With the regular season winding down, Hilliard Davidson girls volleyball coach Betty Cameron hopes her team can gain some momentum heading into the postseason.
The Wildcats were 4-12 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Upper Arlington on Sept. 24.
The Division I district tournament begins Oct. 14.
"I have high expectations for this team," Cameron said. "I know our record isn't very strong, but we might surprise some people in the tournament because they might overlook us because of the record. Tournament time is the second season."
Senior middle hitter and right-side hitter India McCruter, who is in her third season with the Wildcats after transferring from Central Crossing, also is hoping for a strong finish.
"We want to stay positive, build each other up, be there for each other and don't tear each other down," McCruter said. "You just want to stay happy and enjoy your sport and enjoy each other's company because you can't play this game forever."
Davidson has played all season without two key contributors in senior defensive specialist Grace Fry and senior outside hitter Bella Rolon, who have been out with back and finger injuries, respectively.
"They're still 100 percent part of the team," Cameron said.
Cameron noted that senior right-side hitter Sarah Shevelow has played well this season after missing most of last year because of illness.
The Wildcats will visit Bradley on Tuesday, Oct. 1, looking to sweep their Hilliard rivals. They defeated visiting Darby 19-25, 25-23, 25-15 as part of a tri-match Aug. 24.
Davidson earned its third league win by defeating host Marysville 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-15 on Sept. 17. The teams will close the regular season Oct. 10 at Davidson.
"Marysville is always tough," Cameron said.
The Wildcats' other league wins have come against Central Crossing (25-16, 26-24, 25-9 on Sept. 10) and Westland (25-10, 25-21, 25-14 on Sept. 12).
"We've switched up positions a little bit and we're trying to get everybody healthy, so it's been a trying season with things you can't control," Cameron said.
Boys soccer team chasing league title
The boys soccer team was 7-2-2 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Central before playing Central Crossing on Sept. 24.
The Wildcats defeated Upper Arlington 1-0 in a league contest Sept. 17 as Daiki Matsuoka scored and goalkeeper Lorenzo Nieves had seven saves.
Davidson has league games remaining against Westland on Oct. 3 and Marysville on Oct. 10.
The Wildcats lost to Dublin Jerome 1-0 on Sept. 19, snapping their six-game winning streak.
Nieves had 10 saves against the Celtics.
Girls soccer team upends Bears
The girls soccer team was 3-4-3 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Central before playing Central Crossing on Sept. 24.
Davidson defeated UA 2-0 in a league game Sept. 17 behind two goals from Alivia Wile and eight saves by goalie Audrey Gibson-Zweifel.
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 2 -- At Darby Dash
Sept. 26 -- Jonathan Alder at Darby Creek
Sept. 28 -- Pickerington Central Fall Invitational at Turnberry
Oct. 1 -- Division I sectional at Denison Golf Club. Top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Oct. 8 at Darby Creek.
Sept. 26 -- Dublin Scioto at Ridge Golf & Gardens
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.
Oct. 1 -- Home vs. Gahanna
Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Canal Winchester
Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Bradley
Sept. 30 -- At Gahanna
Oct. 1 -- Home vs. Lancaster
Oct. 2 -- At Thomas Worthington
*Sept. 26 -- Home vs. Central Crossing. The Wildcats defeated the Comets 25-16, 26-24, 25-9 on Sept. 10.
Oct. 1 -- At Bradley