Hilliard Davidson High School boys tennis player Noah Elliott has higher aspirations for this postseason.
The senior not only is looking to qualify for the Division I district tournament for the third consecutive season, but he also hopes to reach state for the first time.
Elliott is seeded second in a sectional Thursday, May 10, and Saturday, May 12, at Bradley, where the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district May 17 at Bradley and May 19 at Upper Arlington.
"That's the goal," Elliott said of qualifying for state. "I would be a very happy man if I made it to state. ... I'm really focused on this week and next week."
Elliott, who is 10-4 on the season, will face Zanesville's Ben Roman or Northland's D.J. Combs in his opening match at sectional. He needs two wins to secure a district berth.
"Being there before will help me a lot," Elliott said. "The No. 2 seed was one of my goals."
Dublin Jerome's Anish Patel is the No. 1 seed.
"Noah has a great shot to advance as far as he wants to in his sectional tournament," coach Steve De Dent said. "He has a really good draw and he just needs to go out and play tennis. He doesn't have to worry about anything else. Just go out and play tennis and play smart tennis."
Elliott, who has committed to play for Ohio Northern, teamed with 2017 graduate Chris Codogni to go 1-1 in doubles at district last season, falling one win shy of qualifying for state. As a sophomore, he went 0-1 in singles at district.
Also at sectional in singles, Jack Kamnikar will face Dublin Coffman's Peter Lin and Ethan Clark will play Groveport's Cutter Barnes in first-round matches.
In doubles, Timothy Liou and Uday Patel will play Bradley's Alex Zakrzewski and Ankit Kumar in the first round, while Justin Wingenfield and Ryan Woodford have a first-round bye.
"We just keep getting better every day. That's the thing that impresses me," De Dent said. "This is a group that is focused, this is a group that has known since day one what they wanted, and that was just to get better each and every day and do everything they could to advance as far as they can. We're playing really good tennis now, so we'll see."
Davidson finished the regular season 8-6 overall and went 2-2 in the OCC-Central Division to finish third behind UA (4-0) and Coffman (3-1).
Baseball team secures another league title
The baseball team clinched its second consecutive OCC-Central title with an 8-1 win over Westland on May 2.
The Wildcats finished 13-2 in the league.
"Our guys are excited," coach Justin Swallie said of earning the program's first back-to-back league titles since 2007 and '08.
"It was a goal that they set at the beginning of the year, and to accomplish it, that's awesome. We've set more goals and now we're looking to accomplish those."
Davidson, which lost to Darby 8-4 on May 7 to slip to 18-6 overall, is seeded fourth in the Division I district tournament and opened the postseason against 17th-seeded Jerome in the second round May 9. The winner plays sixth-seeded Lancaster or 27th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 15, at a neutral site to be determined.
The district final is May 17 at a neutral site to be determined.
"I think we're ready," Swallie said. "They're playing with a lot of energy and playing with a lot of confidence right now, so that's exciting."
Boys lacrosse team blanks rival Bradley
The boys lacrosse team had a strong performance in a 10-0 win over Bradley on May 4 and will now look to capture the Hilliard Cup for the second consecutive season when it visits Darby on Friday, May 11.
Against Bradley, A.J. VanVoorhis had three goals, Trent Nuccetelli scored two and goalkeeper Sam Backenstoe had 12 saves.
Davidson was 8-8 overall before playing Thomas Worthington on May 8 and finished 5-2 in the OCC-Central.
The Wildcats are seeded fifth of 19 teams in the Division I, Region 3 tournament and will play host to 19th-seeded Newark in the second round Tuesday, May 15. Davidson defeated Newark 16-1 on April 26.
The second-round winner plays sixth-seeded Westerville Central or seventh-seeded Darby in a regional quarterfinal May 18.
Softball team falls in tourney opener
The 36th-seeded softball lost at 25th-seeded Dublin Scioto 1-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 7 to finish 5-19 overall.
The Irish scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Davidson, which finished 2-8 in the OCC-Central, closed the regular season with a 5-4 win at Westerville South on May 5. Abby Sheets hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson girls lacrosse, track & field and boys volleyball teams:
May 10 -- Home vs. Whetstone
May 15 -- At fourth-seeded Springboro in second round of Division I, Region 3 tournament. Winner plays sixth-seeded Dublin Scioto or 10th-seeded Darby in quarterfinal May 18 at home of higher seed. Davidson is seeded 13th of 17 teams.
TRACK & FIELD
May 10, 12 -- OCC-Central meet at Dublin Coffman
May 15, 16, 19 -- Boys: Division I, district 2 meet at Darby. Top four finishers in each event advance to regional May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North.
May 16, 17, 19 -- Girls: Division I, district 3 meet at Darby. Top four finishers in each event advance to regional May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North.
May 10 -- Home vs. Thomas Worthington
May 11 -- At Olentangy Liberty
May 15 -- OCC Challenge at Darby