As the Marysville High School girls volleyball team continued to win, coach Leslie Boey was concerned. She saw a problem.

As the Marysville High School girls volleyball team continued to win, coach Leslie Boey was concerned. She saw a problem.

"We were playing just well enough to win," Boey said. "We started to get in a little rut and we weren't challenging ourselves."

After opening 10-0, Marysville lost its first match Sept. 16 to Dublin Scioto 16-25, 25-17, 20-25, 20-25.

"Scioto is a good team, but if we played our best we should have won," Boey said. "We came back to practice and started to prepare for future matches."

That included a rematch with the top contender in the OCC-Cardinal Division, Olentangy. Marysville won the first round Aug. 28, but Olentangy earned revenge last Tuesday 25-9, 25-17, 25-17.

Marysville was 14-2 overall and in a second-place tie with Scioto at 7-2 in the OCC-Cardinal behind Olentangy at 8-1 before last Saturday's match against Westerville South.

"Olentangy played a flawless match," Boey said. "We need to rebound from this. We need to learn to find the open holes on the floor and not make the same mental mistakes. We knew if we didn't pick it up we'd suffer.

"Now that we're tied for second with Scioto, if we win out and Olentangy wins out, we finish second. This is a very pivotal time. We need to be on our game if we want to maintain the possibility of a tie for first."

Beginning with Thursday's match at Dublin Jerome, Marysville has four regular-season matches remaining, three of which are within the OCC-Cardinal.

Marysville beat Jerome 25-19, 25-23, 25-23 on Sept. 9. The Celtics won four of their first five matches and three of their first four OCC-Cardinal matches before losing four of their next six overall and three of four in the OCC to fall to 8-7 and 4-4 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Thursday.

Seniors Karey Carr (middle hitter) and Sarah Young (outside hitter) and junior Ashley Hudock (middle hitter) were Jerome's most consistent players early.

"Sarah has played exceptionally well across the board," Jerome coach Katherine Fogg said. "She has a good number of kills and her defense has been unbelievable. Nothing hits the floor when Sarah's around. Hudock and Carr have done a nice job hitting, too."

Boey is hoping her team continues to improve its mental game as the Monarchs have trouble forgetting mistakes that occur during a match.

"If we do make a mistake we get down on ourselves and we constantly think about the mistake we just made," Boey said. "The next thing you know a ball is served at you, hits off your arm because mentally you're not in the game. One mistake turns into two or three. We can't dwell on those mistakes."

Marysville's communication skills are strong. Boey has been impressed with the Monarchs' ability to read the floor and see openings on the other side of the net.

Individually, third-team all-state outside hitter Hannah McShea has continued to perform.

"She's our most solid all-around player," Boey said. "Also, Lisa Rausch is doing a great job with our leadership and getting us ready to go with a positive attitude and Meghann Gogel has the toughest job on the court as the setter, but she's mixing it up to who she sets to and using her head."

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Marysville boys soccer and girls soccer teams:

BOYS

Sept. 20 --Lost to Hilliard Davidson 1-0

*Last Tuesday --Lost to Dublin Jerome 2-0

Last Saturday --Played Dublin Coffman

*Tuesday --Home vs. Westerville North

Of note: The Monarchs were 6-6 overall before last Saturday and are 2-3 in the OCC-Cardinal.

GIRLS

Sept. 20 --Lost to Reynoldsburg 3-2

*Last Tuesday --Lost to Jerome 4-1

*Tuesday --At Westerville North

Of note: The Monarchs are 5-6-2 overall and 2-3 in the OCC-Cardinal.

*OCC-Cardinal game

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Marysville girls tennis and boys and girls cross country teams:

GIRLS TENNIS

*Last Tuesday --Lost to Dublin Scioto 5-0

Last Wednesday --Lost to Marion Pleasant 5-0

*Last Saturday -- Played in OCC-Cardinal tournament at Olentangy Liberty

Tuesday --Home vs. Delaware

Wednesday --At Hilliard Darby

Friday-Saturday --At Division I sectional at Darby

Of note: The Monarchs are 5-10.

*OCC-Cardinal contest

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Saturday -- Competed in Erin L. Nance Invitational at London

Saturday --At Marion Harding Invitational