Less than a week before the end of the regular season, DeSales High School girls tennis coach Anthony Tienprasid is certain of at least two things about his team.

Less than a week before the end of the regular season, DeSales High School girls tennis coach Anthony Tienprasid is certain of at least two things about his team.

His top singles player, junior My Linh Li, can advance to the Division II district tournament - and maybe beyond - if she continues on her current pace.

And next year's schedule probably will be lighter than this year's.

DeSales was 5-8 overall and 2-2 in the CCL entering this week, having played mostly Division I competition. Nine of those 13 matches were by 5-0 or 4-1 scores.

"It's either we get blown out 5-0 or we blow someone else out," Tienprasid said. "There's no real in-between."

Through 13 matches, DeSales' wins were against Teays Valley (4-1 on Aug. 25), Hartley (3-2 on Aug. 30), Granville (5-0 on Sept. 9), Ready (5-0 on Sept. 13) and Bexley (3-2 on Sept. 22). The Stallions went 5-13 overall and 2-2 in the CCL last season.

Through 13 matches, Li was 7-4 at first singles to pace the Stallions. Junior Sarah Schockling was 6-7 at second singles, senior Kyra Hess was 1-9 at third singles, juniors Izzy Ocampo and Chandler Sharkey were 6-7 at first doubles and the usual second doubles team of freshman Emma Clark and sophomore Maura McCabe was 4-6.

Senior Elle Garrick and junior Lauren Asman also have seen time at singles and doubles.

"Usually the girls beat who they should beat, and whenever there's a team that's better than us or their girls are better than our girls, I just tell them to do their best," Tienprasid said.

Li, who won a Division II state doubles title with her older sister, Kim My Li, in 2009, missed the end of last season with a right ankle injury. She still wears a brace on the ankle to decrease the chances of re-injuring it.

Li has focused much of the regular season on improving her serves and returns.

"I feel myself improving," she said. "I'm working on trying to swing through balls instead of bumping them back, trying to attack more instead of placing it back, so I start the point attacking instead of just being neutral.

"I felt like I had a good chance (to return to state) last year and that injury was unfortunate. But hopefully this year will turn out better."

•The girls soccer team is 6-2-2 overall entering a home game Thursday, Sept. 29, against Granville.

The Stallions are 4-1-2 in their past seven games. Since a 1-0 loss to Dublin Coffman on Sept. 1, they have defeated Ready (1-0 on Sept. 8), Fayetteville-Perry (1-0 on Sept. 10), Hartley (2-1 on Sept. 20) and Worthington Kilbourne (1-0 on Sept. 22) and have tied Hilliard Davidson (1-all on Sept. 3) and Pickerington North (1-all on Sept. 15).

Senior midfielder Alex Elliott has a team-high four goals and senior forward Megan McCabe has three. DeSales has benefited from two own goals this month, against Davidson and Hartley.

•The boys golf team began postseason play in a particularly tough Division II sectional Sept. 27 at Granville Golf Course. The sectional included four of the district's top six seeds - No. 1 Bexley, No. 4 Ready, No. 5 Caledonia River Valley and No. 6 Lakewood.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district tournament Monday, Oct. 3, at River Greens in West Lafayette.

•The girls golf team will compete in a Division I sectional Tuesday, Oct. 4, at The Links at Groveport.

The Stallions are paired with Dublin Scioto and Canal Winchester. Top teams at the sectional include third-seeded Pickerington North and seventh-seeded Upper Arlington.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the district tournament Oct. 11 at Bent Tree.