Coach Betty Cameron said her Hilliard Davidson High School girls volleyball team is looking for consistency as it begins the second round of OCC-Central Division play.

Coach Betty Cameron said her Hilliard Davidson High School girls volleyball team is looking for consistency as it begins the second round of OCC-Central Division play.

The Wildcats were 7-9 overall and 4-4 in the league before playing Central Crossing on Sept. 29. They entered the contest having lost four consecutive matches and six of their last eight.

"We are playing inconsistently right now," Cameron said. "We need to work harder on the little details of the game in practice and focus on getting better every day. We also need to work together as a team and put the team in front of everything else."

Davidson lost league matches to Marysville (27-29, 25-20, 25-13, 22-25, 15-8 on Sept. 21) and Dublin Coffman (25-11, 25-7, 25-13 on Sept. 24). It also lost to Worthington Kilbourne (25-16, 25-20, 25-13 on Sept. 22) and Jonathan Alder (25-16, 25-12, 25-8 on Sept. 26) last week.

Through 15 matches, Kendyl Paris led team in kills (208) and blocks (45) and had 268 digs. Kelsey Zody led with 389 assists and had 93 digs. Emilee Fecht had 97 kills with 30 blocks, and Skylar Mix had 62 kills. Ari Sherzai led with 267 digs, and Izzy Jimenez added 97 digs. Emily Landenberger had 22 total blocks and Aubrey Rolon had 76 digs.

Panthers hope to benefit from schedule

Darby coach Joe Ross has been preparing his team for tough OCC-Cardinal competition with challenging tests against non-league opponents.

The Panthers were 8-8 overall and 6-2 in the league before playing Dublin Jerome on Sept. 29.

Darby has lost its last five non-league matches, all against top-flight competition, according to Ross. Among those opponents were two traditionally strong programs in DeSales (25-16, 25-13, 25-23 on Sept. 14) and Newark (14-25, 24-26, 25-19, 25-17, 18-16 on Sept. 15). The Stallions were a Division I state semifinalist last year.

The Panthers also lost three matches in the Clash at Casstown Miami East on Sept. 19, falling to Decatur (Ind.) Belmont (17-25, 25-11, 25-16), Ready (25-18, 26-24) and Monroe (Ind.) Adams Central (25-19, 22-25, 25-18).

"I believe our division of the OCC has a lot of talent from top to bottom," Ross said. "That is one of the main reasons why I wanted to increase the strength of our non-conference schedule.

"While that means we've had some losses in the last few weeks, each match is helping our girls keep moving forward at the level in which we want to play. After defeating Westerville North (25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 25-19 on Sept. 24), we are ... in the mix for the (league) title."

Through 16 matches, Madison Smith led the Panthers with 157 kills, followed by Madelyn Kucinic had 81. Lauren Chance had a team-leading 16 blocks and Quinn Coppess had 80 kills and 25 aces. Kali Apelt led the team with 359 assists and had 152 digs, 13.5 blocks and 21 aces, and Anita Perie led with 193 digs and had 21 aces. Monica Carsey had 13 blocks and Cambron Hampton had 101 digs with 15 aces.

Jaguars snap their seven-match losing streak

Bradley defeated Jerome 27-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-15 on Sept. 24 in OCC-Cardinal play to halt a seven-match losing streak.

The Celtics were 4-9 overall and 2-6 OCC-Cardinal before playing Westerville South on Sept. 29.

"The girls have a great mindset with all the adversity they are facing as a group, which is all you can ask for as a coach," coach Chelsea Noble said. "I am very proud of their willingness to keep pushing even in times of doubt."

The skid included league matches against Dublin Scioto (25-14, 25-19, 25-10 on Sept. 17) and Darby (25-17, 25-20, 18-25, 26-24 on Sept. 21).

Noble said Maggie Adams and Donna Brown have led Bradley in scoring, Haylie Phillips has led in assists and Sam Barton and Lauren Renner have led in digs.