The Olentangy Orange High School girls tennis team soon could make history on its new courts.
The new courts, which feature a bright blue surface, are located on a hilltop west of the school behind Orange Middle School. The old courts, located just east of the high school, were razed for additional parking.
The Pioneers were 6-2 overall after defeating Dublin Jerome 3-2 on Sept. 10. They are 3-0 in the OCC-Buckeye Division and looking to secure at least a share of their first league title since winning the OCC-Capital in 2015.
"The courts are really nice, but it's an adjustment to have to go next door to the middle school," senior Livie Mauger said. "The color is nice, especially because it's easy to see if the ball is in or out."
Orange's next chance at clinching a share of its first OCC-Buckeye title is Sept. 24 against visiting Westerville South. The Pioneers were supposed to face Westerville North at home Sept. 6, but the match was postponed because of bad weather and rescheduled for Oct. 1.
"We're all so close and it's really like being around our sisters," Mauger said. "After we beat Liberty (3-2 on Aug. 23 in the league opener), we are all hugging out there on their court. We all want to win for each other."
Orange's two losses have been to a pair of Division II state powerhouses. The Pioneers lost to Columbus Academy 3-2 on Aug. 27 in the first match on the new courts and fell to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 4-1 on Sept. 7.
"We're just really deep as a team," said coach Susan Storrer, whose team was 3-1 on the new courts after defeating Jerome. "Some teams have a couple of good players, but we're able to pull girls from one court and move people around in an effort to get people playing time."
Davis leading volleyball team
Led by sophomore outside hitter London Davis, the girls volleyball team was 5-3 overall before playing Pickerington North on Sept. 11.
The Pioneers also are 1-1 in the OCC-Buckeye. They lost to Liberty 12-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 on Sept. 4 before rebounding to defeat South 25-12, 25-14, 25-18 on Sept. 6.
Davis had a team-high 84 kills through eighth matches. Taylor Metzler had 55 kills, and Madison Moll had 42 kills and 16 blocks. Sidney Gossard had a team-high 25 blocks, and Tazmin Appiah had 18 blocks. Megan McCollum led with 16 aces and 140 digs, and Hanna Borer had a team-high 229 assists along with 73 digs.
Boys soccer team wins three in a row
The boys soccer team had won three consecutive contests and was 4-2-1 before playing Big Walnut on Sept. 11.
The Pioneers open OCC-Buckeye play Thursday, Sept. 13, at Liberty.
Orange defeated Franklin Heights 8-1 on Sept. 4 and Beechcroft 8-0 on Sept. 6.
Joey Brooks scored twice and Kyle Stringer had a goal in a 3-2 win over Pickerington Central on Aug. 30. Goalkeeper Alex Beck had five saves.
Below are the coming schedules for the Orange cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 15 -- Otterbein Invitational
Sept. 15 -- At Worthington Kilbourne
*Sept. 17 -- At Dublin Jerome
*Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Dublin Coffman
Sept. 15 -- Rodney Butt Classic at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 17 -- Delaware Cup at Royal American
Sept. 18 -- Marysville at Bent Tree
Sept. 17 -- Berlin, Lancaster and Thomas Worthington at Blackhawk
Sept. 19 -- Delaware and Dublin Scioto at Oakhaven
*Sept. 13 -- At Olentangy Liberty
Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Kilbourne
*Sept. 13 -- Home vs. Liberty
Sept. 18 -- At New Albany
Sept. 18 -- At Pickerington Central
Sept. 19 -- Home vs. Pickerington North
*Sept. 13 -- At Westerville South