With the return of three full-time starters, two of whom were Division II district qualifiers last season, the Columbus School for Girls tennis team is looking to improve on last season.
The Unicorns won the CCL title a year ago, going 4-0 in league play, but finished 5-7 overall.
"We have built a rigorous schedule to continue pushing ourselves to the next level," said fifth-year coach Sean Delaney, whose team opened Aug. 14 at North Canton Hoover.
"Our goals are to continue to compete at a high level and to exemplify excellence both on and off the court. We've got a number of upperclassmen looking at strong postseason runs."
Senior Rosie Gliatis and junior Helen Hoag return after playing in the top two singles spots during the regular season last year before getting paired in doubles in the postseason. They won a sectional title and then went 1-1 at district.
"Rosie is looking as strong as ever," Delaney said.
"She performs at a high level every time she steps foot on the court. Between her intensity, passion and drive, she is tough to beat. Helen brings an unparalleled sense of joy to the game as well as a monster serve."
Senior Emma Showe and sophomore Sophia Vershinin also are back after playing singles in the postseason last year.
Senior Paige Parker, who attended CSG as a freshman before attending Watterson the past two years, is back with the Unicorns. She is eligible only for the first half of the season under the new OHSAA transfer rule.
"Paige is back with us and is looking strong," Delaney said.
"She brings a strong and steady singles game to the table and is eager to compete. Paige is a tremendous addition. We're thrilled to have her back."
Juniors Haley Tobias and Megan Hardy and sophomores Durra Al-Assaad, Maya Garg and McKenna Merriman also are vying for positions.
"We have more team depth this year than in most recent years," Delaney said. "We have strength at the top of the singles lineup and huge doubles potential from some of the younger girls."
The Unicorns will play host to their annual doubles tournament on Saturday, Aug. 18. They open CCL play Aug. 28 against Hartley at Wolfe Park.
Golf team has more experience this year
The golf team hopes to build on what it accomplished last season.
The Unicorns qualified for the Division II district tournament at Darby Creek, finishing fifth (418) of six teams as only champion Newark Catholic (346) advanced to state.
But CSG reached district with a lineup consisting of three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior.
"We did not perform well at district, but we were so young and it was the first time on the big stage for most of the girls," third-year coach Chris Ditello said.
"I think that first experience will pay off this year and next year. I can already see a lot of improvement this year. You can tell they put in the time in preparation for this season.
"I fully anticipate so much improvement this season in terms of being able to manage their nerves and frustrations as well as their course management and discipline. We have realistic goals and expectations and I want them to enjoy the game and have fun."
CSG has four returnees in junior Vera Mehra and sophomores Kate Kramer, Caroline Kromalic and Isabella Minkin and two newcomers in junior Leslie Robins and freshman Emily Bruce.
Last season, Kramer shot an 85 at district to lead the Unicorns, followed by 2018 graduate Grayson Sokol (105).
"Emily is coming in from Upper Arlington and is showing lots of promise," Ditello said.
"She's in the same situation that Kate, Isabella and Caroline were in last year. She can learn from them. Those sophomores should be able to help Emily with some of those first-year questions."
The Unicorns opened Aug. 6 by shooting a 405 in the first round of the Mid-Ohio Girls Golf League tournament at Champions to finish behind DeSales (388) and ahead of Centerburg (447) and Licking Valley (449).
Aug. 6 -- MOGGL at Champions
Aug. 9 -- Airport Classic at Airport
Aug. 14 -- MOGGL at Raymond Memorial
Aug. 15 -- CCL preseason tournament at NorthStar
Aug. 16 -- Granville at Blacklick Woods
Aug. 20 -- Hartley at Blacklick Woods
Aug. 23 -- Granville at Denison Golf Club
Aug. 27 -- Canal Winchester at Westchester
Aug. 28 -- Fairbanks at Marysville Golf Club
Aug. 30 -- Centerburg at Blacklick Woods
Sept. 5 -- Centerburg at Wyandot
Sept. 6 -- Canal Winchester at Blacklick Woods
Sept. 11 -- MOGGL at Village View
Sept. 12 -- DeSales at NorthStar
Sept. 13 -- Olentangy Liberty at Scioto Reserve
Sept. 18 -- MOGGL at Village View
Sept. 20 -- Olentangy Liberty at Blacklick Woods
Oct. 6 -- CCL postseason tournament at NorthStar
Aug. 14 -- at North Canton Hoover
Aug. 18 -- CSG Doubles Tournament
Aug. 23 -- at Worthington Christian
Aug. 25 -- Watterson Invitational at Park of Roses
*Aug. 28 -- Hartley at Wolfe Park
Aug. 30 -- at Wellington
*Sept. 4 -- Watterson at Park of Roses
Sept. 5 -- at Columbus Academy
Sept. 11 -- vs. Olentangy Orange
*Sept. 18 -- vs. Ready
Sept. 24 -- vs. Upper Arlington
*Sept. 25 -- vs. DeSales
Sept. 26 -- vs. Pickerington Central
Oct. 1 -- vs. Olentangy Liberty
Below are the coming schedules for the Columbus School for Girls cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball teams:
Aug. 18 -- OHSAA Early Season Invitational at National Trail Raceway
Aug. 20 -- Galion Northmor Invitational
Aug. 18 -- Home vs. Cincinnati Indian Hill
Aug. 22 -- Home vs. Dublin Coffman
Aug. 21 -- Home vs. Worthington Christian
Aug. 16 -- At West Jefferson
Aug. 20 -- Home vs. Westerville South