Despite a slow start to the season, the Columbus School for Girls tennis team won its first CCL championship since 2014 and now turns its attention to the postseason.
The Unicorns will compete in a Division II sectional Thursday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 7, at home. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 12 at home and Oct. 14 at Upper Arlington.
CSG, which lost three of its first four matches, was 5-6 overall after losing to Wellington 3-2 in an Ohio Tennis Coaches Association district semifinal Sept. 28 and finished 4-0 in the CCL to win the league title after being runner-up to Watterson the past two seasons.
The Unicorns opened the season with four consecutive matches against Division I opponents. They lost to North Canton Hoover 4-1 on Aug. 15, Olentangy Orange 5-0 on Aug. 16 and Dublin Coffman 4-1 on Aug. 28 but defeated DeSales 5-0 on Aug. 24 to open CCL play.
"It's definitely been an up-and-down season, but we make our schedule tough to get us ready for the postseason," coach Sean Delaney said. "We knew we had talent even though we lost three good seniors from last year. It just took us a little while to adjust."
The Unicorns clinched the CCL title by defeating Ready 5-0 on Sept. 27. Hartley and Watterson both were 2-1 in the league before facing each other Oct. 2. DeSales finished 1-3, followed by Ready (0-4).
"This is my first time winning the CCL, so it's really exciting," said junior Rosie Gliatis, who defeated Ready's Lindsay Dickerson 6-0, 6-0 at first singles Sept. 27. "We have a lot of freshmen playing for us, but we have been practicing hard and working to get better for the postseason."
Gliatis has played first singles throughout the regular season but will team up with sophomore Helen Hoag to play doubles in the postseason. Gliatis and Hoag are the top seed at sectional, while seniors Savannah Halley and Grace Weiler are the second seed.
Halley and Hoag played doubles together in the postseason a year ago, advancing to state at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, where they went 1-1.
"You are all by yourself in singles and you're alone with your thoughts," said Gliatis, who advanced to district in singles last season, losing to Columbus Academy's Himaja Reddy 6-1, 6-1 in the opening round. "Doubles is fun because you're out there with someone. You need to talk before the match about who is going to do what. Communication is so important in doubles. If you don't have it, you won't be successful."
Senior Arlyvia Chaialee is the fourth seed in singles at sectional. Also playing singles for the Unicorns are senior Imani Babatunde and junior Emma Showe.
Golf team advances
to district tourney
The golf team finished second of nine teams in a Division II sectional Sept. 25 at Blacklick Woods, advancing to district Oct. 2 at Darby Creek.
At district, the top team and the top individual not on that team advanced to state Oct. 13 and 14 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
The Unicorns shot a 395 at sectional to finish behind Newark Catholic (340) and ahead of third-place Grandview (416). The top three teams advanced to district.
Katie Kramer shot an 88 to lead CSG, followed by Vara Mehra (92), Isabella Minkin (106), Grayson Sokol (109) and Caroline Kromalic (118).
Newark Catholic's Patricia Windholtz (79) was medalist.
"I was really proud of the way we played," coach Chris Ditello said. "The weather was brutal with the heat, but I'm definitely happy with the way we performed."
The Unicorns finished third (10-7) in the four-round MOGGL tournament behind champion Granville (12-1). Kramer was medalist in two rounds of league play, shooting a 93 at Champi-ons on Aug. 7 and a 43 at Village View on Sept. 12.
"Katie has been playing well for us all season," Ditello said. "She was medalist in two of the four rounds of the MOGGL, which is great for a freshman."
way for runners
Eleanor Richardson led the cross country team in the Panther Invitational on Sept. 30 at Pickerington North.
Richardson placed 56th (21 minutes, 53.54 seconds) behind champion Jenny Seas (18:20.27) of Peebles to lead the Unicorns, who finished 17th (458 points) behind champion Fairfield Union (43).
Sarah O'Dell (111th, 23:32.78) was next for CSG, followed by Elizabeth Tierney (143rd, 24:28.97), Katie Pawlik (146th, 24:34.77), Sabrina Morse (149th, 24:41.16), Charlotte Falk (151st, 24:44.7) and Amanda Barok (180th, 25:39.48).
Below are the coming schedules for the Columbus School for Girls field hockey, soccer and volleyball teams:
*Oct. 9 -- Home vs. New Albany
Oct. 11 -- Home vs. Dublin Jerome
*Oct. 5 -- At DeSales
*Oct. 7 -- Home vs. Ready
Oct. 11 -- Home vs. Bexley
Oct. 5 -- At Madison Christian
Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Patriot Prep