When the Dublin Coffman High School boys volleyball team won the first Dublin Boys Volleyball Classic in 2005, none of the current players were in high school.

When the Dublin Coffman High School boys volleyball team won the first Dublin Boys Volleyball Classic in 2005, none of the current players were in high school.

Scioto won the event in 2006 and Jerome won it the past two seasons, meaning no current Shamrock has been a champion at the event. This year's event, renamed The Battle of Dublin, will be Friday at Scioto. Jerome and Scioto will play at 6 p.m., followed by Coffman against Jerome and Coffman against Scioto.

"It's important to them to be known as the best team in Dublin," Coffman coach Mark Saelzler said. "Our seniors really want to have those bragging rights before they graduate."

Last year, Jerome beat Scioto 25-16, 25-22 and Coffman 25-22, 25-23, and Coffman defeated Scioto 25-21, 25-13.

With seniors Mike Nodjak (6-foot-7) and Austin Crawfis (6-5) starting at middle hitter, the Shamrocks will have a size advantage at the net.

Through 12 matches, outside-hitter Matt VonSchriltz averaged 8.5 kills, 6.3 digs and 1.4 blocks, outside-hitter Tyler McCamish averaged 3.6 kills, 5.3 digs and 1.1 blocks, setter Greg Hoseus averaged 24.9 assists, Nodjak averaged 5.3 kills and 2.4 blocks, Crawfis averaged 5.6 kills and 3.8 blocks and libero Matt Collins averaged 7.0 digs.

"A lot of our offense goes through Matt VonSchriltz and our two middle hitters," Saelzler said. "We've got good size in the middle, and one of our strengths is we put up a big block. We've been good in all aspects of the game. The key for us has been getting everything to click together because we haven't had that in our losses. When we lost to Beavercreek (32-30, 19-25, 25-16 on April 18) we didn't play defense. When we lost to Worthington Kilbourne (25-23, 25-18, 18-25, 25-18 on April 16), our serve-receive let us down."

The Shamrocks were 5-7 overall and 2-4 in the OCC-Central Division heading into league matches last Tuesday at Hilliard Davidson and today at Thomas Worthington.

"In our league we've got to compete with Hilliard Darby, Hilliard Davidson and Worthington Kilbourne, and we've lost close matches to those teams," Saelzler said. "We need to learn how to put close matches away. When we play the other Dublin schools the matches are going to be the best of three games instead of the best of five, so we've got to finish games when we have the chance."

Scioto was 6-7 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Cardinal heading into league matches last Tuesday at Westerville South and today at Westerville North.

Coach Doug Arden said the Irish are more balanced than they were a year ago, when they finished 9-16.

Through 13 matches, outside-hitter Mustafa Miniato and opposite-hitter Rahim Wasim were leading Scioto in kills, middle-hitters Mitch Akutsu and Matteo Clark were leading in blocks, setter Andrew Ou had the lead in assists and libero Mark Ticknor led in digs.

"We're not a one-man show like we were with (graduate Nelson Ai) last year," Arden said. "Mitch and Matteo are much more active in the middle than anyone we've had there in the past. Our setter is doing a really good job, and he's got a lot of options. Mark has a nose for the ball, and he wants it to come to him every time."

Scioto has beaten Jerome twice this season, and Arden is optimistic his team can hit around Coffman's big block.

"Our biggest strength is we have guys all over the front who we can rely on, and I hope we can make (Coffman's) middles move and find open spaces in their defense," Arden said. "Andrew's got a lot of options, and those guys will need to get in position for him."

Jerome was 2-9 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Cardinal heading into league matches last Tuesday at Westerville Central and today at Olentangy Liberty.

The Celtics lost all their starters from last year's team, which finished 15-7, to graduation, and outside-hitter Kurt Ehlers is out for the season after having shoulder surgery.

Starting setter Andrew Hood could miss the rest of the season with mononucleosis, and middle-hitter Steven Ostrowske is playing limited minutes after having knee surgery during the offseason.

"We haven't had a consistent lineup because of sicknesses and injuries, but we're definitely growing as a program," coach Katherine Fogg said. "Jeff Olson has stepped in as our new starting setter and he's earning the position. It's going to take some time, but our scores are getting more competitive."

Jerome is hoping to what Scioto did three years ago, when it won the Classic after entering it at 1-10.

"If we finally decide to turn it on and click at the same time, we could give them a run for their money," Fogg said. "Those teams have more experience but a lot of our players are making big strides. (Middle-hitter Brian Recker) is playing well all-around, (outside-hitter Scott Cheesman) has shown a lot of progress and (setter Drew Walters and defensive specialist Ryan Wheeler) are picking it up defensively."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Coffman, Jerome and Scioto boys volleyball teams:

COFFMAN

*March 31 -- Lost to Hilliard Darby 25-20, 25-23, 25-23 in opener

*April 2 -- Lost to Hilliard Davidson 25-17, 17-25, 25-23, 25-14

April 7 -- Defeated Gahanna 25-20, 25-22, 25-22

April 8 -- Lost to St. Charles 25-18, 25-16, 25-21

April 13 -- Def. Licking Heights 25-7, 25-12, 25-18

*April 14 -- Def. Thomas Worthington 25-16, 25-18, 25-18

*April 16 -- Lost to Worthington Kilbourne 25-23, 25-18, 18-25, 25-18

April 18 -- Lost to Beavercreek 32-20, 19-25, 25-16; lost to Pickerington North 30-28, 25-19; def. Stow-Munroe Falls 25-17, 25-25

*April 21 -- Def. Upper Arlington 25-13, 25-13, 25-14

*April 23 -- Lost to Hilliard Darby 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-23

*Last Tuesday -- Played Davidson

*Today -- At Thomas

Friday -- At Scioto vs. Jerome and Scioto

*Tuesday -- At Kilbourne

*OCC-Central match

JEROME

*March 31 -- Lost to Scioto 25-23, 21-25, 25-12, 25-16 in opener

*April 2 -- Lost to Westerville Central 25-19, 25-21, 12-25, 25-19

*April 7 -- Lost to Olentangy Liberty 25-16, 25-16, 27-25

April 9 -- Lost to Mount Vernon 25-10, 25-9, 25-11

April 14 -- Lost to Pickerington Central 25-19, 25-19, 25-23

April 18 -- Lost to Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 25-11, 25-14, 25-15; lost to Delaware 25-11, 25-18, 25-14; def. Westerville Central 25-15, 25-22, 18-25, 25-19

*April 21 -- Lost to Westerville North 25-17, 25-8, 25-18

*Last Wednesday -- Def. Westerville South 25-22, 25-23, 10-25, 25-19

*April 23 -- Lost to Scioto 25-14, 25-15, 25-22

*Last Tuesday -- Played Westerville Central

*Today -- At Liberty

Friday -- At Scioto vs. Coffman and Scioto

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Westerville South

SCIOTO

*March 31 -- Def. Jerome 25-23, 21-25, 25-12, 25-16

*April 2 -- Def. Westerville South 25-11, 25-14, 25-10

*April 7 -- Lost to Westerville North 25-21, 25-20, 31-29

April 9 -- Lost to UA 27-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19

*April 16 -- Lost to Liberty 26-28, 29-27, 25-21, 25-15

April 17 -- Def. Tontogany Otsego 26-24, 25-18; lost to Watterson 25-11, 22-25, 25-18; lost to Westerville Central 28-26, 25-22, 17-25, 25-27, 15-13

*April 23 -- Def. Jerome 25-14, 25-15, 25-22

*Last Tuesday -- Played Westerville South

*Today -- At Westerville North

Friday -- Home vs. Coffman and Jerome

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Olentangy Liberty

Of note: The Irish were 6-7 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Cardinal match