At this point it doesn't seem like playing for a Division II district title even fazes the Hartley High School volleyball team.

At this point it doesn't seem like playing for a Division II district title even fazes the Hartley High School volleyball team.

The Hawks have won five consecutive district titles and aim to win their 10th overall.

It starts with a district semifinal today against No. 7 Jonathan Alder at Pickerington North.

If Hartley wins, it will play for the district championship against No. 5 Hilliard Bradley or No. 9 Buckeye Valley on Saturday at Pickerington North.

The district champion plays in a regional match Nov. 3 at Granville.

Jonathan Alder enters today's match having won eight of its last 10, but the Pioneers did lose all three matches they played against CCL opponents during the regular season.

"There's always pressure when you get to the district semis," outside hitter Lauren Hughes said. "I think we just need to focus on ourselves instead of worrying too much about who we're playing."

The Hawks advanced to the district semis by defeating Hamilton Township 25-9, 25-22, 25-17 in a second-round match last Saturday. The second game was pivotal in the win. The Rangers led 17-13 at one point, but the Hawks rallied, winning seven of the next nine points to take a 20-19 lead that they held on to. The rally was led by two kills from outside hitter Molly Shonk and one each from Hughes and middle hitter Brooke Betts.

The third game was close the entire time. Hartley consistently led but never by more than three points until middle hitter Reese Walaszek's kill made the score 21-17.

"I think the second set was a bit of a mental check for us," coach Max Miller said. "I think the athletic ability and the speed of the game were definitely on our side, so it was just a reality check of this is a pressure situation kind of like a league match where there's full gyms."

•Rachael Morales fell short in her attempt to win a Division II state tennis title in singles.

Morales opened the tournament with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Drew Fillis of Toledo Ottawa Hills. That put Morales in the quarterfinals where she lost 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to Emily Mazzola of Chagrin Falls. It was the first three-set match Morales had played all season. In last year's state tournament Morales defeated Mazzola 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

Mazzola finished fourth. Waynesville's Alyssa Ritchie repeated as state champion, with Lexington's Courtney Earnest finishing second.

•The field hockey team ended its season with a 1-0 loss to Olentangy in the second round of the district tournament. The Hawks were disappointed in the loss considering they beat Olentangy 4-0 in a regular-season game on Oct. 14.

"It was one of those games where we dominated play but we just weren't able to finish in the circle," coach Jen Ulrich said. "Finishing has kind of been a problem for us. We've been inconsistent with it."

Hartley finished 10-6-1 and will carry the momentum of a winning season into the offseason. The Hawks lose just four seniors in Allie Groner (defender), Molly Robine (defender), Emily Strapp (forward) and Emily Sweeney (forward), however all four were starters.

One thing Ulrich is excited about is that the entire junior class, all 14 of them, are expected to return. The key players from that group includes forwards Abby Evans and Mae Livingston, who combined for 25 goals, midfielders Michelle Summers and Kaela Smith, and goalkeeper Karen Gilmore.

The top goals for the offseason include improving conditioning and defensive marking. Ulrich wants the Hawks to be able to run with the elite teams in the area.

"Talking with other coaches, I think we've earned a level of respect," Ulrich said. "I expect that other teams won't see us as an easy win any more."

•The boys and girls cross country teams are represented by individual runners at the Division II regional on Saturday at Troy.

The top four teams and top 16 individuals not on a qualifying team from the regional advance to state, which is Nov. 6 at Scioto Downs.

Representing the boys team are Connor Callahan, Eddie Held and Ian Maurer. The girls are represented by Emily Kossler, Stefanie Negron, Laura Schlagheck and Madeleine Smith.

At the Division II district meet last Saturday at Watkins Memorial, the girls were sixth (134 points) behind champion Bexley (64). Schlagheck was 15th (20 minutes, 57 seconds), Negron was 20th (21:27), Smith was 25th (21:39), Kossler was 28th (21:44), Elizabeth Morehead was 47th (22:41), Allie Wills was 49th (22:43) and Logan Baker was 52nd (22:49).

The boys were sixth (139) behind champion Granville (19). Callahan was 10th (17:22), Held was 11th (17:27), Maurer was 34th (18:40), Anthony Savino was 48th (19:38), Paul Matheke was 49th (19:46), Austin Albert was 50th (20:02) and Vince Canini was 55th (20:19).

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Hartley boys soccer and girls soccer teams:


Oct. 21 - Defeated Whitehall 5-0 in second round of Division II district tournament.

Last Tuesday - Played second-seeded Olentangy in district semifinal. The winner will play in a district final 7 p.m. Saturday at Grandview against fourth-seeded DeSales or sixth-seeded Jonathan Alder. That district winner will,play in a regional semifinal 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fairborn.

Of note: The Hawks were 8-7-2 overall before last Tuesday and had a first-round bye in the tournament.


Oct. 19 - Def. Canal Winchester 2-0 in first round of Division I district tournament

Oct. 21 - Lost to fourth-seeded Hilliard Davidson 4-0 in second round

Of note: The Hawks finished 8-8-1 overall.