Having a young roster, Dublin Scioto High School girls tennis coach Sean Gilbert entered his first season with the program with several questions.
One of Gilbert's first goals was to find a replacement for 2017 graduate Harunya Ravindran at first singles.
In stepped junior Ashley Lambillotte, who played second singles last season.
Lambillotte has responded by leading the Irish with a 7-4 record, which includes a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Gahanna senior Natalie Chen on Sept. 21 in the Irish's 4-1 win.
"She didn't drop a match during tryouts or practice," Gilbert said. "You could tell that she had that composure to her. She played second singles last year, so she had a lot of varsity experience already and she's just a very composed player out there. She's had quite a few long matches."
Scioto was 7-6 overall before playing Wellington on Sept. 26.
The Irish are 3-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division entering their league finale Tuesday, Oct. 3, at home against Delaware. The match against the Pacers has been postponed twice because of bad weather. The first time was Aug. 22 and the second was Sept. 19.
Jerome, which defeated Scioto 5-0 in a league match Sept. 7, had clinched at least a share of its 14th consecutive league title before facing Thomas Worthington on Sept. 26. The Celtics entered the match 5-0 in league play.
The Irish also lost to Hilliard Bradley 3-2 on Sept. 5 in a league match that Lambillotte missed because of an illness.
After reaching a district-qualifying match in singles last season in a Division I sectional, Lambillotte is hoping to advance to district for the first time.
"I definitely want to get to district," she said. "I'm hoping to get to state. I just need to be in the right mindset. I have to play my game and not freak out."
Scioto will compete in a sectional Oct. 5 and 7 at Bradley, Pickerington Central, Reynoldsburg or Upper Arlington. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 12 at Bradley and Oct. 14 at UA.
"She's not satisfied with where she's at," Gilbert said. "A lot of players may be complacent once they realize they're (playing) first singles, but she has goals and she vocalizes them to me. She wants to make a run at sectional (and reach district)."
Lambillotte would like to play in college and is considering attending Central Florida.
rallies past Jaguars
The girls volleyball team began the second round of OCC-Cardinal play Sept. 20 by rallying to beat Bradley 17-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-10.
The Irish were 6-9 overall and 3-4 in the league before playing Hilliard Darby on Sept. 26.
Field hockey team
struggling for wins
The field hockey team was 1-9 overall before playing Columbus School for Girls on Sept. 27 and is 0-6 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division.
Scioto entered the contest having been shut out in five consecutive games, all losses. The Irish's most competitive game during that stretch was a 1-0 loss to the Hilliard Lynx club team on Sept. 11. Goalkeeper Christina Redfox had seven saves against the Lynx.
The Irish defeated Lancaster 1-0 on Sept. 6.
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 30 -- Boys: Midwest Meet of Champions at Hilliard Darby; Girls: Buck Creek Invitational at Springfield
*Oct. 4 -- At Coffman
Sept. 30 -- Jerome Honorary Invitational at Tartan Fields
Oct. 3 -- Division I sectional at Clover Valley. Top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 10 at Apple Valley.
Oct. 2 -- Worthington Kilbourne at Tartan Fields
Oct. 3 -- Division I sectional at Mentel Memorial. Top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 10 at Cooks Creek.
Sept. 30 -- At Westland
*Oct. 3 -- At Hilliard Bradley
Sept. 30 -- At Newark
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley
Oct. 2 -- Home vs. Chillicothe
*Oct. 3 -- Home vs. Delaware in a makeup from Sept. 19
*Sept. 28 -- Worthington Kilbourne at Davis Middle School. The Irish lost to the Wolves 25-12. 25-21, 24-26, 20-25, 15-9 on Aug. 31.
*Oct. 3 -- At Thomas Worthington. The Irish defeated the Cardinals 25-11, 25-15, 25-23 on Sept. 5.