge, the Greyhounds beat Dublin Scioto (3-2 on April 7), Reynoldsburg (3-2 on April 14) and Newark (4-1 on April 20). According to Smith, during his eight-year tenure with the Greyhounds, his teams have never beaten Scioto or Reynoldsburg and last season lost to Newark 3-2.

"It's always fun to win," Smith said, laughing. "We've done a good job at it. I'm very proud of them."

Grove City is receiving consistent victories from Joey Hemphill at first singles, Chris Riggs and Joey Swavely at first doubles, and Eli Monhemius and Colin Hopkins at second doubles. Through 12 matches, Grove City has won four of its five matches with 3-2 as a final result.

"I don't know how to describe it," Smith said. "Where our wins are coming from doesn't slight the ability of Tyler Andrick (second singles) or Corinne Haines (third singles). They are both in tough positions. Even though they've taken a few losses, they are still major factors on this team."

Beginning today at home against Westerville South, Grove City has five regular-season matches remaining, but only one against OCC-Ohio Division competition. On Tuesday, Grove City plays at Pickerington North. The Greyhounds were third at 4-1 in the conference before last Tuesday, behind Pickerington Central at 5-1 and Gahanna at 5-0.

North was 6-5 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday. Last season, the Panthers defeated the Greyhounds 5-0.

"We have a pretty young team," North coach Brian Hoff said. "We have five new kids, including two freshmen and a sophomore playing for us. We're going through some growing pains right now."

As for Smith, he and his team are approaching the remaining regular season with a simple creed.

"We just enjoy it," Smith said, laughing.

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Central Crossing boys tennis team:

*April 6 - Lost to Hilliard Darby 4-1

April 7 - Lost to Reynoldsburg 5-0

April 8 - Match against Jonathan Alder canceled

*April 12 - Lost to Westland 4-1

*April 13 - Lost to Hilliard Davidson 5-0

April 16 - Match against Grove City canceled

April 19 - Defeated Teays Valley 3-2

*April 20 - Lost to Upper Arlington 5-0

*April 22 - Lost to Worthington Kilbourne 5-0

Last Monday - Match against Watkins Memorial postponed

*Last Tuesday - Played Thomas Worthington

Today - At Franklin Heights

Friday - Home vs. Hamilton Township

Monday - Home vs. London

Wednesday - Home vs. Jonathan Alder

Of note: The Comets were 1-6 overall and 0-5 in the OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Central match

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Grove City boys tennis team:

April 1 - Defeated Circleville 4-1

April 5 - Def. Briggs 4-1

*April 6 - Def. Groveport 3-2

April 7 - Def. Dublin Scioto 3-2

April 8 - Def. Westland 5-0

*April 13 - Def. Lancaster 3-2

*April 14 - Def. Reynoldsburg 3-2

April 15 - Lost to Westerville Central 5-0

April 16 - Match against Central Crossing canceled

*April 20 - Def. Newark 4-1

April 21 - Lost to Hartley 3-2

*April 22 - Lost to Gahanna 5-0

Last Friday - Def. Hamilton Township 5-0

Last Monday - Match against Teays Valley postponed

*Last Tuesday - Played Pickerington Central

Last Wednesday - Played Briggs

Today - Home vs. Westerville South

Friday - Home vs. Grandview

Monday - Home vs. Westerville North

*Tuesday - At Pickerington North

Of note: The Greyhounds were 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Ohio match