Coach Becky Grubich's return led to a successful season for the Gahanna Christian Academy girls volleyball team.

Coach Becky Grubich's return led to a successful season for the Gahanna Christian Academy girls volleyball team.

Grubich, who previously led the Eagles in 2010, guided the squad to a 12-10 overall record this fall.

She replaced Donna Walker-Griffin, who coached the team for one season.

"I'm very happy with our record," Grubich said. "We progressed this season and in the second half of the season beat some teams that we lost to in the first part of the season."

After a first-round bye in the Division IV district tournament, ninth-seeded Gahanna Christian defeated 15th-seeded Madison Christian 25-17, 25-23, 19-25, 28-26 in the second round Oct. 20 before losing to top-seeded Delaware Christian 25-13, 25-16, 25-7 in a semifinal Oct. 22.

Delaware Christian went on to win a district title and was a regional runner-up.

Gahanna Christian went 2-10 in the MOCAL to tie Granville Christian and Madison Christian for fifth behind Delaware Christian (12-0), Shekinah Christian (10-2), Northside Christian (7-5) and Tree of Life (7-5).

Gahanna Christian's league wins came against Granville Christian (25-22, 25-9, 25-8 on Sept. 27) and Madison Christian (25-14, 25-19, 25-17 on Sept. 29).

"The MOCAL is strong and it's getting stronger every year," Grubich said.

Setter Autumn Paugh led the seven-player senior class. She had 91 aces and was named to the all-league team.

Senior all-around player Katie Downing (165 kills) was honorable mention.

"We had a combination of a lot of new people, which helped a lot with team dynamics," Downing said. "We had a lot more girls who were specialized and we had a bigger team, so we were able to work on a lot more scrimmaging drills and game situations and that helped a lot."

Players eligible to return are freshmen Michaela Grubich (all-around), Rachael Manko (defensive specialist) and Olivia Sauder (all-around). Michaela Grubich is the coach's daughter.

"The seniors were a great group to work with," coach Grubich said. "We had an excellent year. I was pleased to be able to coach them (and) get to know them, and we had a lot of fun and worked hard."

Boys soccer team has 'learning' season

The boys soccer team finished 2-10 overall under first-year coach Mike Fluhart Jr.

After a first-round bye, the 17th-seeded Eagles lost to 10th-seeded Granville Christian 11-1 in the second round of the Division III district tournament Oct. 22.

"It was definitely a learning experience, but we had a good year," Fluhart said.

Junior forward Josh Roehr-enbeck scored six goals and was named to the all-league team.

Sophomore forward/midfielder Caleb Robinson was honorable mention.

The Eagles went 0-5 in the MOCAL to finish sixth behind co-champions Madison Christian and Tree of Life (both 4-0-1), Delaware Christian (3-2), Granville Christian (2-3) and Northside Christian (1-4).

Gahanna Christian defeated Village Academy 5-0 on Sept. 30 and Eastmoor Academy 2-1 on Oct. 3.

Other players eligible to return are junior Kyle Parsons (forward/midfielder), sophomores Matt Downs (defen-der), Rob Mason (defender) and Dylan Smith (goal-keeper/defender) and freshman Ryan Barrett (goalie/def-ender/midfielder).

The Eagles lose six seniors. Fluhart commended them for their contributions to the program.

"They were a good group to work with," Fluhart said. "A lot of the kids hadn't played soccer before. They came out just to support the school. That provided a lot of learning opportunities, but they wanted to be there and keep the soccer program going."

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