Worthington Christian Roundup: Volleyball team excited for 'challenge'
The Worthington Christian girls volleyball team entered this season looking to pick up where it left off after more than doubling its win total from 2018 and capturing the MSL-Ohio Division championship last fall.
That was a task made more difficult considering the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic created an unusual offseason, according to second-year coach Chelsea Meyers, but she's pleased with what she's seen so far.
The Warriors opened with wins over Shekinah Christian (21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-16 on Aug. 25) and Amanda-Clearcreek (25-15, 25-14, 25-9 on Aug. 27) before facing Ready on Aug. 31. They opened league action Sept. 1 at home against Columbus School for Girls.
Last season, Worthington Christian went 12-0 to win the league and finished 20-4 overall after going 8-14 in 2018.
"I wish that we could have had some scrimmages before our first official match," Meyers said. "I believe we will adjust quickly. Our girls are very hard workers and very driven to succeed, so we're looking forward to the challenge."
Seniors Claire Dalton (middle hitter), Libby Dalton (setter), Alyssa Frumkin (right-side hitter) and Mary Lake (outside hitter) and sophomores Liv Fenstermaker (libero) and Abby Urbancic (defensive specialist) were key players last season.
Junior Anna Schwartz (middle hitter) also contributed last season.
Rounding out the senior class are Madeline Gilham (middle hitter) and Hope Nyland (right-side hitter).
Others looking to contribute are junior Tori Moore (defensive specialist/outside hitter) and sophomores Grace Leneghan (defensive specialist) and Phoebe Williams (outside hitter).
The Warriors lost Gabi Burford (setter), Isabelle Gilham (right-side hitter), Jenna Kray (middle hitter) and Maddie Patrick (outside hitter) after all were key players last season.
Football team to face Miller
The football team opened Aug. 28 by beating Grove City Christian 42-8 and plays Friday, Sept. 4, at home against Corning Miller in the first meeting between the programs.
While the Warriors were a Division VI playoff qualifier last season, the Falcons are coming off a 4-6 season in which they competed in Division VII.
Miller opened Aug. 29 by beating Zanesville Rosecrans 40-6.
The Falcons have a new quarterback in senior Blayton Cox after 2020 graduate Colby Bartley threw for 1,598 yards and rushed for 700 yards last season.
Some of Miller's other top offensive contributors last season, including senior wingback Hunter Wellspring (36 receptions for 428 yards), junior running back Tre McCoy (158 yards rushing, 35 receptions for 325 yards) and junior wide receiver Kylan McClain (32 receptions for 521 yards, 7 TDs), have returned.
Worthington Christian improved to 6-1 in the all-time series against Grove City Christian.
Freshman quarterback Hobie Raikes was 12-for-15 passing for 116 yards and three touchdowns, and sophomore quarterback Cayden Lassiter was 4-for-6 passing for 37 yards and one score.
Junior wide receiver Jaiden Reynolds had 10 receptions for 70 yards and three touchdowns, senior running back Braden Anderson had 12 rushes for 60 yards and one score and Worthington Christian finished with 380 yards of offense.
"Jaiden Reynolds has got the talent to be an all-state performer," coach Jeff Hartings said. "(We've had) a little bit of a competition between Cayden Lassiter and Hobie Raikes. Both understand the offense and have played sports their whole life."
At a glance
*Coach: Chelsey Meyers, second season
*Top players: Claire Dalton, Libby Dalton, Liv Fenstermaker, Alyssa Frumkin, Mary Lake and Abby Urbancic
*Key losses: Gabi Burford, Isabelle Gilham, Jenna Kray and Maddie Patrick
*Last season: 20-4 overall
*2019 MSL-Ohio standings: Worthington Christian (12-0), Bexley (9-3), Columbus Academy (8-4), Buckeye Valley (6-6), Grandview (4-8), Columbus School for Girls (3-9), Whitehall (0-12)
*2019 postseason: Defeated Amanda-Clearcreek 25-15, 25-13, 25-15; lost to Johnstown 25-13, 25-8, 25-14 in Division III district semifinal