The plan to put in extra work as a doubles team during the offseason worked to perfection for DeSales tennis players Kim My Li and her sister, My Linh Li, who won a Division II state championship in doubles last Saturday at Elysium Tennis Center in Plain City.

The plan to put in extra work as a doubles team during the offseason worked to perfection for DeSales tennis players Kim My Li and her sister, My Linh Li, who won a Division II state championship in doubles last Saturday at Elysium Tennis Center in Plain City.

The tournament originally was to be held at Ohio State, but bad weather forced the tournament indoors for both days of competition.

None of that seemed to bother the Li sisters, who played several matches together last summer in USTA competition.

"This means everything," said Kim My Li of winning the state champion. "This is what we've been working for the last year and a half. To finish off like this means everything to me."

In the championship match, the Li sisters defeated Bexley's Corinne Rauck and Maddie Morton 6-2 6-7(7-9), 6-2.

They opened last Friday with a first-round win over Kassie Faugno and Dominique Baxter (6-1, 6-2) before taking care of Gates Mills Hawkens' Taylor Johnson and Surya Khadikar (2-6, 6-3, 6-1) in the second round.

On Saturday, the Li sisters defeated Millersburg West Holmes' Mary Nelson and Rachel Nelson (6-2, 6-3) to earn a spot in the championship.

"It means a lot to win this with my sister," My Linh Li said. "She's really good at the baseline and I'm really good at the net. We work really well together and that's how we win a lot of points."

It was Kim My Li third trip to the state tournament. Each time, she lost in the first round. "We're sisters. We're supposed to bring out the best in each other," Kim My Li said. "We know each other so well. There are times when we want to kill each other, but I love her and I wouldn't be here without her."

•The girls cross country team made it to the regional tournament as a team for the first time in three seasons.

They advanced to the regional meet by finishing second (85 points) to Big Walnut (42) in the Division II, district 2 meet.

Melissa Thompson finished third (20 minutes, 57.54 seconds) to lead the Stallions. Caledonia River Valley's Kierston Lathrop won the district 2 meet with Big Walnut's Lincoln Green placing second (20:51.43).

Those three are expected to be among the top finishers for Saturday's regional meet at Pickerington North, along with district 1 champion Megan Gaysuanas of Granville (20:23.7).

The Stallions are searching for their first trip to the state meet, but coach Bob Lennon said they have to run better than they did last Saturday.

The top four teams and individuals not on a qualifying team who finish in the top 16 advance to the state meet Nov. 7 at Scioto Downs. Lennon said he expected Granville, Big Walnut and St. Clairsville, the East District's district 2 champions, to be the main contenders.

DeSales has a shot at the fourth spot and is expected to improve with Claire Koberman getting healthier each week.

Koberman, who was among the top three runners when the season started, strained a calf muscle late in the season and hasn't been 100-percent.

"It's really frustrating because it happened so late," Koberman said. "It really erases everything you've done during the summer. Hopefully I can be closer to my time (Saturday)."

The boys team had its season end. It finished seventh (199) to Watterson (43) in the Division II district 2 meet.

•The 11th-seeded girls volleyball team plays top-seeded Hartley at 6 p.m. today at Worthington Christian in a Division II district semifinal.

The Stallions made it to the district semifinal by defeating Licking Valley 25-23, 25-19, 27-25 in the first round Oct. 20 before beating Buckeye Valley 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-11 last Saturday in the second to improve to 13-11.

Hartley and DeSales have played twice already with the Stallions losing 25-11, 23-25, 25-22, 25-23 on Sept. 17 and 25-8, 25-20, 19-25, 25-15 on Oct. 6.

"(Playing Hartley is) going to come down to emotion," coach Kelly Morgan said. "There are a lot of friendships between players on the team. I would like to think that we could take the emotion out of if. I think if my girls play it as if it's just another game, they'll play better."

The winner plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at Worthington Christian in a district final against fourth-seeded Hilliard Bradley or Jonathan Alder.

The district champion will play at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at Granville in a regional semifinal against Cambridge or Byesville Meadowbrook.

At a glance

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

BOYS SOCCER

Oct. 22 -- Defeated Licking Heights 10-0 in the second round of the Division II district tournament

Last Tuesday -- Played Olentangy in a district semifinal with the winner to play at 4 p.m. Saturday at Grandview in a district final against Jonathan Alder or Hartley. The district champion will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a regional semifinal against Chillicothe, Chillicothe Zane Trace, Fairfield Union or Marietta. The regional semifinal winner will play at 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at Watkins Memorial against Coshocton, Carrolton, Minerva, Warsaw River View or Lisbon Beaver Local. The Stallions, who had a first-round bye, are the top seed.

Of note: The Stallions were 13-1-3 overall before last Tuesday.

GIRLS SOCCER

Oct. 22 -- Def. Hilliard Bradley 5-0 in the second round of the Division I district tournament

Last Tuesday -- Played ninth-seeded Westerville Central last in a district semifinal with the winner to play at 12 p.m. Saturday in a district final against top-seeded Upper Arlington or Marysville. The district champion will play at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a regional semifinal against Marietta. The regional semifinal winner will play at 12 p.m. Nov. 7 at Dublin Scioto in a regional final against Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, Gahanna, Olentangy Liberty, Watterson or Westerville North. The Stallions, who had a first-round bye, are the sixth seed.

Of note: The Stallions were 11-4-2 overall before last Tuesday.