The continued growth of freshman Meghan Mayotte created a new option for the Worthington Christian girls tennis team as it pondered its postseason lineup.
Mayotte, who played second singles for most of the regular season, is teaming up with her sister and the Warriors' first singles player, junior Abby Mayotte, to compete in doubles at the Division II sectional Thursday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 5, at Columbus School for Girls.
The Mayotte sisters are the third seed and will open with a second-round match against Ready's Mary Tokar and Iveth Saucedo.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament Oct. 10 at CSG and Oct. 12 at Reynoldsburg.
"For Meghan being a freshman, that's probably been the biggest adjustment," said coach Stefanie Mayotte, Abby and Meghan's mother. "Probably the biggest thing for her is learning how to keep her cool for high school tennis knowing it's going to be tougher competition. (Abby) has held her own at first singles, so she kind of has had to mentally sign on to playing in that spot. She's won all the matches she should have and her wins have been convincing."
The Warriors were 10-7 overall before playing Hilliard Bradley on Sept. 30 and DeSales on Oct. 1. They finished 3-3 in the MSL-Ohio Division.
Seniors Laura King and Amber Ralston also will play doubles at sectional.
In singles, sophomore Audrey Mousa is seeded third and opens against Centennial's Nicole Kaiser. Also competing in singles are sophomore Bekah Shively and sophomore Lily Rettstatt.
"We've won some matches that have been close," coach Mayotte said. "Every court has contributed and every varsity player has gotten wins in key matches, so that's been nice to see."
Cross country teams progressing steadily
The cross country teams have one final tune-up before the MSL-Ohio meet Oct. 12 at Buckeye Valley when they compete Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Les Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington.
Senior Peter Tsibouris, junior Noah St. John and sophomore Sam Spires have led the boys team. On Sept. 21 in the Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club, Tsibouris placed 82nd in 20 minutes, 14 seconds to lead the Warriors, who finished 19th (528 points) of 21 teams, behind champion Olentangy (55), in a field of mostly Division I programs.
Freshman Zoe Ward and seniors Maddie Patrick, Joy Pitzer and Maddie Skidmore have been the top runners for the girls team, according to coach Mike Vallangeon.
"I'm pleased with how our season is going so far," Vallangeon said. "Each competition, our athletes are determined to improve. The teams this year are training better than I've seen in the three years I've been part of the coaching staff. Our guys are working well together and continue to grow. With a couple athletes recovering from injuries that have slowed them down, it seems that the gap between our top runners and our seventh runner is starting to close. Our girls ... are showing great individual improvement, but I'm looking for them to jell as a team."
Golfers compete in tourney play
The girls golf team had its season end with a sixth-place finish (402) in the Division II district tournament Sept. 30 at Blacklick Woods as Columbus School for Girls (350) captured the lone state-qualifying berth.
The Warriors qualified for district Sept. 25 by placing third with a 390 at the nine-team Mill Creek sectional, where the top three teams advanced. They edged Fairbanks by three strokes for the final qualifying berth.
At sectional, junior Rena So was medalist with a 77. Also competing were seniors Natalie Opava (101) and Anna Opava (104), junior Zoe Holston (108) and senior Naysa Dunlap (138).
At district, So carded an 80 to lead the Warriors.
"(So) has been working really hard to lower her score and to train her body to move together as one," coach Hannah Bard said. "Rena is really good at reading the course and executing holes and I'm glad that her golf score is starting to benefit from it."
The boys team competed in the 14-team Division III district tournament Oct. 2 at Darby Creek, where the team champion and the top individual not on the qualifying team advanced to state Oct. 11 and 12 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Below are the coming schedules for the Worthington Christian cross country, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 5 -- Les Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington
Oct. 2 -- Competed in Division III district tournament at Darby Creek. The championship team and the top individual not on the qualifying team advanced to state Oct. 11 and 12 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Oct. 5 -- Wedgewood Showcase
*Oct. 5 -- At Whitehall
Oct. 7 -- At Grove City Christian
Oct. 5 -- Home vs. DeSales
Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Grandview
*Oct. 3 -- At Buckeye Valley. The Warriors beat the Barons 25-20, 25-14, 25-20 on Sept. 9.
Oct. 5 -- At Berne Union
*Oct. 8 -- Home vs. Whitehall. The Warriors beat the Rams 25-11, 25-7, 25-15 on Sept. 12.