Molly Michalak isn't quite ready for the next chapter of her volleyball career.
The 5-foot-11 senior outside hitter, who has enjoyed success at the prep and club levels, is hoping to lead the Grove City girls team to another OCC-Ohio Division title followed by a long run in the Division I postseason.
After the season, Michalak will set her sights on her next challenge: playing Division I college volleyball at Eastern Kentucky.
"I can't believe this is almost over," she said. "The season has flown by. When you're having fun it goes by quick. It's crazy to think my senior year is almost over and I'm going to be done playing with some of the best people I've grown up playing with."
Grove City was 10-4 overall and 4-2 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Reynoldsburg on Sept. 24.
The Greyhounds play host to Gahanna on Thursday, Sept. 26, looking to avenge a 25-18, 25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 16-14 loss to the Lions on Sept. 10.
Grove City bounced back from a 25-17, 25-14, 26-24 loss to Pickerington North on Sept. 17 to rally past Lancaster 17-25, 13-25, 26-24, 34-32, 15-12 on Sept. 19.
"It was a little insane having to dig ourselves out of such a massive deficit," coach Alan Pham said.
After sharing the OCC-Ohio title with Pickerington Central last season at 8-2, the Greyhounds entered the week third in the league behind Gahanna (6-0) and North (5-1).
"We've had our ups and downs and we're ready for that game where we're just going to all click," Michalak said. "Every practice we're improving. We've lost a few games, but they've been hard fought. It's no one's fault, we just need to click better."
Through 14 matches, Mich-alak led Grove City in kills with 211.
"We're leaning heavily on her," Pham said. "She's having another good year. It's nice to have her there. We're trying to get more balance. We're trying to get the middle hitters more involved. They haven't been getting as many sets. The setters have been relying on Lexi (Bapst) and Molly. We're trying to get them to look somewhere else because the other teams are looking at Molly and Lexi."
Bapst, who led Grove City in digs (123) and aces (34) through 14 matches, has committed to Division I Niagara.
Michalak was named league Player of the Year and first-team all-district last season after totaling a team-high 279 kills. As a sophomore, she was second-team all-league after leading the Greyhounds in kills with 222.
Michalak began playing the sport competitively in seventh grade at Jackson Middle School. That same year, she also started her club career with Elite Volleyball Training Center in Plain City.
She credits the combination of playing at the club and prep levels as a key to receiving the opportunity to compete collegiately.
"Volleyball is year-round for me," she said. "The competition playing at a national level (in club) and traveling state to state, getting exposure to all these amazing volleyball players, really helps build my strength and get better at volleyball.
"You can then transfer that to the school season where you're not playing against girls who are playing nationally ranked teams, so you can step up and take those skills that you've learned at club and transfer them to the high-school court."
Michalak also played basketball in her first two years at Grove City. She averaged 11.7 points as a sophomore and was second-team all-league, after averaging 10.3 points as a freshman and being named special mention all-league.
Girls soccer team defeats Jerome
The girls soccer team earned a key win by defeating state-ranked Dublin Jerome 2-1 on Sept. 19 at home.
Anjuli Anderson and Reganne Elliott scored and goalkeeper Madison Evans had seven saves.
Jerome was seventh in last week's Division I state poll.
Anderson, Elliott, Alissa Schiff and Jenna Slabaugh each scored and goalie Ashleigh Mastilak had three saves in a 4-1 win over Reynoldsburg on Sept. 17.
Grove City was 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Gahanna on Sept. 24.
Boys soccer team upends Falcons
The boys soccer team rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Reynoldsburg on Sept. 17 to defeat Franklin Heights 5-2 on Sept. 19.
AB Abdullahi scored three goals and Nick Isaac added two. Goalies Elvin Martinez (3) and Anthony Carey (1) combined for four saves.
Grove City was 7-3-1 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Gahanna on Sept. 24.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 28 -- Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club
Oct. 2 -- Hilliard Darby Dash
Sept. 26 -- New Albany and St. Charles at Pinnacle
Sept. 28 -- Pickerington Central Invitational at Turnberry
Oct. 1 -- Division I sectional at Denison Golf Club. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at Darby Creek.
Oct. 1 -- Division I sectional at Mentel Memorial. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at New Albany Links.
Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Darby
Oct. 1 -- Home vs. Bexley
Sept. 26 -- At Darby
Oct. 1 -- At Canal Winchester
Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Grandview
Oct. 1 -- At Darby
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Gahanna. The Greyhounds lost to the Lions 25-18, 25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 16-14 on Sept. 10.