After winning just three matches a year ago, the Reynoldsburg High School girls volleyball team picked up its third victory Sept. 15 when it beat Columbus South 25-17, 25-16.
The Raiders' other wins came against Teays Valley (25-17, 25-20 on Aug. 25) and Columbus Academy (25-19, 18-25, 25-12, 25-15 on Sept. 5). They were 3-9 overall and 0-6 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Groveport on Sept. 18.
"Our record does not reflect how much that the girls have improved from last year," first-year coach Amber Harris said. "We still are continuing to adjust to every team we play and I've had several OCC coaches say that we don't look like the same team from last year. Our defense has greatly improved. We've been doing a good job of keeping the ball off the floor, but offense is still where we fall apart.
"The girls followed up on what we'd worked on the night before against Columbus Academy, so that was good to see. Columbus Academy is a very good team. The first game we played very well and we kind of took over in the third and fourth games and did what we needed to do."
Senior Shiloh Murphy, according to Harris, is the team's leader in serving as well as its top hitter and defender. Senior Mackenzie Snare, junior Kaylin Davison and sophomores Alexa Jeffers and Bailey Long have been other standouts, Harris said.
Murphy has verbally committed to play basketball at Morehead State University in Kentucky.
"(Murphy is) a very good athlete," Harris said. "Volleyball is her second sport, but she's a great all-around athlete who has made an impact on the team. She brings a winning attitude, persistence and dedication to (the team). She's one of the leaders on the floor even though she's not a captain."