Grove City controls fate for league supremacy
The Grove City High School girls volleyball team went 3-0 last week to extend its winning streak to nine matches.
The Greyhounds won two OCC-Ohio Division matches, beating Pickerington Central 25-7, 25-16, 25-15 on Oct. 1 and Gahanna 25-20, 25-14, 27-25 on Oct. 3.
Grove City was 16-2 overall and 12-0 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Lancaster on Oct. 8.
A win over Lancaster would have given the Greyhounds the OCC-Ohio title outright.
Even with a loss against Lancaster, Grove City would still win a share of the OCC-Ohio by beating Pickerington North in its league finale Thursday, Oct. 10, at home.
The Greyhounds beat North 25-20, 25-15, 25-22 on Sept. 17.
"We've put ourselves in a great spot (to be) in full control of our goal of winning the league title," coach Alan Pham said. "The players have really bought into that idea and understand that our next match, regardless of who is on the other side of the net, is our biggest match of the season. It's great to see them thrive on that idea."
The Greyhounds are seeded fourth in the Division I district tournament and open the postseason Monday, Oct. 14, by playing host to 36th-seeded Upper Arlington.
Last year, Grove City advanced to a district semifinal, where it lost to Westerville Central 26-24, 25-14, 24-26, 23-25, 15-11.
Leading the Greyhounds through 18 matches were outside hitter Amanda Radich (205 kills), middle hitter Sarah Mitcham (32 blocks, 38 aces), setter Andrea Miller (457 assists) and defensive specialist Haven Kulp (270 digs).
"Our outside hitters, Amanda Radich and Rae-Kelly Hamilton, continue to be the backbone of the offense, but the middle hitters, Sarah Mitcham and Jorian George, have really stepped up and provided us with that extra dimension to keep our opponents' defense in check," Pham said. "Our defensive specialists, Haven Kulp and Haley Litman, have also been great with their passing to give our offense ample opportunities to score. And when the passing isn't perfect, setter Andrea Miller can make up for it with her ridiculous speed to the ball and creating scoring opportunities from basically nothing."
Comets continue to struggle
After opening the season with seven consecutive victories, Central Crossing continued to struggle last week, as it lost two league matches to drop to 8-12 overall and 1-11 in the OCC-Central before playing Marysville on Oct. 8.
"We have been struggling with consistency," coach Julie Evans said.
The 28th-seeded Comets open the Division I district tournament Wednesday, Oct. 16, by playing host to 38th-seeded Franklin Heights.
Last year, Central Crossing lost to Lancaster 25-21, 25-18, 25-16 in the first round.
"We would like to make it to (a district semifinal)," Evans said. "We need to continue to work on a faster and more consistent offense in order to help us make it deep into the tournament this year."