The Ready High School girls volleyball team provided further proof Oct. 31 of how its overall record meant nothing once it got to the postseason.

The Ready High School girls volleyball team provided further proof Oct. 31 of how its overall record meant nothing once it got to the postseason.

During a Division III district final at Marion Harding, the eighth-seeded Silver Knights lost the first game but rallied to beat seventh-seeded Marion Pleasant 17-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-11 and earn their fifth district title.

Ready, which lost to the Spartans 25-22, 25-21, 16-25, 19-25, 17-15 on Aug. 24, won its third match this postseason over a higher seed and captured its first district title since 2012.

"It definitely feels really good," senior outside hitter/mid-dle hitter Morgan Ball said. "We've been a district runner-up the past two years and we lost to Pleasant earlier this year, but I think we've definitely grown as a team. I thought this was one of the best (matches) we've played all year."

The Knights were 14-12 before playing St. Henry in a regional semifinal Nov. 4 at Millbury Lake. The winner plays Tontagany Otsego or Huron at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Lake, with the regional champion to play Williamsport Westfall, Albany Alexander, Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley or Frankfort Adena in a state semifinal Nov. 12 at Wright State.

Ready, which lost to Marengo Highland each of the past two seasons in district finals, seized control against Pleasant by speeding up the tempo, coach Mark Sisler said.

"We know our record isn't as good as we want it to be, but we recognize it's because of the schedule we've played," senior outside hitter/defensive specialist Holly Guggenbiller said. "I think we've really pulled together. We've had a couple tough practices and a couple team meetings and just had to find our rhythm."

The Knights advanced to their eighth consecutive district championship match when they beat sixth-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek 25-15, 20-25, 27-25, 25-14 on Oct. 27 at Harding.

Colvin rallies to reach state

Senior Kathleen Colvin knew exactly what she had to do during the final stretch of the Division III regional girls cross country meet Oct. 31 at Pickerington North.

She passed Sugarcreek Garaway's Lauren Violet for the 16th and final state-qualifying berth and will compete Saturday, Nov. 7, at National Trail Raceway.

"It was pretty close," Colvin said. "I beat (Violet) out with 50 meters to go. I heard people saying the places so I knew how many people I had to pass. I was working pretty hard the whole race. I wasn't really planning on using a ton of energy at the end, but I knew I'd have enough energy if I needed it."

Colvin finished in 20 minutes, 28.5 seconds and Violet was 17th in 20:32.3. Garaway's Rachel Wentworth won in 18:40.3.

"I haven't had some of my best times (at Pickerington North) but I like the course," said Colvin, who was making her third regional appearance and was Ready's only competitor.

Football team falls to Hawks

It was a rough final weekend of the season for the football team.

Ready entered its game Oct. 30 against Hartley at Hilliard Bradley looking to win the CCL-Gold Division title and clinch a playoff berth but lost 40-3 to finish 6-4.

The Knights still had a chance to make the Division VI, Region 21 playoffs even after the loss if Newark Catholic had lost Oct. 31 against Watkins Memorial, but the Green Wave won 22-20 to secure the eighth and final spot in the region while Ready finished ninth.

Sophomore running back Devin Dukes, who rushed for more than 2,100 yards through nine games, was among a group of players who did not play in the regular-season finale because of an off-the-field situation.

Hartley scored all of its points in the first half and the second half was played with a running clock.

Dominic Lombardi threw for 78 yards but was intercepted twice, and Ready finished with just 84 yards of offense and seven first downs.

Girls soccer team to lose three seniors

The girls soccer team will lose three seniors in forward Delaney Cutteridge and midfielders Annie Mesewicz and Rachel Neff.

After going 6-11-1 a year ago, the Knights improved to 9-8 overall this fall.

Their season ended with a 1-0 shootout loss at fifth-seeded Columbus School for Girls in the second round of the Division III district tournament. The game was scoreless in the second overtime when it was halted because of darkness Oct. 21.

CSG won the shootout 4-2 after play resumed the next day.

Ready was the sixth seed and had a first-round bye.

"(The tournament game) was probably the best we've looked all season," said coach Benjamin Au, whose team also lost to CSG 5-1 on Sept. 24. "We've got 18 girls and we've not had one game all season when we had everyone healthy and eligible at the same time."

Mesewicz missed the last four games with an ankle injury.

Ready played the season's first half without sophomore midfielder Kelly Huber, a transfer from Watterson who had to sit out because of OHSAA rules.

The Knights went 0-4 in the CCL to finish behind Watterson (4-0), DeSales (3-1), Hartley (2-2) and CSG (1-3).

Among those eligible to return are juniors Maria Menke (defender) and Haley Meyer (goalkeeper) and sophomores Dani Hall (forward), Kim Lloyd (forward/goalie), Natalee Patel (defender), Morgan Ritterbeck (midfielder) and Payton Ritterbeck (forward/midfielder).

Morgan Ritterbeck and Neff were first-team all-league and Hall and Lloyd made second-team all-league.

Neff had 16 goals and nine assists, Payton Ritterbeck had nine goals and Hall added five goals.

"We've got eight sophomores coming back next year, so we've got a really good core coming up," Au said. "Hopefully our freshmen will continue to develop and be able to contribute."