From the way Olentangy High School girls volleyball coach Sarah Wilson came onto the floor after a Sept. 14 match at Orange, a fan might have thought the Braves had won.
Despite a 25-12, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21 loss to the Pioneers, the Braves' first in OCC-Buckeye Division play this season, Wilson smiled and enthusiastically applauded her team's effort, just as she has all along.
"The things we work on in practice -- we never work on being perfect, we work on being tough and as a coach, that's what you ask for," Wilson said. "In my eyes, they did exactly what I needed them to do. They were tough and they fought back. We've seen that all year."
Olentangy was 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Buckeye before playing its other big rival, Liberty, on Sept. 19.
The Braves recovered from a slow first game against the Pioneers to play better in the second and take a 7-0 lead in the third, although Orange came back to make it close late and led as late as 16-15.
Olentangy began OCC-Buckeye play with wins over Westerville South (26-24, 25-14, 25-10 on Sept. 5), Westerville North (25-13, 25-12, 21-25, 25-13 on Sept. 7) and Westerville Central (25-13, 25-21, 25-20 on Sept. 12).
Wilson said outside hitter Bobby Diamond, who led the team with 110 kills through 10 matches, has been a pleasant surprise next to Ohio University commits Olivia Margolies (90 kills) and Emily Margolies (85).
Madyson Chitty led the Braves in digs with 233 before Sept. 19, ahead of Olivia Giles (102).
"Our outside hitting has been phenomenal with Liv Margolies and Bobby Diamond kind of coming out of her shell and being a force to reckon with," Wilson said. "Our defense has picked up its intensity and worked really hard to make sure no ball hits the floor."
Reed leads boys
golfers in final round
The boys golf team wrapped up second place in the OCC-Buckeye on Sept. 13, shooting a 305 to finish second in the fourth and final round of the league tournament at Darby Creek.
Bryce Reed shot a 75, followed by Luke Boerner (76), Cam Casto (77) and Trey Wilson (77), as the Braves finished behind Liberty (302) and ahead of Central (316), Orange (318), North (391) and South (397).
Olentangy finished 14-6 in the league, behind Liberty (20-0) and ahead of Central (12-8), Orange (10-10), North (4-16) and South (0-20).
Girls golf team
wraps up league play
Maddie Gwinn, Sam Horton and Lauren Sommerfeld all shot 89 in the fourth and final round of the OCC-Buckeye tournament Sept. 12 at Westchester, securing fourth place in the final league standings for the girls golf team.
Sierra Cardi shot a 104 for the Braves, who finished fourth (371) in the round behind Orange (290), Liberty (305) and Central (354) and ahead of North (451) and South (464).
Olentangy went 8-12 in the OCC-Buckeye, behind Orange (19-1), Liberty (17-3) and Central (12-8) and ahead of North (4-16) and South (0-20).
Below are the coming schedules for the Olentangy field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 23 -- Home vs. McMurray (Pa.) Peters Township
*Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Olentangy Liberty
Sept. 27 -- At New Albany
Sept. 19 -- Thomas Worthington at York
Sept. 23 -- Wedgewood Showcase
Sept. 21 -- Liberty and Olentangy Orange at Scioto Reserve
Sept. 25 -- Liberty, Pickerington North and Watterson at Turnberry
Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto
*Sept. 26 -- At Westerville Central
*Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Central
Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Worthington Christian
Sept. 26 -- At Dublin Coffman in makeup from Aug. 17
Sept. 27 -- At Pickerington Central
Sept. 21 -- Home vs. Marysville
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Westerville South. The Braves defeated the Wildcats 26-24, 25-14, 25-10 on Sept. 5.