Despite playing in what he considers one of the top leagues in the area, Grove City High School girls volleyball coach Alan Pham has been pleased with his team's development.
The Greyhounds were 11-8 overall and 3-6 in the OCC-Ohio Division before playing Pickerington North on Oct. 10.
With the Division I district tournament starting next week, Grove City closes the regular season Thursday, Oct. 12, against visiting Ready.
"The league is really tough this year," Pham said. "It's great to see the improvements in all of the teams, making for great competition."
Pham said a 25-17, 21-25, 25-21, 25-22 win over Gahanna on Oct. 3 was a highlight of the season.
"We're playing much better lately. (We're) much more confident in our abilities and bouncing back much quicker from mistakes," Pham said. "We're definitely seeing some good growth in the past couple of weeks, culminating in a big win against Gahanna. It was a big step, but we still have such a high ceiling. It's pretty exciting to see the big potential for this group."
Through 19 matches, Molly Michalak led the Greyhounds in kills with 171, followed by Emily Moore with 109. Emily Scholl had 209 digs, Cierra Dunn had 44 blocks and Emily Parrett had 41 blocks.
The Greyhounds are seeded 16th for the Division I district tournament and visit 14th-seeded Canal Winchester in the first round Tuesday, Oct. 17. The winner plays sixth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or 46th-seeded Central Crossing in the second round Oct. 19 at the home of the better seed.
Two golfers advance to district
Boys golfer Nick Erwin and girls golfer Lizzie Saur competed in Division I district tournaments Oct. 10.
Erwin advanced to district at Apple Valley by qualifying from a sectional Oct. 3 at Darby Creek. He shot a 77 as the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced.
Grove City finished sixth (326) behind district-qualifiers Dublin Jerome (280), Westerville Central (314), Hilliard Davidson (319) and Pickerington North (320).
Ian Johnston (80), Jeremiah Bane (81), Nathan Eberle (88) and Kevin McKernan (94) also competed for the Greyhounds.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Oct. 20 and 21 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Saur earned a district berth at Cooks Creek by qualifying from the Royal American sectional, where she shot an 87 as the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced.
Grove City finished fourth (390) behind Olentangy Orange (298), Olentangy Liberty (327) and Watterson (365).
Avery Imes (98), Abigail Jones (99), Madisyn Boyd (106) and Ysabel Gomez (143) also competed for the Greyhounds.
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Oct. 20 and 21 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Girls soccer team preps for postseason
The girls soccer team entered its game against Pickerington North on Oct. 10 looking to clinch the OCC-Ohio title, as both teams were 3-0-1 in the league.
Grove City was 11-3-1 overall while North was 13-0-1 overall and ranked fifth in last week's Division I state poll.
The Greyhounds defeated Pickerington Central 2-1 on Oct. 3, Kilbourne 1-0 on Oct. 5 and Hartley 3-0 on Oct. 7.
Kennedy Fulks and Taryn Martin scored against Central. Courtney Anderson scored against Kilbourne, and goalkeeper Anna Guy made four saves.
Kayla Barnhart, Abby Ray and Natalie Querry scored against Hartley.
The Greyhounds are seeded 11th for the Division I district tournament and have a first-round bye. They will play host to 17th-seeded DeSales in the second round Oct. 19.
Boys soccer team looks to finish strong
The boys soccer team also was looking to win a league title Oct. 10 against Pickerington North.
The Greyhounds were 3-0-1 in the OCC-Ohio and the Panthers were 4-0 in the league entering their game.
Grove City was 7-4-3 overall. It closes the regular season Thursday, Oct. 12, against visiting Westerville South.
The Greyhounds defeated Pickerington Central 4-0 on Oct. 3 as Bryce Hull scored three goals.
Grove City is seeded 14th for the Division I district tournament and plays host to 16th-seeded Hilliard Bradley in the first round Wednesday, Oct. 18. The winner plays host to 34th-seeded Westerville North in the second round Oct. 21.
Girls tennis team competes at sectional
The girls tennis team competed in a Division I sectional Oct. 6 at Reynoldsburg but did not qualify a player for district.
In doubles, the teams of Nichole Walsh and Sierra Massey and Becca Bane and Hannah Singleton each went 1-1.
Walsh and Massey defeated Chillicothe's Ali Gossman and Heidi Arth 6-0, 6-0 before losing to Pickerington North's Kim Nguyen and Maggie Haas 6-2, 6-3 in the second round.
Bane and Singleton defeated Chillicothe's Emma Domo and Abby Pendell 6-0, 6-1 before losing to North's Anna Stanley and Corrina Moesle 6-0, 7-5 in the second round.
In singles, Brittany Bennett, Olivia Norbut and Hayley Singleton each went 0-1.
Below is the coming schedule for the Grove City cross country teams:
Oct. 14 -- OCC-Ohio meet at Lancaster