Strong serving and defense helped the Worthington Christian High School girls volleyball team advance to a Division IV district semifinal.
The third-seeded Warriors, who opened the postseason with a 25-5, 25-17, 25-11 win over 17th-seeded Grove City Christian on Oct. 15, beat 18th-seeded Morral Ridgedale 25-21, 25-12, 25-22 in a second-round match Oct. 17 to improve to 16-8.
On Thursday, Oct. 24, the Warriors play sixth-seeded Harvest Prep at Big Walnut. The winner plays second-seeded Shekinah Christian or fifth-seeded Fisher Catholic in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Big Walnut.
"We got all of our serves in but one (against Ridgedale)," coach Matt Liston said. "Grace Fraker let almost nothing drop as she defended the back row as libero and Hannah Cook played the right side of the net (aggressively).
"Janelle Wilcox owned the net with a lot of blocks. Sarah (Foor) had some great serves. Emma (Rider) had several great hits. Maggie (Cunningham) hit some very strategic kills. Ali (Spayde) had near perfect sets. Emily (Griffith) was all over the floor digging."
The district champion plays Beaver Eastern, Portsmouth Clay, Bainbridge Paint Valley or Reedsville Eastern in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Lancaster.
The regional final is Nov. 2 at Lancaster.
Boys soccer team makes district semi
The third-seeded boys soccer team opened the Division III district tournament with a 7-0 win over 16th-seeded Village Academy on Oct. 19 and played 12th-seeded Granville Christian in a district semifinal Oct. 23.
The winner plays second-seeded Grandview or 11th-seeded Madison Christian in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Canal Winchester.
The district champion plays Columbus Academy, Wellington, Gahanna Christian or Columbus International in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Dublin Jerome. The regional final is Nov. 2 at Zanesville.
Senior forward Sam Condon and junior forward J.J. Phillips each had two goals against Village Academy.
Watterson to run in regional meet
Senior Matt Watterson will represent the cross country program in the Division III regional meet Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pickerington North. The top 16 individuals advance to state Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway.
In the boys district meet Oct. 19 at Watkins Memorial, Watterson finished 16th (17 minutes, 19.73 seconds) to earn the final individual qualifying berth.
The Warriors placed 13th (345) of 21 teams behind champion Fredericktown (67) as the top four teams advanced.
Also competing were junior Joel Bertelsen (27th, 17:42.62), sophomore Noah Mallory (69th, 18:50.75) and freshmen Liam Bruce (121st, 21:27.11), Taylor Dittman (124th, 21:34.7) and Jeff Baacke (125th, 21:37.83).
The girls team placed 10th (296) of 14 teams behind champion Columbus School for Girls (50).
Competing were junior Emily Howard (49th, 22:03.46), senior Sarah Sharp (50th, 22:05.38), junior Natalie Rohrig (55th, 22:29.42), sophomore Tori Wilde (87th, 24:57.47), senior Hannah Francis (98th, 25:47.82) and freshmen Ava Lewis (104th, 27:03.13) and Sarah Maloney (108th, 28:26.32).
Girls soccer team falls to Vikings
The girls soccer team lost to fourth-seeded Columbus Academy 2-0 on Oct. 17 in the second round of the Division III district tournament.Worthington Christian had beaten Academy 3-0 on Aug. 27.
The Warriors, who were the district's top seed and the No. 1 team in the final state poll, finished 14-2-1. They were district semifinalists a year ago.