Moments after winning a Division II regional championship, the St. Charles Preparatory School volleyball team made it clear that its mission is not over.

Moments after winning a Division II regional championship, the St. Charles Preparatory School volleyball team made it clear that its mission is not over.

The Cardinals defeated Watterson 25-22, 25-16, 25-21 in the regional final last Saturday at Hilliard Davidson to improve to 21-6 and advance to a state semifinal. They will face St. Bernard Roger Bacon at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit.

Defending champion Akron Hoban and Dayton Chaminade-Julienne will meet in the other semifinal, with the state final being played at 5 p.m. Sunday at the same site.

"When we got the trophy, we were all talking about how it's a great trophy but it's not the trophy we want," coach Shane Farrell said. "We want the state championship trophy."

St. Charles has not won a state title. The Cardinals lost to Thomas Worthington in the final in 1990 and did not get back to state until last season, when they lost to Hoban 25-23, 25-23, 25-15 in a semifinal.

"Our goal coming into the season was to win the state championship," libero Zach Hartmann said. "We're going to do everything we can to get that."

St. Charles was fourth in the final state poll. It lost to third-ranked Roger Bacon 25-19, 15-25, 18-16 on May 9 in the Buckeye Classic.

The Cardinals have not played seventh-ranked Chaminade-Julienne but split matches with top-ranked Hoban, losing 21-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-16, 15-13 on April 16 and winning 25-22, 25-18 on May 9 in the Buckeye Classic.

"Roger Bacon has a fantastic program," Farrell said. "It's a hard path to the final, but we definitely can accomplish it if we dig deep and play hard. I definitely don't think we played our best the first time we played them."

The Cardinals hope the experience they gained at state last year helps.

"There is something to be said about being a senior and having that experience and being there before," said Farrell, whose team returned all but one starter from last year. "Roger Bacon has not been there before, so that's an advantage for us."

"We were there last year and it didn't turn out quite how we wanted it to, but this year we've got a good group of guys with a lot of experience," Hartmann said. "I think we can make some noise. Anytime you get experience doing something, the next time you do it that experience helps you out."

St. Charles won all three matches against Watterson, which was ranked sixth. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 25-9, 25-13, 25-22 on April 1 and 28-26, 25-21, 25-23 on April 30 in Central Ohio Volleyball League play.

"We played well, but I would say that we can play even better," Farrell said of his team's performance in the regional final. "It was a close match and we responded to adversity. They gave us all they could. We got down, but we came back. We stayed cool, calm and collected and just played our game. That's what won it for us."

Outside-hitter Ned Gruber was named second-team all-state and first-team all-region and Hartmann made honorable mention all-state and second-team all-region. Outside-hitter Matt Van Volkenberg also made second-team all-region and opposite-hitter Damon DiSabato and middle-hitter Andy Sellan made honorable mention all-region.

"We don't have a huge, dominant guy like Watterson does," Farrell said, referring to Anthony Randolph, who was the Division II Player of the Year and region Player of the Year. "But we have six guys who are solid, and that's what you want."

•Kyle Gerber of the tennis team finally is headed to the Division I state tournament, which will be Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

Gerber, a four-time district qualifier, was fourth in the district tournament last Friday and Saturday at Davidson as the top four in singles and doubles advanced to state.

"I'm just really excited to have finally made it to state," he said. "It's been my goal throughout high school, so it's nice to achieve that.

"(State) is going to be somewhat difficult because I'm a fourth seed and I'll be playing a top seed. But I've achieved my goal of getting to state, so anything else I manage to accomplish is a bonus, really."

Gerber defeated Watterson's Enzo Milano 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of district and secured a state berth by beating DeSales' Myles Harris 6-4, 6-7, 6-0 in the second round. He lost to New Albany's Peter Kobelt 6-2, 6-3 in a semifinal and Dublin Coffman's Hiromi Nakayama 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the third-place match.

The doubles team of Grant Dolven and Jack Toscano defeated Upper Arlington's Aldo Corona and Stephen Edwards 6-3, 6-2 in the first round and lost to Olentangy Liberty's Mitchell Lothes and Alex Solove 6-2, 6-3 in the second round.

St. Charles defeated Davidson 3-2 on May 19 to finish 9-6.

•The track and field team failed to advance anyone to the Division I regional meet, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Pickerington North.

Denman Gordon was the Cardinals' top finisher in the district 3 meet that concluded last Saturday at Coffman, placing fifth in the 200 meters in 22.7 seconds. The top four in each event advanced to regional.

Placing sixth were Colin Merrill in the 800 (1:59.78) and long jump (19 feet, 9 3/4 inches), Chris Quinn in the 3,200 (10:11.86) and Stevyn Spees, Quinn, Merrill and Corey Snyder in the 3,200 relay (8:20.92).

St. Charles scored 22 points to finish 11th of 15 teams behind champion Big Walnut (107).

•Ryan Berg scored four goals to lead the fourth-seeded lacrosse team to a 9-7 victory over fifth-seeded Dublin Scioto in the first round of the Division I regional tournament last Saturday.

The Cardinals, who trailed 4-2 at halftime, improved to 10-5. St. Charles played top-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in the second round last Wednesday, with the winner advancing to a regional final Saturday at home against second-seeded Dublin Jerome or third-seeded Hilliard Davidson.

The Cardinals lost to Jerome 13-5 on May 12 and to Davidson 9-8 in double overtime April 8.

The regional champion will play in a state semifinal Tuesday at Hudson, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Medina or North Canton Hoover. The state final will be June 6 at Upper Arlington.

St. Charles defeated Watterson 16-2 on May 20 as Berg scored eight goals.