Dublin Scioto High School girls volleyball coach Jackie Wilson admits she sometimes glances at the banners in the gymnasium that display the school's team titles.
Wilson and her players are hoping to add a banner to that collection this fall.
The Irish are seeking their first league title since 2007 and were 9-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Worthington Kilbourne on Oct. 2.
"That's always the goal," Wilson said of winning a league title. "It would be huge. That's what you work for, that's why you do it."
The Wolves, who lost to Scioto 14-25, 25-21, 19-25, 26-24, 15-11 on Aug. 29, also entered the week 9-1 in the league.
"(Winning the league title) would mean a lot because we've worked so hard and we've been so close this year," senior Natalie Hutras said. "We keep working and getting better and better and working as a team."
Scioto was 13-5 overall after losing to host Logan and Pickerington Central in a tri-match Sept. 29. The Irish lost to the Chieftains 21-25, 26-24, 28-26 and lost to the Tigers 25-22, 23-25, 25-17.
Scioto avenged its league loss by defeating Delaware 25-8, 25-20, 25-18 on Sept. 25 at home. The Irish had lost to the host Pacers 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19 on Aug. 23.
"That was our only OCC loss through the first half of OCC play and, not to take any credit away from them when we played them at their place, but we didn't play our style," Wilson said. "We were well-prepared for (the rematch with the Pacers). Our execution, especially in the first set, showed that."
The Irish won their fifth consecutive match by defeating visiting Hilliard Darby 25-16, 25-21, 29-17 in league play Sept. 27.
"We can't have any letdowns," Wilson said. "Our conference is so good top to bottom, we have to come prepared to play like this no matter who we're playing."
Through 16 matches, Karleigh Rothe led the team in kills with 116, followed by Lauren Erickson (111), Hutras (108) and Ashleigh Rothe (92). Abby Leonard led in assists with 260, Ayva Leon led in digs with 150, Ashleigh Rothe had a team-high 34 aces and Karleigh Rothe led in blocks with 31.
"Our biggest strength is probably our balance," Wilson said. "You can't focus on any one player. You have to be ready to defend all six of our hitters. Our defense is solid, so on any given night a different kid might step up and be the one to make a difference."
Hutras agreed that balance has been a key to the Irish's success.
"I feel like we're very solid at every position and we have great team chemistry and we all love each other," she said. "We're great teammates and it's a lot of fun."
Girls soccer team excelling on defense
The girls soccer team continued to receive solid defensive play heading into the latter stages of the regular season.
Scioto was 6-2-4 overall and 3-1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Hilliard Bradley on Oct. 2.
Before facing the Jaguars, the Irish had outscored their previous eight opponents 19-2 while posting seven shutouts.
Scioto defeated Thomas Worthington 1-0 on Sept. 25 as Sabrina Veliev scored and goalkeeper Brianna Rogers had 14 saves.
Rogers had four saves in a scoreless tie with Newark on Sept. 27.
Boys soccer team looking to rebound
The boys soccer team looked to end a five-game winless streak when it played Bradley on Oct. 2.
The Irish were 4-5-3 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing the Jaguars.
Before facing Bradley, Scioto was outscored 15-4 in its previous five games.
Gavin Wigg scored in a 5-1 league loss to Thomas on Sept. 25.
Golf teams open postseason play
The boys and girls golf teams opened the postseason by competing in Division I sectionals Oct. 2.
The boys team competed in a 13-team sectional at Turnberry, where the top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Apple Valley.
The girls team competed in an 11-team sectional at Mentel Memorial, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
From both district tournaments, the top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State.
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto cross country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 6 -- Les Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington
*Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange
*Oct. 9 -- At Jerome
Oct. 4 -- Home vs. Watterson
*Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Jerome
Oct. 4, 6 -- Division I sectional at Hilliard Bradley. Top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 11 and 13 at Reynoldsburg.
*Oct. 4 -- At Thomas. The Irish defeated the Cardinals 25-14, 25-16, 25-8 on Sept. 4.
*Oct. 9 -- At Hilliard Bradley. The Irish defeated the Jaguars 25-18, 25-14, 25-19 on Sept. 6.