Emily Ewen has a different way of relaxing on the court for the Hilliard Bradley High School girls volleyball team.
The senior defensive specialist has a song going through her head during tough times in practice or in a pressure-packed moment during a match. It's not any specific song, but could be one of many.
"I don't (sing) it out loud, but in a stressful situation, it helps to think of my favorite song," said Ewen, a vocalist off the court. "It not only keeps me distracted from the pressure, but it also helps to keep me focused.
"Singing and performing is like a stress-reliever for me. I have always done it. Music is something everyone can understand. You don't need an advanced degree to realize what a person is trying to get across from their music."
Ewen said her passion for music started fairly simply, watching reality singing competitions on TV with her mother, Sherry. She would sing with her mother and later joined the choir at school before participating in school musicals. Last spring, she portrayed the Wicked Witch of the West in Bradley's rendition of "The Wizard of Oz."
"I like jazz, ballads, really all musical styles," she said. "I haven't taken voice lessons other than choir. (Singing) has really become a passion."
Ewen had 81 digs and 10 aces through 20 matches for the Jaguars, who were 11-9 overall and 6-6 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Dublin Scioto on Oct. 9.
"Emily is such a great role model for the athletes in our program," coach RyAnne Ufferman said. "She excels in academics, theatre, choir and volleyball. She is engaged in the school culture and is a leader at Bradley because of her participation in more than just sports. Her spirit and enthusiasm are contagious, and her peers respond to her because they know how much positivity matters. She's a class act on and off the court."
Ufferman was the program's original coach, but left in 2014 after six seasons to spend time with her family. She returned this season.
"Our team dynamic is really good and we all get along really well," Ewen said. "Coach Ufferman's style of coaching is different because she is very competitive, but she isn't mean about it. She genuinely cares about what we do outside volleyball as well as what we do on the court."
Ewen, who has a 4.0 GPA, wants to study vocalization in college and has looked into attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a college conservatory for performing arts in New York City.
Singing and volleyball might not seem to have a lot in common, but Ewen believes they complement one another.
"Volleyball is such a physical sport, but it's still probably 40 percent physical and 60 percent mental," she said. "It's the same for singing. Anyone can sing, but you need to present it and what you are trying to say with it."
Dixon, Kisin reach district in doubles
Senior Corinne Dixon and sophomore Nina Kisin of the girls tennis team advanced to the Division I district tournament Thursday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Reynoldsburg in doubles.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district advance to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Seeded third in the home sectional Oct. 5 and 6, Dixon and Kisin went 3-1 and placed third as the top four finishers in singles and doubles qualified for district.
Also in doubles, senior Cat Whetstone and sophomore Reyann Askar went 0-1.
In singles, sophomore Dhriti Sanyasi went 1-1 and senior Karay Hill and freshman Madison Kennedy both went 0-1.
Boys golfers fall short at sectional
Junior Michael Chapman of the boys golf team was eliminated in a three-hole playoff for a chance to play in the Division I district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
Chapman shot a 76 in a sectional Oct. 2 at Darby Creek to tie Grove City's Jeremiah Bane and Ian Johnston and Worthington Kilbourne's John Catanzarite. The four players then competed in the playoff for the final three district-qualifying spots.
Bane and Johnston advanced after one hole, but it took two more holes before Catanzarite earned the final district berth.
Bradley finished fifth (318) at sectional behind district-qualifiers Dublin Coffman (300), St. Charles (302), Westerville Central (311) and Upper Arlington (315).
Also competing for the Jaguars were junior Tyler Mordarski (78), sophomore Tison Alexander (80), sophomore Luke Lehman (84) and senior Josh Stoof (97).
The Jaguars were led by fourth-year coach Scott Allen.
Girls golfers end season at sectional
The girls golf team shot a 389 to finish sixth in a Division I sectional Oct. 2 at Mentel Memorial, as UA (319), Coffman (333) and DeSales (372) advanced to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
Sophomore April Parkin led the Jaguars with a 93, finishing 10 strokes behind the final individual district qualifier.
Also competing were seniors Christy Hribar and sophomore Lindsey Thom (both 98) and sophomores Callie Hribar (100) and Allie Waggener (101).
The Jaguars were led by first-year coach Chuck Burkhart.
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 13 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Davidson
Oct. 11 -- At Olentangy
Oct. 17 -- Home vs. 42nd-seeded Briggs in first round of Division I district tournament. The Jaguars are seeded 10th.
Oct. 13 -- At Canal Winchester
Oct. 15 -- Home vs. 41st-seeded Franklin Heights in first round of Division I district tournament. The Jaguars are seeded 13th.
*Oct. 11 -- At Darby. The Jaguars defeated the Panthers 23-25, 25-7, 25-14, 21-25, 16-14 on Sept. 13.
Oct. 15 -- Home vs. 24th-seeded Davidson in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays host to 41st-seeded Central Crossing in second round Oct. 17. The Jaguars are seeded 17th.