After opening 4-0, the Reynoldsburg High School boys tennis team moved into a tougher portion of its schedule.

After opening 4-0, the Reynoldsburg High School boys tennis team moved into a tougher portion of its schedule.

The initial results weren't to their liking with just two vic-tories in the next five, but the Raiders believe they responded well to the adversity. The losses were to Pickerington North (5-0 on April 16), Olentangy Liberty (5-0 on April 17) and St. Charles (3-0 on April 22) in a match that was suspended by bad weather.

After taking 13 of 15 courts in its first three matches, the Raiders had lost 13 consecutive courts.

Reynoldsburg responded with 5-0 wins over OCC-Ohio Division rivals Groveport on April 23 and Lancaster last Friday and then tied Canfield for fourth (13) at the Panther Invitational last Saturday behind host Pickerington North (27), Poland Seminary (23) and Hudson (14).

"The last couple weeks have been up and down," said Chris Chang, who teamed with Josh Rich to go 2-1 and finish third in the first-doubles flight last Saturday.

"But we did a good job bouncing back against Groveport and Lancaster."

Along with the play of Chang and Rich, coach Mark Mathias was excited by a match played Saturday by the doubles team of Adam Edwards and Austin Dresbach. they trailed 7-0 and 40-love in a pro set, but came back to win 9-7.

"There were some really good teams at (Pickerington North)," Mathias said.

"I would have liked to see us finish a little higher, but we're starting to play more tennis at a higher level and that's what we'll have to do to get back in the thick of the OCC race."

Reynoldsburg faced Gahanna last Tuesday and has two league matches remaining ahead of the OCC tournament on May 9. It will play host Tuesday to Pickerington Central in a match which should play a key role in deciding postseason seeding.

Chang said those initial losses did not dampen the team's belief that it can be a strong factor in the league.

"We knew going in that those were some tough teams," hesaid.

"I think playing those teams gave us a sense of where we are and gave us more focus against the teams we should beat."

"There were some matches where we were good enough to win, but we didn't play consistently on a high enough level," Mathias said of the losses. "The kids want to do things to keep that from happening again.

"I think an OCC championship is still within our reach."

NOTEWORTHY -- Through nine matches, Rich was 5-4 at first singles and 2-1 with Chang at doubles.

Chang was 6-4, with a 4-2 mark at doubles.

Edwards and Dresbach were 4-1 on the second court. Brandon Totman and Ben Leech were 5-3 primarily at first doubles and David Heedy was 7-4 at second and third singles.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Reynoldsburg boys tennis team:

April 15 -- Defeated Granville 4-1

*April 16 -- Lost to Pickerington North 5-0

April 17 -- Lost to Olentangy Liberty 5-0

April 22 -- Lost to St. Charles 3-0. The match was suspended.

*April 23 -- Def. Groveport 5-0

*Last Friday -- Def. Lancaster 5-0

Last Saturday -- Tied Canfield for fourth (13) in Panther Invitational behind host Pickerington North (27), Poland Seminary (23) and Hudson (14) and ahead of Pickerington Central (10), St. Mary's Memorial (8) and The Plains Athens (8)

Last Monday -- Def. Chillicothe 3-2

*Last Tuesday -- Played Gahanna

Last Wednesday -- Played Westerville North

*Monday -- At Newark

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Pickerington Central

Wednesday -- At Dublin Scioto

Of note: The Raiders were 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Ohio match