The Worthington Kilbourne High School boys volleyball team appears to have found its rhythm after an 0-3 start.
The Wolves improved to 5-4 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division by rallying to beat Olentangy Liberty 25-19, 20-25, 22-25, 25-23, 17-15 on April 9. The teams meet again in league play Thursday, April 17, at Liberty.
According to coach Glynda Rice, the entire team has lifted its play, specifically Jacob Bloom (setter/outside hitter), David Broker (middle hitter/outside hitter), Tony Comas (outside hitter/defensive specialist), Keegan Flaherty (middle hitter), Ray Gardner (setter/outside hitter) and Ian Redding (outside hitter/libero).
Kilbourne, which played Dublin Scioto in an OCC-Cardinal match April 15, posted its other league wins against Westerville North (25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23 on April 8), Westerville South (25-20, 25-16, 25-16 on April 7), Westerville Central (25-15, 25-16, 17-25, 19-25 on April 3) and Scioto (25-19, 25-17, 24-26, 25-18 on March 27).
Cardinals forced to juggle lineup
Thomas was 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Dublin Coffman on April 15.
The Cardinals won their opener, beating Licking Heights 22-25, 25-12, 18-25, 25-20, 15-12 on March 25, but lost their next six matches.
coach Scott Ebright said the Cardinals have been besieged by injuries and illness.
The Cardinals opened OCC-Ohio play April 8, falling to defending Division I state champion Hilliard Darby 25-8, 25-15, 25-8. They then lost league matches to Upper Arlington (25-20, 25-23 25-19 on April 10) and Hilliard Davidson (25-9, 25-11, 25-16 on April 11).
On April 12, Thomas lost to Dublin Jerome 25-7, 22-25, 25-13, 25-18 and lost to UA 25-19, 25-23, 25-11 in a non-league match.
Ebright said the Cardinals' lineup and rotation have been inconsistent because of all of the substitutions, with several junior varsity players being called upon to fill voids.
Ebright is pleased with the effort being put forth by all of the players and lauded the play of setter Jacob Strohl, outside hitters Michael Bee and Lance Ward and opposite hitter Derek Wilson.