GAHANNA — This was a business trip.
Not your typical business trip with pencil and paper, laptops and carry-on luggage, but one where there was an agenda and a definitive end goal.
The London High School volleyball team’s road trip to Columbus Academy Tuesday, Sept. 12, was more about taking care of business and getting a win than it was about enjoying the scenic grounds on which the private school in Gahanna sits.
The Lady Red Raiders (8-1) were a little sluggish at the beginning, but they got things going and rolled to a 25-17, 25-10, 25-10 victory over the host Vikings.
“Academy brought a little bit more energy than we did that first game,” London coach Darrell Eades said. “I think my girls took things a little too much for granted in the first game, but after a little discussion about it, we started playing like we’re capable of playing.”
The Raiders were led by seniors Addison Conley, Arianna Calloway and Destiny Ellars. The trio helped pull the team out of it’s early-match funk. As the younger players continue to gain confidence and experience, look for London to continue to improve.
“We’re getting better with each game,” the coach said. “We weren’t where we wanted to be at the beginning of the season, especially with a veteran team. But it’s coming, especially with the speed of the game it’s coming. The speed of the offense is getting better.
“With this group of seniors they’re generally jacked and ready to go, we haven’t had too much of a trouble being ready to play.
London is loaded with senior leaders who are on a mission to win championships this season. The first of which would be a Mid-State League Ohio Division crown and the Red Raiders stayed unbeaten in league play with the win Tuesday.
The teams lone loss this season was a match to Logan Elm, a state final four team last year.
“We’ve got to stay healthy, if we stay healthy we’ll be fine,” Eades said. “I’m pretty proud of what they’ve been doing. Even in one our one loss, we didn’t stick to the game plan. We’ll keep getting better, I have no doubt about that.”
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