The Newark Catholic High School girls volleyball team didn't fret over a slow start during a Division IV district final Saturday at Worthington Christian.

"It was ACT day (for the seniors)," coach Jeri Helfer said after the top-seeded Green Wave posted a 25-18, 25-9, 25-17 victory over Madison Christian. "We got there late and only had about five minutes in the locker room. It started ugly but after a little while the girls were fine."

Seniors Angela McNulty, Laney Warthen and Kenzie Egan played key roles, too. McNulty totaled 11 kills and five blocks, Warthen had 37 assists and five service aces and Egan had 18 digs and two aces.

Erica Rath also had eight kills and three blocks for the Green Wave, which improved to 23-1 and advanced to play Tuscarawas Central Catholic in a regional semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Lancaster.

The Green Wave, which captured a fifth district championship in six seasons, was third and Central Catholic was No. 10 in the final state poll led by Jackson Center.