Although he is pleased with his team's overall play, Columbus Academy boys tennis coach Marc Wurtzman doesn't believe the Vikings have reached their full potential.
Academy remained in contention for two major goals entering the week, as it was contending for an MSL-Ohio Division title and a berth in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division II state team tournament.
"The team is doing great," Wurtzman said. "Our team chemistry is really high right now. We're working hard. I like where we're headed. We're in a good spot. I don't think we've peaked yet, either. Everyone is playing well, but everyone has a little room for improvement. We definitely want to get to our best tennis in the next couple of weeks."
The Vikings earned a key win in their pursuit of a league title by defeating Wellington 3-2 on April 23. Lucas Huang won 6-2, 6-2 at third singles, David Madison and Rhian Seneviratne won 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles and Drew Haffer and Ryan Wahl won 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles.
Last season, Academy lost to the Jaguars 5-0 to finish second in the league at 5-1, behind Wellington (6-0).
The Vikings were 3-0 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Grandview on April 30 and have a league match remaining with Bexley. That match was postponed April 25 and 26 because of bad weather and will be played Thursday, May 2, at Academy.
That match also will serve as the teams' OTCA district semifinal. The winner plays Wellington in a district final.
The Vikings' schedule includes wins over Division I programs Upper Arlington (3-2 on April 4), Pickerington North (5-0 on April 10), St. Charles (4-1 on April 15) and Olentangy (4-1 on April 22). They lost to Division I Cincinnati St. Xavier 4-1 on April 13.
Academy was 9-1 overall before playing Dublin Coffman, another Division I program, on April 29.
Girls lacrosse team bounces back
The girls lacrosse team rebounded from a 12-11 overtime loss at DeSales on April 25 to defeat Medina 8-6 and host Laurel Shaker Heights 7-3 on April 27.
The Vikings were 8-5 overall before playing Thomas Worthington on April 30.
Academy slipped to 4-1 in the Central Independent League with the loss to DeSales, which was 4-0 in the league before playing Granville on April 30.
Lauren Bernacki, Evie Gee, Sydney Hill and Tani Obikunle each scored two goals to lead the Vikings against DeSales.
Track teams vie at Canal Winchester
The boys and girls track and field squads competed in the seven-team Milt Will Invitational on April 26 at Canal Winchester.
Luke Nester was third in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 9.3 seconds) and fifth in the 1,600 (4:42.28) to lead the boys, who finished seventh (33 points) behind champion Canal Winchester (167.5).
Harry Mills was fourth in the 100 (11.41) and 200 (23.09).
Samantha Kass was second in the 400 (1:03.1) and Hannah Clay was third in the 200 (27.42) and 400 (1:03.18) to lead the girls, who were seventh (29) behind champion Fairfield Union (154.5).
Below are the coming schedules for the Columbus Academy baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis and track & field teams:
May 3 -- At Licking Valley
May 4 -- At Hartley
*May 6 -- Home vs. Whitehall
May 7 -- Home vs. St. Charles
*May 8 -- At Whitehall
May 2 -- At Westerville North
May 4 -- Home vs. Gahanna
May 7 -- At Granville
*May 2 -- At Columbus School for Girls
May 7 -- Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne
*May 2 -- At Bexley in OTCA district semifinal
May 3 -- At New Albany
May 4 -- Hunting Valley University School at Wellington
May 6 -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange
May 7 -- At Westerville Central
TRACK & FIELD
May 3 -- Warhawk Invitational at Otterbein
May 7, 10 -- MSL-Ohio meet at Whitehall