Alder slips past Delaware Hayes

Olentangy starts season on both sides of sweeps

By Ben Stroup -

Hayes’ girls tennis team picked up wins on both the singles and doubles courts, but couldn’t quite seal the deal against visiting Jonathan Alder in non-league action Wednesday afternoon in Delaware.

Pacer winners included Renae Haferman, who beat the Pioneers’ Sydney Winslow 6-3, 6-3 at second singles; and the doubles duo of Paris Knipp and Ericka Johnson, who combined to knock off Maddie Vance and Elise Watkins 6-2, 6-2 at first doubles.

The loss improved upon last year’s result — a 5-0 Alder sweep. Hayes returns to action today against visiting Hilliard Darby.

Pickerington North 5, Olentangy 0

The Braves have been on both sides of sweeps so far this season, blanking host Gahanna 5-0 Tuesday before falling by the same 5-0 margin to the visiting Tigers Wednesday afternoon in Lewis Center.

The loss came with a few close calls. Kathleen Jones won the first set of her first singles match 6-4, but lost the next two by respective 2-6 and 0-1 margins.

Vidya Puttagunta and Archita Sriram faced a similar fate. They won the first set at second doubles 7-5, but lost the next two 2-6 and 0-1.

In the win over the Lions, Jones won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Priyanka Agochiya picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win at second singles, Krista Graybill won 6-1, 6-2 at third singles, Janie Miller and Amanda Jones teamed up to win 6-1, 6-3 at first doubles and Puttagunta and Sriram won 6-2, 6-4 at second doubles.

Orange 5, CSG 0

The Pioneers cruised to a non-league win over visiting CSG Wednesday.

Erin Storrer won 6-2, 6-2 at first singles, Caroline Sproule earned a 6-1, 6-0 decision at second singles and Kortney Reed picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win at third singles.

In doubles action, Mauger and Butler finished strong en route to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win and Logan and Bezold won 7-5, 6-2.


Hayes continued its solid OCC play Tuesday, firing a combined 372 to finish second behind Dublin Jerome at Mentel Memorial.

The 372 was 16 strokes better than the 388 the Pacers carded in the first round at Westchester — another runner-up performance second only to the Celtics.

Four of the team’s five scorers — Kenzie Collett, Riley Geiger, Alyssa Stultz and Kelly Horuant — improved upon their opening-round efforts. Stultz showed the most improvement, firing a team-best 87 after finishing with a team-worst 119 last week. Collett finished with an 88, Geiger had a 98, Horuant had a 99 and Sophie Zehner smoothed out the scoring summary with a 104.

Jerome is now 12-0 in league play while Hayes is second with a 10-2 mark.

Jerome’s Abby Kiefer picked up medalist honors with a 74.

Olentangy starts season on both sides of sweeps

By Ben Stroup

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Follow Ben Stroup on Twitter @delgazette_ben.