Although his team headed into last Thursday's match against Worthington Kilbourne at 2-11 overall and 0-9 in the OCC-Central Division, Westland High School volleyball coach Bryan Webb said he likes its progress.

Although his team headed into last Thursday's match against Worthington Kilbourne at 2-11 overall and 0-9 in the OCC-Central Division, Westland High School volleyball coach Bryan Webb said he likes its progress.

Westland's wins were over Zanesville West Muskingum and Logan in the Karen Wohrer Invitational at Lancaster on Sept. 9. The Cougars took OCC-Central rival Hilliard Davidson to the limit Sept. 18 before falling 27-29, 25-22, 25-18, 19-25, 15-12.

Westland was swept by Dublin Coffman 25-9, 25-14, 25-12 last Tuesday.

"Our consistency is improving," Webb said. "We went five with Davidson, so we're close. We're competing about as close as you can get. We just need to turn the page and get a win. We'll be a lot better after that."

Through 12 matches, Halie McKenzie led the Cougars in kills with 58 followed by Britney Mickens (47). Katelyn Beesler, who has been the setter in place of injured Leah Vertullo, led the team in assists with 184. Vertullo has been out all season with a stress fracture in her back, but Webb was hoping she would return before the season ends.

"We knew that we were going to go up against the best teams in the OCC," McKenzie said. "We always come out to fight even though we know we're outsized."

•The football team will play host to Thomas Worthington on Friday.

The Cardinals were 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Central before their game against Coffman last Friday.

"When you compare records, it would seem that Thomas is obviously not having the success that the schools we have played in the past few weeks are having, but everything that I've seen and heard about these guys is that they're very good," coach Brian Smith said. "They're just stuck in a bad division. We can definitely sympathize with that. I believe it's going to be another tough challenge. It will be a tough game."

The Cougars were 1-4 and 0-2 after losing to Coffman 55-0 on Sept. 19.

Smith said Chad Helsel has received reps at quarterback in practice and was expected to see playingtime last Friday against Worthington Kilbourne.

Smithsaid defensive end Esteylon Martinez, tight end Nick Ryan, right tackle Evan Riley and center Matt Hoyt have played well recently.

•The boys soccer team, which was 1-8 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Central before facing Dublin Scioto last Thursday, will visit Hilliard Darby on Tuesday. Upper Arlington blanked Westland 4-0 last Tuesday.

Coach Dan Heckler said Ahmed Farah, Troy Fleischman and Yovany Garcia have played well.

"You play as hard as you can, you try to improve all the time and get what you can out of the game," Heckler said.

•The girls soccer team was 2-8-1 overall before Thursday's game against Jonathan Alder. The Cougars dropped to0-4 in the OCC-Central after losing to Upper Arlington 7-0 last Tuesday.

Westland will visit Thomas on Monday.

"The girls are playing with a lot of pride and a lot of heart," coach Pat Ellis said. "Even when we're playing teams that should technically beat us they don't quit and they play the whole game. They fight for everything that they can get out of it."

•The girlstennis team earned its first win 4-1 over Central Crossing last Tuesday.

"I was happy for them that they actually won,"coach Shaela Hinckley said. "It was great for their ego because they've gone against all these hard teams and the league that we're in is just ridiculous."

The Cougars were 1-8 overall and1-5 in the OCC-Central before their match against Darby last Thursday. Westland will play host to Franklin Heights on Monday.

Against Central Crossing, winners were Jasmine Proctor at first singles 6-3, 6-0, Kim Tirey at second singles 6-1, 6-2, Jessica Stanford at third singles 6-0, 6-0 and Allyson George and Whitney Gibson at second doubles 6-1, 6-1.

Westland fell to Hartley 3-2 last Wednesday. Winners were Tirey at second singles 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 and Stanford at third singles 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.

•The boys golf team will compete in the Division I sectionals Wednesday at Darby Creek.

"Our goal is to shoot in the 370s as a team," coach Brad Kramer said.

"We haven't done it this year. As long as the weather is decent, I think we have a good chance."

Westland (178) defeated Groveport (196) and lost to Hartley (165) last Wednesday at the Links at Groveport.

The Cougars (187) fell to Newark (162) and Westerville South (173) last Tuesday as Matt Weiner and John Slagle- shot 44s.