Led by five seniors who are hoping for a big finish to their prep careers, the Grove City High School girls tennis team begins the postseason when it competes in a Division I sectional tournament Thursday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 7, at Reynoldsburg.
It already has been a magical season for the Greyhounds, who were 19-4 overall before playing Hilliard Bradley on Oct. 3.
"I'd have to look back in the record book, but I can't remember if I've ever won (19) matches before," 29th-year coach Dan Witteman said. "I know I've won 15. ... It's been a good season (with) a good group of girls."
At sectional, the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district Oct. 12 at Bradley and Oct. 14 at Upper Arlington. At district, the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state Oct. 20 and 21 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Seniors Nichole Walsh and Sierra Massey are seeded fifth in doubles at sectional after Walsh played first singles for most of the season and Massey played second singles.
Last season, the pair fell one win short of qualifying for district, going 1-1 at sectional.
"I'm looking forward to playing doubles," Massey said. "It's very exciting. I love singles -- I think I've always been a great singles player -- but for doubles strategically wise, it will be good for us to play doubles. I think we're going to go pretty far."
Senior Hannah Singleton and junior Becca Bane also will play doubles at sectional, with seniors Brittany Bennett and Hayley Singleton and sophomore Olivia Norbut competing in singles.
"The draw is OK," Witteman said. "There are strong teams at (all four sectional sites). I thought we might have had a chance to get a doubles team seeded (in the top four).
"(Walsh and Massey) are in a bracket if we could fight we could advance."
Grove City finished 2-3 in the OCC-Ohio Division, and Witteman called a 3-2 setback against league-foe Gahanna on Aug. 31 a disappointing loss.
The Greyhounds split a pair of matches in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division I team tournament, defeating Chillicothe 5-0 on Aug. 18 and losing to Olentangy Orange 4-1 on Sept. 6.
Before playing Bradley, Massey was 19-1 to lead Grove City. Haley Singleton was 18-1, Bane was 15-4 and Bennett and Norbut both were 14-5.
Witteman suffered a broken jaw and received stitches on his chin after falling while playing tennis in late August. Despite the injury, which resulted in his jaw being wired shut, he has remained with the team.
Boys soccer team
seeks league title
The boys soccer team entered the week looking to keep its OCC-Ohio title hopes alive.
The Greyhounds were 6-3-3 overall and 2-0-1 in the league before playing Pickerington Central on Oct. 3. They close league play Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Pickerington North.
North was 3-0 before playing Reynoldsburg on Oct. 3, and Central was 1-1-1 before playing Grove City.
Bryce Hull scored two goals and Jack Murphy added one in Grove City's 3-2 league win over Gahanna on Sept. 26.
Hull scored both goals in a 4-2 loss to Hilliard Darby on Sept. 28.
Boys, girls golf teams
compete at sectionals
The boys and girls golf teams competed in Division I sectional tournaments Oct. 3.
The boys competed at Darby Creek, where the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Apple Valley.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state Oct. 20 and 21 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
The girls competed in a sectional at Royal American, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Cooks Creek.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state Oct. 20 and 21 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 7 -- Hilliard Darby Dash
Oct. 5 -- At Hilliard Bradley
*Oct. 10 -- At Pickerington North
Oct. 5 -- At Worthington Kilbourne
Oct. 7 -- Home vs. Hartley
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Pickerington North
*Oct. 5 -- At Pickerington Central. The Greyhounds lost to the Tigers 29-27, 25-18, 25-21 on Sept. 14.
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Pickerington North. The Greyhounds lost to the Panthers 25-21, 25-12, 25-16 on Sept. 19.