The Delaware Hayes High School girls volleyball team reached the midway point in the OCC-Capital Division schedule last Tuesday.

The Delaware Hayes High School girls volleyball team reached the midway point in the OCC-Capital Division schedule last Tuesday.

The Pacers, who won their first two league matches, finished the first round at 3-3 after defeating Olentangy Orange 25-22, 25-10, 18-25, 25-22.

In between were consecutive losses to Big Walnut, Hilliard Bradley and New Albany.

"We got caught up and were too worried about winning and losing, especially after the loss to Bradley," coach Doug Franz said. "I've told them that our focus needs to be on coming out and doing the things we need to do, not on trying not to lose. If they do what we're supposed to do, be accountable for yourself and for each other, that will take care of the results."

The Pacers let the match against New Albany slip away Sept. 17 after winning two of the first three games. They lost 25-14, 23-25, 13-25, 26-24, 15-9.

Delaware snapped the losing streak last Monday, beating non-league North Union 25-12, 25-22, 25-12. The Pacers used that as a springboard against Orange and are now on a three-match win streak after beating Hilliard Davidson 25-22, 25-16, 25-21 last Wednesday to improve to 6-5 overall.

"We learned some mental lessons during the losing streak, and we're starting to turn the corner now," said Franz, whose team returns to action Tuesday as host to Mount Vernon. "We realize we're going to make mistakes and that we have to get beyond them. We can't control what happened in the past. We need to control what happens in the future."

Against Orange, Liz Palmer had 10 kills and 11 blocks, four of which were solo. Ashley Sprau had 10 kills and 25 digs, Carly Shaw supplied 36 assists and Hilary McGinnis added 18 digs. Abby Kremer had six blocks.

Megan Swan led the charge against North Union with 14 kills.

"We've played much better recently, but we did run into a problem against Orange that we also had in the losing streak," Franz said. "We were waiting for the ball to come to us rather than going to the ball. We need to move our feet more defensively and work together. At times we're waiting for somebody else to make a play instead of each individual making a play. We kind of look at each other to see what's happening. I'd rather see two girls going for the ball than two girls standing and looking at the other to make a play. We need to get rid of that, be more aggressive."

•After opening the season 1-4-1, the girls soccer team began to find its rhythm.

The Pacers reached .500 with a three-game winning streak, only to have that snapped by Big Walnut last Tuesday in a 6-1 loss.

It was the first league loss for Delaware, which is 4-5-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the OCC-Capital.

"We were moving the ball well, communicating, playing well in the back and everything was improving and coming along and then we go out and get beat badly at Big Walnut," coach Dan Fuchs said. "The important thing now is we have to rebound from this to get better. It's disappointing because we're a better team than we showed, but we've got to learn from this loss and move on.

"We can't dwell on it or sulk about it. There's nothing we can do now about it. If we do dwell on it, it'll be a long month. We have to bounce back and look forward to rebounding."

The Pacers had some time to get over it, as they won't compete again until Tuesday when they play host to league-foe Hilliard Bradley. Most Delaware teams had a light schedule last week because it was Little Brown Jug week.

"We'll do some fitness and have some fun practices to make sure the girls are enjoying soccer," Fuchs said. "Part of competing hard is also creating a fun environment to enable the players to enjoy the season."

Fuchs said captains Emily Shellhouse, Sam Shaw and Tori Bias played well during the winning streak and that they will need to help the team get past the ugly loss.

Fuchs also said Anna Burns has played well and consistent at midfield and that the backs were in rhythm, led by Grace Naticchia in the center. The third-year coach is also pleased with the work of forwards Sammy Cremer, Sammy Rupp, Susan Thomson and Emily Mengerink. He has been playing them in tandems.

"That has worked out very well because they're all going out there and putting in extremely hard minutes in 10-minute shifts," Fuchs said. "They're playing well together and they know if they bust it hard, we'll give them some breathers."

•The boys golf team shot a 330 to finish fourth in the final round of OCC-Capital play last Wednesday at Players Club. The Pacers also finished fourth in the final league standings at 13-11.

New Albany (306) won the round, with Mount Vernon (311) and Watkins Memorial (321) also finishing ahead of Delaware. Big Walnut (332), Olentangy Orange (332) and Hillaird Bradley (359) followed.

Mount Vernon won the team championship at 22-2, followed by New Albany (17-7), Watkins Memorial (17-7), Delaware (11-13), Orange (11-13), Big Walnut (4-20) and Bradley (0-24).

Matt Mosca led the Pacers with a 77 last Wednesday. Tyler Carney-Debord had a 78 and was followed by Kyle Edwards (87) and Christian Rupp (88). Jackson Coolahan's 103 was discarded.

The Pacers, who competed last Saturday in the Hilliard Invitational, have one regular-season match remaining, Oct. 8 in the Delaware County Invitational at Millcreek.

That comes two days after competing in the Division I sectional at Darby Creek. The Pacers will be in the first group off the tee, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Also at Apple Valley are No. 4 seed Dublin Coffman and No. 5 seed Pickerington North. The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the district Oct. 13 at Apple Valley.

Also advancing to district will be the top three teams and top three individuals from the sectionals at Granville and at Players Club. Seeded teams at Granville are No. 1 St. Charles, No. 3 Mount Vernon and No. 6 Watkins Memorial. Second-seeded Dublin Jerome will compete at Players Club.

Hayes' Ashley Sprau returns a shot in front of teammate Hannah Howser during an OCC-Capital Division match last Tuesday against Olentangy Orange. The Pacers won 25-11, 25-10, 18-25, 25-22.

The Pacers' Blake Lehman heads upfield last Tuesday with Big Walnut's Tim Chucta and Ben Mason (right) giving chase.

At a glance

The following are recent results and coming schedules for the Delaware Hayes boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis, girls volleyball and boys and girls cross country teams:


Last Monday -- Finished 12th (343) in 20-team Big Walnut Invitational at Rattlesnake Ridge as Pickerington North (308) won. Scoring were Tyler Carney-Debord (80), Matt Mosca (82), Kenton Ellis (86) and Christian Rupp (95).

*Last Wednesday -- Finished fourth (330) in final round of OCC-Capital play at Players Club behind champion New Albany (306), Mount Vernon (311) and Watkins Memorial (321)

Last Saturday -- Competed in Hilliard Invitational

Of note: The Pacers finished fourth in the final league standings at 13-11, behind champion Mount Vernon (22-2) as well New Albany and Watkins Memorial, which tied for second at 17-7. Olentangy Orange (11-13), Big Walnut (4-20) and Hilliard Bradley (0-24) followed.


Sept. 19 -- Defeated Fairbanks 3-1. Matt Naticchia scored twice and Phoenix Neitzelt had the other goal. Alex Stanton had an assist and Nate Stuntz made seven saves in handing Fairbanks its first loss, as it dropped to 5-1-1.

*Tuesday -- Lost to visiting Big Walnut 4-0. Stuntz had eight saves, but Delaware had little offense against a team that improved to 6-0-2 and had not allowed a goal all season.

*Tuesday -- At Hilliard Bradley

Thursday -- At Pickerington North

Of note: The Pacers are 3-5-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the OCC-Capital.


*Last Tuesday -- Lost to Big Walnut 6-1. Kristin Yannacey scored. Taylor Franklin had six saves.

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley

Thursday -- Home vs. Newark

Of note: The Pacers are 4-5-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the OCC-Capital.


*Last Monday -- Match vs. Big Walnut postponed because of bad weather. It was rescheduled Sept. 28.

*Last Tuesday -- Lost to New Albany 4-1. Bri Sturm had the Pacers' win, beating Lexi Davis 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 at first singles.

*Monday -- Home vs. Big Walnut in match postponed Sept. 8 and Sept. 21 because of bad weather

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange

Wednesday -- At River Valley

Saturday -- OCC-Capital tournament at New Albany

Of note: The Pacers are 5-6 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Capital.


Last Monday -- Def. North Union 25-12, 25-22, 25-12

*Last Tuesday -- Def. Olentangy Orange 25-11, 25-10, 18-25, 25-22

Last Wednesday -- Def. Hilliard Davidson 25-22, 25-16, 25-21

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Mount Vernon. The Pacers won the first meeting 25-17, 25-17, 26-24 on Sept. 3.

*Thursday -- Home vs. Watkins Memorial. Delaware won the first-round match 25-17, 25-9, 25-14 on Sept. 8.

Of note: The Pacers are 6-5 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Capital.


Sept. 19 -- Boys: Finished 21st (559) of 29 teams in Cross Country Festival at Galion as Medina (46) won. Scoring were Steve Swisher (57th, 17:18.38), Daniel Nethers (93rd, 17:49.29), Zach Flint (118th, 18:15.63), Bobby Oliver (135th, 18:31.84) and Jordan Sistrunk (156th, 19:04.16). Girls: Finished 23rd (624) of 28 teams as Notre Dame Academy (75) won. Scoring were Harlee Mollenkopf (70th, 21:12.61), Kathleen Jackson (102nd, 22:01.61), Alanna Sturgill (137th, 22:53.55), Christiana Binkley (143rd, 23:04.75) and Kelly Robinson (172nd, 26:02.73).

Last Saturday -- Competed in Cardinal Stritch Invitational at Maumee State Park

Saturday -- Erin Nance Fall Distance Classic at London

*OCC-Capital contest