The Delaware Hayes High School girls volleyball team may be setting other goals sometime soon.

The Pacers, whose primary objective this season was to post their first winning season since 2009, improved to 11-4 overall and 5-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division with a 24-26, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20 win over Dublin Scioto on Sept. 19.

"The goal going into this year was just to definitely finish with a winning season," said outside hitter Julia Kaylor, one of six seniors on the roster. "Other than that, we just want to focus on getting better and play at our peak level in big matches and the (Division I district) tournament."

Kaylor, who has committed to play for Lake Erie College, had 10 kills and 16 digs against Scioto.

"Julia is always really focused and gives us a lot of energy," said coach Liz Kaylor-Palmer, Kaylor's sister. "I think she's trying to make up for last year when she suffered an ACL injury right before the season and was done for the year. She knows this is the final try for this senior class as they look to end this streak.

"It's been eight years since we've had a winning season and we all are so focused on changing that around here."

The Pacers, who have 21 regular-season matches and are guaranteed only one postseason match, had an opportunity to secure a winning season Sept. 23 against Delaware Christian.

This week, Delaware will play host to Thomas Worthington on Tuesday, Sept. 26, before visiting Hilliard Bradley on Thursday, Sept. 28. The Pacers beat both the Cardinals and Jaguars in the first round of league play.

"It's super exciting," Kaylor said. "We're all showing up and playing hard. We've put the work in over the past few years and it's definitely showing in our record. We have maturity and talent with strong hitters and a strong back row. I think everyone is doing their roles for the good of the team."

Against Scioto, senior setter/right-side hitter Lauryn Rocassin had 10 kills, 14 digs and 17 assists, senior libero Audrey Hannahs had 23 digs, junior outside hitter Sydney Krewson had 15 kills, freshman setter Anna Johnson had 24 assists and three aces and senior middle hitter Julia Justice had five kills and three blocks.

"All of the girls are doing great," said Kaylor-Palmer, who will be stepping down after the season to move to Michigan. "There are three girls who don't come off the floor, though. In addition to (Kaylor), Lauryn and Audrey don't come off. Audrey is our best passer and always has double-digit digs, and Lauryn is a power hitter with a solid block."

Kaylor said the team's cohesiveness and camaraderie have aided the Pacers.

"We do a lot of things together and we're going to watch middle school matches to let those girls know we support them," she said. "We want to support the whole program and pay back to them for their support.

"A very nice thing this year is that our teachers and even the students are recognizing what we're doing and everyone has been supportive and congratulating us after each match. We haven't felt that support in the past, and it's just a really great thing."

Football team aided
by change to offense

The football team made some changes offensively and something clicked against Washington Court House on Sept. 15.

The Pacers rolled to a 38-8 win over the Blue Lions to improve to 2-2. They lost 10-0 in OCC-Cardinal play Sept. 22 against Dublin Scioto and are now preparing for a league game Friday, Sept. 29, at Worthington Kilbourne.

Delaware, now 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the league, had totaled 35 points in its first three games.

"We basically made some changes and are running plays from an old-school wing-T in addition to a spread," offensive coordinator Justin Malivuk said. "(Against Washington Court House), we threw for 158 yards in the first half and went away from the pass and ran the ball in the second half. We took advantage of what the defense was giving us."

The Pacers are still without projected starting quarterback Kael Gannon, who was injured in the final scrimmage. Freshman Blake Eiland is now the starter.

"Kael is week to week and we may get him back for a few weeks, but he will be re-evaluated (Monday) Sept. 25," Malivuk said. "Blake has done a nice job under center and in the gun, but I expect Kilbourne will try to bring some heat.

"(Kilbourne) traditionally is a tough, well-coached team with a great defense and can run the football well. We have yet to beat them, so that's something we would like to accomplish. They're usually pretty physical and are historically one of the better defenses we face."

Kilbourne is 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the league after beating Thomas Worthington 26-25 in overtime Sept. 15 and losing 45-17 to Hartley on Sept. 22.

The Wolves are led defensively by linebacker Thomas Wilson, the top tackler in program history. Lineman Roen McCullough, linebacker Noah Reed and defensive backs Tyler Ward and Ryan Wesolowski are other standouts for a defense that was allowing an average of 23.8 points through four games.

Kilbourne's two wins were in overtime, including a 21-14 victory over Big Walnut on Sept. 1.

Leaders in the Wolves' option offense are quarterback Parker Wereb, running backs Michael McQuade and Elijah Young and linemen R.J. Meehan and Cole Wajda.

Eiland was 9-for-11 passing for 158 yards, including touchdowns of 18 yards to Isaiah Moore and 19 yards to Blain McCormick, against Washington Court House. Eiland also scored on runs of 7 and 68 yards and finished with 121 yards on 14 carries.

McCormick had 55 yards rushing on 10 carries and 56 yards on four receptions. Sam Lagando had three catches for 63 yards and Moore had three receptions for 37 yards.

Boys soccer team's
winning streak ends

The boys soccer team had a five-game winning streak halted when it lost to Bradley 2-1 on Sept. 19.

The Pacers are 6-3-1 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Cardinal heading into a game Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Kilbourne.

They began the winning streak Aug. 31 with a 5-0 victory over Whetstone, and also beat Dublin Scioto (5-1 on Sept. 5), Beechcroft (3-1 on Sept. 7), Thomas Worthington (4-1 on Sept. 12) and Grove City (1-0 on Sept. 14) before falling to the Jaguars.

Against Grove City, Brody Kannally scored and goalkeeper Noah Meehan made nine saves.

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Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the Delaware Hayes cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Sept. 30 -- Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club

BOYS GOLF

Sept. 25 -- OCC Shootout at Moundbuilders

GIRLS GOLF

Sept. 25 -- Olentangy Liberty at Oakhaven

Sept. 27 -- DeSales at NorthStar

BOYS SOCCER

*Sept. 26 -- At Worthington Kilbourne

Sept. 28 -- Home vs. Worthington Christian

GIRLS SOCCER

*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne

Sept. 28 -- Home vs. Buckeye Valley

GIRLS TENNIS

Sept. 25 -- Home vs. Reynoldsburg

Sept. 27 -- Home vs. Buckeye Valley

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Thomas Worthington. The Pacers beat the Cardinals 21-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-17, 15-9 on Aug. 29.

*Sept. 28 -- At Hilliard Bradley. The Pacers beat the Jaguars 25-17, 28-26, 22-25, 14-25, 15-13 on Aug. 31.

*League contest