One of the events the Reynoldsburg High School girls tennis team looks forward to every year is its home doubles tournament, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 15.
The Raiders are hoping to have their lineup intact for the eight-team event, which features first, second, third and fourth doubles teams competing in eight-game pro sets.
Senior Katelyn Whetsel and junior Abi Swift, both of whom have missed time with injuries this season, could team up on one court with senior Alexa Matan and junior Hope Chaffin likely teaming on another.
Juniors Feaven Gebrezgi and Nia Harris also likely will comprise one court at the doubles tournament, which also will include Canal Winchester, Delaware, DeSales, Gahanna, Granville, Thomas Worthington and Watkins Memorial.
"We've had some injuries and had one girl quit so we've been moving up a couple girls from (junior varsity), but we're making the best of it," coach Les Somogyi said. "They're still holding their heads high and I'm very proud of the girls. It's tough and they're doing what they need to do."
Reynoldsburg was 2-7 overall before facing Big Walnut on Sept. 11 and Delaware on Sept. 12.
With a 3-2 loss to Lancaster on Sept. 6, the Raiders closed OCC-Ohio Division action at 0-5. They also lost to Gahanna (Aug. 23) and Grove City (Aug. 28) by 3-2 scores.
Against Lancaster, Chaffin and Matan won at first doubles and Whetsel and Gebrezgi won at second doubles.
"The toughest part of the season is usually the first two weeks, and we have matches now that if my injuries subside, we have some matches we can pull out," Somogyi said.
"The girls are looking forward to (the Reynoldsburg Doubles Tournament). We're going to have a food truck there. Gahanna used to run away with (the doubles tournament), but they're pretty much on the same level with us so it should be really (competitive)."
Boys soccer team to open OCC play
On Thursday, Sept. 13, the boys soccer team plays host to Gahanna in its OCC-Ohio opener.
Last season, the Raiders lost to the Lions 5-3.
Reynoldsburg was 3-1-3 before playing Westland on Sept. 11, with its only loss coming 2-1 to Upper Arlington on Aug. 23.
The Raiders' goalkeeper duo of sophomore Brady Frydl and senior Grant Lovelace produced four shutouts through seven games.
Junior Nick Wallace had scored five goals, and junior Yobal Fishation and sophomore Crofton McDevitt both had two. Junior Jackson Harms had scored once.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, Reynoldsburg plays host to Dublin Scioto for a rematch of a game it won 4-1 last season.
The Raiders continue league play Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Grove City, which is 2-2-2. The teams tied at 2 last season.
Girls soccer team off to strong start
Entering its game Sept. 11 against Newark, the girls soccer team was 6-0-1 and had posted four shutouts.
The Raiders begin their league schedule Thursday, Sept. 13, at Gahanna and play host to Grove City on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in their next league contest.
Last season, Reynoldsburg lost 3-0 to Gahanna and 4-0 to Grove City.
The Raiders opened with six consecutive wins before tying Delaware at 1 on Sept. 6.
In a 4-2 victory over Central Crossing on Sept. 4, sophomore Ryanne Buck and junior Kendall Craiglow both scored twice and junior goalies Alissa Richmond and Alexis Sheffield made four and five saves, respectively.
Sheffield and Richmond also split time during a 1-0 win over Worthington Kilbourne on Aug. 30. Buck scored the only goal.
Sheffield made four saves as Buck scored two goals and Craiglow added one in a 3-0 victory over Westerville South on Aug. 28.
Below are the coming schedules for the Reynoldsburg cross country, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 15 -- Newark Invitational
Sept. 13 -- Watkins Memorial at Cumberland Trail
*Sept. 13 -- Home vs. Gahanna
Sept. 15 -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto
Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Whitehall
*Sept. 19 -- At Grove City
*Sept. 13 -- At Gahanna
Sept. 15 -- At Zanesville
*Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Grove City
Sept. 13 -- At Canal Winchester
Sept. 15 -- Reynoldsburg Doubles Tournament
Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Franklin Heights
*Sept. 13 -- Home vs. Pickerington Central
Sept. 17 -- At Zanesville
*Sept. 19 -- At Pickerington North