The three-time defending Division III district champion Ready High School girls volleyball team is hoping a tough schedule has it prepared for another long tournament run.
The Silver Knights are 9-10 overall entering their postseason opener Wednesday, Oct. 16, against visiting Centerburg. Ready is the seventh seed and Centerburg is seeded 14th.
"Coming into the high school scene for the first time, I underestimated how talented the teams are in the (CCL)," said first-year coach Mark Sisler, whose team finished 3-5 in the league. "From my perspective, this league is by far the strongest league for volleyball in central Ohio. For the most part, we have played up to our high standards, but just like any other team, we have moments where our performance isn't where it needs to be.
"We have surprised a few Division I teams this season and I feel like our team is now emerging into a competitive team that believes we can repeat another tournament run like we have experienced the past several years."
According to Sisler, junior outside hitter Meredith Rivers has led the offense and senior libero Lauren Rivera has led the defense.
Football team to face Bexley
The football team took its No. 2 ranking in the Division VI state poll and a 6-0 overall record into its game Oct. 11 against Washington Court House Miami Trace.
On Friday, Oct. 18, the Knights will play at Bexley.
The Lions, who haven't had a winning season since 2008, were 5-1 and sixth in the Division IV, Region 13 computer ratings before playing Madison Plains on Oct. 11.
Coach Joel Cutler was impressed by Bexley's performance in a 21-14 loss to West Jefferson on Oct. 4.
"They are for real," he said.
Bexley needed two overtimes Sept. 27 to win 35-34 at Whitehall, which lost to Ready 49-19 on Sept. 19.
Through six games, Knights senior Akili Taylor was among the area's leading rushers with 1,169 yards on 104 carries and had 14 touchdowns.
Junior Connor Lancia was among area leaders in interceptions with four through six games.
During Ready's 98-20 win over Washington Court House on Oct. 4, seniors Myles Fowler (WR) and Deandre Golden (RB) saw their first action this season and each scored a touchdown. Both had to sit out the first five games after Fowler transferred from Westland and Golden transferred from Watterson.
Girls tennis team to return full lineup
Despite having no seniors in its lineup, the girls tennis team won two more matches than a year ago.
The Knights went 5-9 overall and 0-4 in the CCL to finish behind Watterson (4-0), DeSales (3-1), Columbus School for Girls (2-2) and Hartley (1-3).
In a Division II sectional Oct. 3 at Columbus Academy, junior Mallory Green and sophomore Ellie McAndrew lost in quarterfinal singles matches and sophomore Elizabeth Wolf lost in a first-round singles match.
In doubles at sectional, the team of junior Ashley Wright and sophomore Dawn Ritter lost in the second round and the team of sophomores Allie Leidinger and Leah Ruth lost in a quarterfinal.