The Delaware Christian School girls volleyball team doesn't mind being challenged this season.
The Eagles know that facing tougher non-league opponents will help them prepare for the Division IV district tournament, which begins Oct. 18.
"We just want to make sure we win as many (matches) as possible in the MOCAL and against other Division IV teams so that we don't get punished when it comes time for (the tournament) seeding," said 15th-year coach Jackie Boggs, whose team was 6-5 overall and 3-0 in the league before playing Shekinah Christian on Sept. 13. "We've got a tough schedule and we've got a few very good teams in the MOCAL as well. But we like it that way."
The Eagles will play seven public schools in the regular season and are playing four Division II teams and five Division III teams.
Delaware Christian had lost two of its previous three matches before Sept. 13. After defeating Worthington Christian 22-25, 25-11, 25-22, 27-25 on Sept. 6, the Eagles fell to first-year Olentangy Berlin 25-23, 25-23, 25-9 on Sept. 8 and Fredericktown 18-25, 27-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-6 on Sept. 10.
The Eagles have been led by junior Lyssi Snouffer and senior Maggie Broadfoot at outside hitter, junior Allison Grover at middle hitter and sophomore Grace Williams and junior Abbi Maurer at setter in the team's 6-2 formation.
Snouffer was the MOCAL Player of the Year last season as well as first-team all-district and honorable mention all-state. She recorded 27 kills and 25 digs against Fredericktown and 19 kills and 14 digs against Berlin.
Broadfoot had 17 digs against Berlin and Williams had 18 assists against Fredericktown, one more than she had against the Bears.
Other contributors have included senior Hannah Maurer (opposite hitter), juniors Sloane Dellipoala (middle hitter), Danielle Edwards (libero), Emily Kalb (defensive specialist) and Rachel Schneider (opposite hitter) and sophomores Elizabeth Ringley (defensive specialist) and Nikki Snedden (libero/opposite hitter).
"Lyssi is stepping up every single game and she's fun to watch and is one of the top players in central Ohio, regardless of divisions," Boggs said. "But we need for others to step up around her and we're starting to see that now."
Boys soccer team gets first victory
The boys soccer team is hampered by numbers again this season.
"We've got 13 players and it makes it difficult to compete, especially when you have an injury," said second-year coach Chris Art, a 2015 Delaware Christian graduate. "We used to have a (junior varsity) team and the previous two years we didn't have enough for a middle school team, although that was restored this year.
"Because of that, we've got a lot of young players with little experience and then we're playing full games with few subs against teams with a lot more depth. The good news is that we're seeing a lot of improvement and the morale is good despite quite a few close losses."
The Eagles defeated Ready 2-0 on Sept. 6 for their first win and were 1-7 before playing Harvest Prep on Sept. 15.
Against Ready, senior forward Jared Gibson and junior midfielder Micah Peria scored and senior goalkeeper Curtis Bean made seven saves.
The Eagles had been outscored 12-5 through eight games, with Gibson scoring four goals and Peria registering a pair of assists.
However, Peria's season ended against Ready, as he is a transfer and must sit out the second half of the season, as well as the postseason, under a new OHSAA transfer rule.
The Eagles have three seniors on the roster in Bean, Gibson and Ike Hedges (midfielder).
Others on the roster are juniors Jonah Bailey (midfielder), Gabe Nicastro (defender) and Tim Snedden (defender), sophomores Ben Otta (defender), Jamison Johnson (defen-der) and Steve Torkomoo (midfielder) and freshmen Cam Broadfoot (midfielder), Seth Rogers (forward) and Jonah Short (midfielder).
Boys golf team having strong year
The boys golf team improved to 10-0 in combined duals and tri-matches by shooting a 204 over nine holes at Indian Springs on Sept. 11 to top Shekinah Christian (237) and Village Academy (244).
Sophomore Nathan Stewart was medalist with a 43.
Stewart also earned medalist honors Sept. 7 with a 37 at Royal American as the Eagles (204) defeated Canal Winchester (221) and Westerville South (233). He also carded a match-low 37 on Sept. 4 at Mill Creek as the Eagles shot a season-low 182 to beat Tree of Life (207) and Grove City Christian (230).
At Mill Creek, Stewart was followed by junior Mitchell Smith (45), freshman Dayne Johnson (50) and junior Pryce Johnson (50).
Other contributors for coach Jonathan Smith have been seniors Jordan Edwards and Samuel Ringley, juniors Jayden Crane and Samuel Rindfuss and freshman Connor Beck.
Below are the coming schedules for the Delaware Christian boys golf, boys soccer and girls volleyball teams:
*Sept. 17 -- Tree of Life and Shekinah Christian at Marysville Golf Club
*Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Madison Christian
Sept. 22 -- At Marion Pleasant
*Sept. 18 -- At Tree of Life
*Sept. 20 -- At Granville Christian. The Eagles beat the Lions 25-6, 25-12, 25-4 on Aug. 23.