Dublin Scioto girls tennis coach Sean Gilbert has been pleased with his team's development, led by a pair of seniors who entered the week undefeated at second doubles.
Sydney Davis and Julia Trotti were 7-0 before a match against Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 10, including a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jerome's Sumedha Vadlamani and Ashley Tarrant in the Irish's 4-1 loss to the Celtics on Sept. 5.
Scioto was 5-3 overall before playing Liberty and is 4-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. The Irish conclude league play Tuesday, Sept. 17, at home against Delaware in a match postponed Aug. 20 because of bad weather.
"If (Davis and Trotti) handle their business against Delaware, that should make them first-team (all-league), which is awesome," Gilbert said.
Trotti was 8-0 in doubles before Sept. 10, having teamed with Emma Robinson to win 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles in a 5-0 league victory over Thomas Worthington on Aug. 29.
Gilbert called the league match against Jerome a good gauge of his team's progress.
"Jerome is a perennial power, so it's something we've been working on since I got here," he said.
"It needs to start being where people see Scioto on their schedule and they know it's not going to be an easy match. This just shows we're hitting with them and with second doubles taking a court, it helps the confidence."
Gilbert also has been pleased with the play of senior Nicole Santoso at first singles, especially given the fact that Santoso competes for the girls golf team as well.
"She's playing both sports and she's taking college classes, so it's very impressive the way she's able to manage her time and do all those things and do them very well," Gilbert said. "She's been a quiet leader. She lets her game do the talking. I couldn't be prouder of the seniors."
The Irish's lineup also regularly includes senior Peyton Shaffer at second singles, junior Ashima Srivastava at third singles and seniors Maddy Baughman and Maggie Szabo at first doubles.
"The girls are resilient," Gilbert said.
"They're as competitive as I am, but they know that the best part about tennis is you're going to get to at least play two or three matches a week and you get to redeem yourself that way."
Girls golf team caps league play
The girls golf team closed OCC-Cardinal play Sept. 4 by placing fifth (397) in the fourth and final round of the league tournament at New Albany Links behind first-place Jerome (315).
Alex Kopelcheck led the Irish with a 92 and Santoso carded a 95.
Scioto finished 8-18 in the league to place fifth in the overall standings behind Jerome (26-0), Delaware and Hilliard Darby (20-6) and Hilliard Bradley (14-12) and ahead of Olentangy Berlin and Worthington Kilbourne (both 5-21) and Thomas (0-14).
Santoso had a team-best 95 league average, followed by Kopelcheck (102) and Samantha Schaaf (103.75).
"They have all shown improvement with consistency on quality shots," coach Matt Bickley said.
Boys soccer team out to strong start
The boys soccer team was 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Darby on Sept. 10.
Through seven games, the Irish had outscored opponents 36-5.
Aidan Keidel, Jayden Lunsford and Zack McQuade each scored and goalkeeper Declan Farrell had three saves in a 3-1 win over Olentangy on Sept. 5.
Lunsford had two goals and Farrell made three saves in a 7-0 win over Delaware on Sept. 3.
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 14 -- Boys: Otterbein Invitational
Sept. 16 -- At Upper Arlington
Sept. 14 -- Rodney Butt Classic at Denison Golf Club
Sept. 17 -- Thomas Worthington at York
Sept. 12 -- Big Walnut at Bent Tree
Sept. 17 -- Hilliard Darby at Golf Club of Dublin
Sept. 14 -- At Zanesville
*Sept. 17 -- At Worthington Kilbourne
*Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Kilbourne
Sept. 12 -- At Coffman
Sept. 16 -- Home vs. Wellington
*Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Delaware in makeup from Aug. 20
*Sept. 12 -- Home vs. Olentangy Berlin
Sept. 14 -- At Watkins Memorial with Gahanna
*Sept. 17 -- At Delaware. The Irish defeated the Pacers 25-21, 25-23, 25-17 on Aug. 22.