Tori Thompson has won many awards as a member of the Tree of Life Christian School girls volleyball team.

Tori Thompson has won many awards as a member of the Tree of Life Christian School girls volleyball team.

Earlier this season, the senior became the first player in program history to reach 1,000 kills for her career.

She was hoping to add a chance to play for a Division IV district title to her list of accomplishments.

The Trojans are seeded eighth in the district and played fourth-seeded Worthington Christian in a district semifinal on Oct. 26. The winner advanced to a district final against top-seeded Shekinah Christian or Fairfield Christian on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Pickerington North.

Tree of Life was seeking its first district final appearance.

"It would make history," Thompson said of reaching a district final. "Credit for the 1,000 kills should be for the whole team and not just me."

The district champion will advance to play Mowrystown Whiteoak, Portsmouth Notre Dame, Reedsville Eastern or Waterford in a regional semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Lancaster.

Thompson reached 1,000 kills in a 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 win over Madison Christian on Oct. 11 and entered the week with 1,078.

The Trojans reached a district semifinal after holding off Danville on Oct. 21 at Hilliard Darby. Tree of Life won the first two games 25-23 and 27-25, but Danville forced a fifth game after winning 25-18 and 25-21 in the next two games. The Trojans rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the fifth game to win 15-12.

Thompson finished the match with 28 kills. Senior outside hitter Mary Jo Homoelle had 18 kills and senior setter Hannah Pratt had 39 assists.

"This really means a lot," coach Amy Watson said of reaching a district semifinal. "Our goal this season was to win the MOCAL, but the MOCAL is really good this year, better than it's ever been. We had a few early losses and some new additions to the team, so we knew that really wasn't our goal. Our goal was to go far in the tournament."

Tree of Life finished 6-6 in the MOCAL behind first-place Delaware Christian (12-0).

•The boys soccer team was seeking a spot in a Division III district tournament final when it played Grandview in a district semifinal on Oct. 26.

The semifinal winner will play second-seeded Columbus Academy or Fisher Catholic on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Canal Winchester.

"It would be a huge accomplishment for our team," coach Bryan Troast said of reaching a district final. "It's a goal we've talked about since the beginning of the year and no other team in school history has made it there. Our goal is still to win the district, but the first step is getting there and it's something that we believe we can do."

The district champion will play Elmore Woodmore, Mansfield Christian, Old Fort or Van Buren in a regional semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Lexington.

Tree of Life advanced to a district semifinal after beating Wellington 6-0 in the second round on Oct. 22 at Olentangy. Jordan Hanson scored two goals.

"We had a great game (Oct. 22)," Troast said. "We were able to put 80 minutes of intense soccer together. I feel that we are hitting our stride at the right time and look forward to the challenge ahead."

•The girls soccer team finished the season 7-10-1 after losing to top-seeded Columbus Academy 9-2 in the second round of the Division III district tournament Oct. 21 at Academy.

The Trojans opened the tournament with a 5-1 win over Madison Christian on Oct. 17.

Senior Emma Russell led the team in scoring with 15 goals and eight assists.

Other seniors are Sarah Dannemiller, Andrea Hayest, Anna Kehlmeier, Ali Shaw and Miranda Tanner.

Tree of Life expects to return its second and third leading scorers next season in Hannah Murray (11 goals, 10 assists) and Kasey Ticknor (8 goals, 11 assists). Kailah Sanders should be another key returnee.

Kristen Crews, Caroline Hanson and Kasey Ticknor split time in goal in place of Hayest, who had an ankle injury. Crews, Hanson and Ticknor combined for 112 saves.

"We started off the season with a lot of health problems, which caused us to rely a lot on our freshman players and required some players to move positions," coach Mark Sherrod said. "It took us a little bit of time to adjust, but about midway through the season, things clicked and we were able to pull together and get to the second round of the tournament. Overall, we improved gradually throughout the season until the last two weeks, when we really started to play good soccer."