For Dublin Scioto girls volleyball coach Jackie Wilson, having her team receive praise for its off-court achievements is just as important as its on-court success.
"The winning, of course, is fun," Wilson said. "Everybody wants to win, but I'm pretty lucky to have the group of people that I have. I was talking to a fellow teacher and they were looking at our varsity poster picture and they said you have the best kids in the school. Winning is fun, but we get to do it with some of the best leaders in our building and that makes it even better."
The Irish remained in pursuit of the OCC-Cardinal Division title at the start of this week, as they were 12-2 overall and 8-1 in the league before playing defending champion Worthington Kilbourne on Sept. 24.
Hilliard Bradley was atop the league standings at 10-0 before playing Delaware on Sept. 24.
Scioto will look to avenge a 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 loss to the Jaguars on Sept. 5 when it visits Bradley on Oct. 5.
"You saw glimpses of (Bradley's potential) last season," Wilson said. "They have so much size and you saw kids who could really hit a ball, but they struggled to pass a little bit and they've cleaned that up significantly."
The Irish won two league matches last week, defeating Delaware 21-25, 25-10, 25-21, 25-15 on Sept. 17 and Hilliard Darby 25-11, 25-11, 25-13 on Sept. 19.
Scioto lost to Watkins Memorial 25-23, 25-14 as part of tri-match Sept. 14 at Watkins Memorial.
"We're pretty happy with how we're playing right now," Wilson said. "We're still in the thick of the hunt for an OCC-Cardinal title. We feel we can compete with Bradley and we hope to have a long postseason, too."
Through 14 matches, Karleigh Rothe led the team in kills (133), followed by Lauren Erickson (102) and Ashleigh Rothe (73). Ashleigh Rothe (204) and Abby Leonard (168) led in assists, Ayva Leon led in digs (145), Karleigh Rothe led in aces (32) and Lena Beasley led in blocks (28).
"We all get along," said Leonard, who missed the early part of the season with a right elbow injury.
"We treat each other as a family and we all support each other. We work really hard at practice and it really shows in our games."
Boys soccer team sustains first loss
The boys soccer team sustained its first loss of the season, falling 4-1 to Kilbourne on Sept. 17.
Zack McQuade scored and goalkeeper Declan Farrell had seven saves for the Irish, who were 9-1 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Thomas Worthington on Sept. 24.
Kilbourne was ranked fourth in last week's Division I state poll and Scioto was 11th.
Jayden Lunsford, Jesus Arellano, Jayden Tharp, Eli Nutter and McQuade each scored in the Irish's 5-0 win over Whetstone on Sept. 19.
Girls soccer team seeks winning mark
The girls soccer team split a pair of games last week, defeating Kilbourne 1-0 on Sept. 17 and losing to Westerville North 3-0 on Sept. 19.
Rachel Fullerton scored and goalie Abbey Topetzes had nine saves against Kilbourne, and Topetzes had 11 saves against North.
Scioto was 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Thomas on Sept. 24.
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 28 -- Midwest Meet of Champions at Hilliard Bradley
Sept. 27 -- At Oxford Talawanda
Sept. 30 -- Home vs. Granville
Oct. 2 -- Home vs. Hartley
Sept. 28 -- Jerome Honorary Invitational at Country Club at Muirfield Village
Oct. 1 -- Division I sectional at Darby Creek. Top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.
Oct. 1 -- Division I sectional at Mentel Memorial. Top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at New Albany Links.
Sept. 26 -- At Newark
Oct. 1 -- Home vs. DeSales
Sept. 26 -- At Westerville Central
Sept. 30 -- At Olentangy Orange
Oct. 1 -- Home vs. Bexley
*Sept. 26 -- At Thomas Worthington. The Irish defeated the Cardinals 26-24, 25-21, 25-22 on Sept. 3.
*Oct. 1 -- At Olentangy Berlin. The Irish defeated the Bears 25-14, 25-20, 25-22 on Sept. 12.