Led by his doubles teams, first-year Hilliard Davidson girls tennis coach Adrian Tolentino has been impressed with his squad's progress so far this season.
The Wildcats were 3-4 overall before playing Darby on Sept. 10 and are 2-1 in the OCC-Central Division entering a match against Dublin Coffman on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
"We've made huge strides since the beginning of the season, especially since that first week," Tolentino said. "My doubles teams are really coming along. I just need my singles players to stay healthy."
Before playing Darby, Katie DeSanti and Katherine Sarkel were 4-3 at first doubles and Olivia Temelkoff and Ella McWherter had the same record at second doubles.
"Kate and Katherine are truly some great leaders for the team and they're going to be hard shoes to fill next year," Tolentino said of the two seniors.
The rest of the lineup consists of Kaitlyn Quinn at first singles, Sophia Persad at second singles and Lila Davis at third singles.
In league play, Davidson defeated Central Crossing 4-1 on Aug. 29 and Westland 5-0 on Sept. 3 and lost to Marysville 5-0 on Sept. 5.
Quinn missed the Marysville match because of illness, Tolentino said.
"It was an OCC-Central match and a must-win situation, but when you don't have Kaitlyn playing at (first singles), it's super hard to make up for that," Tolentino said of the loss to the Monarchs.
Tolentino is not only looking for a strong second half to the season, but would like to see the program continue to grow.
"I'm trying to make it to where we're a year-round program, not just an in-season fall sport," he said. "That's the hope. I'm not ashamed of the record one bit. This is my first year as a varsity coach. I have expectations of myself and the girls to put in the work in the offseason, but for now we're focusing on the season."
Girls golf team caps league play
The girls golf team finished fifth (4-16) in the four-round OCC-Central tournament, behind New Albany (20-0), Upper Arlington (16-4), Coffman (12-8) and Marysville (8-12) and ahead of Canal Winchester (0-20).
The Wildcats finished fifth (398) in the final round Sept. 4 at Blacklick Woods behind first-place New Albany (286).
Kacy Harsh led Davidson in the final round with an 81. She finished with a team-best 89.5 average in league play, followed by Ainsley Guthrie (104.5).
Girls soccer team begins league play
The girls soccer team was 2-2-3 before playing Coffman in its OCC-Central opener Sept. 10.
Davidson, which was 0-2-2 through four games, tied Olentangy at 2 on Sept. 3 and defeated Pickerington North 4-0 on Sept. 5.
Against Olentangy, Sonia Vargas scored both goals and goalkeeper Audrey Gibson-Zweifel had nine saves. Vargas had two goals, Emma Wells and Alivia Wile both scored one and Gibson-Zweifel made seven saves against North.
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson cross country, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 13 -- Spartan Invitational at Michigan State
Sept. 12 -- Westerville North at Royal American
Sept. 14 -- Bloom-Carroll Invitational at Pine Hill
Sept. 17 -- Grove City at Pinnacle
Sept. 18 -- Bradley and Darby at Darby Creek
Sept. 12 -- At Westerville South
*Sept. 17 -- At Upper Arlington
Sept. 12 -- Home vs. New Albany
*Sept. 17 -- Home vs. UA
Sept. 17 -- Home vs. Lancaster
*Sept. 18 -- Home vs. Dublin Coffman
*Sept. 12 -- Home vs. Westland
*Sept. 17 -- At Marysville