By AARON BLANKENSHIP
ThisWeek Staff Writer

The Dublin Coffman girls volleyball team defeated Watterson 25-11, 25-17, 25-18 in a Division I district final Saturday at Licking Heights to win its third consecutive district title.

The top-seeded Shamrocks improved to 26-0 and play second-seeded Pickerington North or Hilliard Davidson in a regional semifinal Wednesday at Davidson.

The 10th-seeded Eagles finished 16-10.

"Watterson is a good team, especially defensively, and this was the toughest match we've had in the tournament so far for sure," Coffman coach Mary Anne Souder said. "Our blocking was a big key for us today. We have a lot of tall, athletic girls, who can really jump.

"Isolde Hannan had an awesome match. She controlled the net and was one fire. She blocked everything that came her way."

The Eagles took an 8-5 lead in the third set, behind kills by Lauren Stock, Taylor Ely and Toni Frustaglio, prompting Souder to call a timeout.

After Watterson extended its advantage to 10-6, the Shamrocks came roaring back to outscore the Eagles 19-8 down the stretch. Andrea Baylin had six kills and an ace, Alex Blair had four kills, and Hannan and Meredith Stranges each had three kills in the third set alone.

"We shifted our serve-receive around to get our hitters in the best position to score, and we got our offense going again," Souder said.

Michelle Sunderman and Stock each had two kills, and Christine Sumner had a kill and a block, to lead Watterson in the third set.

"I thought we were pretty evenly matched in hitting, so if we would have played a smarter match defensively, I think we could have done a lot better," Ely said.