Five days before opening the postseason, the Reynoldsburg High School girls volleyball team earned its fifth victory of the season.
The Raiders defeated City League-North Division runner-up Whetstone 25-11, 25-17, 25-15 on Oct. 10 to snap a six-match losing streak.
"It was exciting," senior outside hitter/right-side hitter Tyra Barber said. "Our communication and passing have gotten better. I like the coaching style (under first-year coach Brittney McKenna)."
Reynoldsburg split with Lancaster in OCC-Ohio Division action, winning 25-23, 23-25, 25-16, 25-22 on Sept. 25 and losing 25-23, 25-19, 25-19 on Oct. 11 in its regular-season finale. The Raiders and Golden Gales tied for fifth in the league at 1-9, behind co-champions Pickerington Central and Grove City (both 8-2).
The 38th-seeded Raiders opened the Division I district tournament Oct. 15 at sixth-seeded Central in a first-round match. The winner played 14th-seeded Hamilton Township or 35th-seeded Whetstone on Oct. 17 in a second-round match at the home of the better seed.
That winner plays eighth-seeded Watterson, 16th-seeded Gahanna or 39th-seeded Westerville South in a district semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Whitehall. The district final is Oct. 27 at Whitehall.
Reynoldsburg lost to Central 25-18, 25-23, 25-15 on Sept. 13 and 25-17, 25-23, 25-15 on Oct. 4.
Barber and juniors Jessica Ricks (outside hitter/setter) and Olivia Kirksey (outside hitter/middle hitter) have been among the key players.
"We all get along well," Ricks said. "(Our coach) cares a lot about us. We just have to come together and all play our game."
Barber and Ricks, both of whom were key members of the girls track and field team last spring, have provided athleticism offensively.
"They worked as a team and played together as a team instead of individuals (against Whetstone)," McKenna said. "There's potential all the way down to the seventh grade (for the program). We're just working on (our) skills."
Runners prep for postseason
The boys and girls cross country teams begin the postseason Saturday, Oct. 20, with the Division I district meet at Hilliard Darby.
The girls are competing in district 2 and the boys are in district 3. The top five teams and top 20 individuals in district 1 and the top six teams and top 24 individuals in district 3 advance to the regional meet Oct. 27 at Pickerington North.
Both teams finished fifth in the six-team OCC-Ohio meet Oct. 13 at Lancaster, with the girls scoring 126 points to finish behind champion Lancaster (42) and the boys scoring 147 points to finish behind champion Gahanna (47).
Avril Moyer placed fourth (19 minutes, 59.3 seconds) to lead the girls, followed by Kasey Lichtner (24th, 21:55.7), Kristin Sheets (35th, 22:46.3), Abby Robinson (36th, 22:53.5) and Natalie Castello (42nd, 23:25.3).
Seth Davis finished 24th (17:35.2) to lead the boys, followed by Mars Davis (30th, 18:02.6), Brody Swisher (34th, 18:21.1), Dominic Sabo (35th, 18:24.6), Liam Bryan (38th, 18:39.1) and Kyle Cannon (39th, 18:39.9).
"All of the kids ran really well," coach Bill Crane said.
"I'm really proud of them. We had some (personal records) on this course, which is a tougher course and is nice to see. Avril Moyer finished in fourth place and she set a PR on this course, so I'm excited to see what some of these guys can do (this) week at district."
Soccer teams open tournament play
The boys and girls soccer teams opened their respective postseasons earlier this week.
On Oct. 15, the 21st-seeded girls team played host to 31st-seeded Teays Valley in a first-round Division I district tournament game.
The winner plays Thursday, Oct. 18, at 16th-seeded Olentangy Liberty, with that winner playing third-seeded Dublin Jerome, 24th-seeded Newark or 30th-seeded Central Crossing in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 27.
The Raiders beat Lancaster 4-2 on Oct. 9 to close the regular season at 9-6-1 overall and 1-4 in the OCC-Ohio. Ryanne Buck, Cassidy Collins, Isa Fuentes and Katie Hatcher each scored against the Golden Gales while Alissa Richmond and Alexis Sheffield split time in goal.
The 18th-seeded boys team played host to 27th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley on Oct. 17 in a first-round Division I district tournament game.
The winner plays host to 30th-seeded Watkins Memorial in the second round Saturday, Oct. 20, with that winner facing third-seeded St. Charles, 25th-seeded Lancaster or 37th-seeded Central Crossing in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 27.
The Raiders played Lancaster to a scoreless tie Oct. 9 to close the regular season at 7-3-6 overall and 1-2-2 in the OCC-Ohio.