Sai Korada, a first-doubles player for the Reynoldsburg High School boys tennis team, walked off the court April 10 after a 3-2 loss to Pickerington North disappointed but not discouraged.

Sai Korada, a first-doubles player for the Reynoldsburg High School boys tennis team, walked off the court April 10 after a 3-2 loss to Pickerington North disappointed but not discouraged.

Halfway through the season, the Raiders, who haven't won a league title since 1995, find themselves in the thick of the OCC-Ohio Division race.

"We are doing really well. I think we have a good chance this year," said Korada, who along with Zach Kahl lost 6-1, 6-1 to North's Ben Keen and Patrick Yen. "The North match showed us we just have some kinks that we need to work out in our game plan.

"Coming away from that match, I think we're going to do much better the rest of the season."

Before playing Groveport on April 17, Reynoldsburg was 3-1 in the league with 20 points. Entering play that day, North was 3-0 in the league with 15 points. Rounding out the standings were Pickerington Central (2-1, 11), Grove City (1-1, 11), Gahanna (1-1, 6) Groveport (1-2, 5), Newark (0-2, 1) and Lancaster (0-3, 1).

On April 10, Cameron Raglin defeated North's Dylan Bhaerman 6-3, 6-3 at first singles and Pope Lake and Isaac Kahn rallied to beat the Panthers' Matt Barry and Austin Engel 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 at second doubles.

North's Blaine Carr defeated Adam Edwards 2-6, 7-6, 7-6 at second singles and the Panthers' Cameron Friedman defeated Brandon Person 6-4, 6-4 at third singles.

"I definitely wasn't disappointed by our play overall and the effort we saw," coach Mark Mathias said. "I knew it was going to be a good match for us because we're both so evenly balanced. I think both of us have a chance to do very well in the OCC."

Reynoldsburg, which won the OCC-Capital title from 1992-95, hasn't finished higher than fourth in the league the past three years.

The Raiders earned 5-0 league wins over Grove City on March 29, Newark on April 9 and Lancaster on April 12, but they have some key tests coming up. Reynoldsburg plays host to Gahanna on Tuesday, April 24, and visits Central on April 26.

Gahanna, which captured the last three OCC-Ohio titles, had a 23-match league winning streak snapped with a 4-1 loss to North on April 12.

The Lions' singles lineup from a year ago lost Jesse Shivener (first singles) to graduation, and senior Stephen Cheng (third singles) decided not to return to the team.

Gahanna also is currently without junior Canyon Teague (second singles), who has a stress fracture in his back.

Mathias believes the Raiders have a good chance to win the league.

"We're definitely not out of it," he said. "It's going to come down to how we do against the other teams and how those teams do the rest of the season and the all-important (league) tournament (May 5 at home)."

Korada said the Raiders just need to relax.

"If you let the pressure get to you, you might not do as well as you think you should," he said. "You have to try to get past that and play in the moment."