The Dublin Scioto High School boys volleyball team let a 24-21 lead slip away during the first game of its Division II district semifinal against Watterson on May 20 at home.

The Dublin Scioto High School boys volleyball team let a 24-21 lead slip away during the first game of its Division II district semifinal against Watterson on May 20 at home.

That proved to be costly as the second-seeded Eagles rallied to beat the third-seeded Irish 26-24, 20-25, 25-17, 25-18.

"If we would have won that first game and then won the second one like we did, I'm very confident we would have found a way to win one of the last three games to beat Watterson," coach Doug Arden said. "We made some mistakes to let Watterson get back in it and they gained momentum as the match went on."

The Irish finished 13-12 overall, their first winning season since 2003.

Scioto finished third in the OCC-Cardinal Division at 5-5 behind Olentangy Liberty (9-1) and Westerville North (9-1) and ahead of Westerville Central (4-6), Dublin Jerome (2-8) and Westerville South (1-9).

"There was a little bit more excitement around the team this year, with us winning more matches than usual," Arden said.

Scioto will lose five seniors who started multiple matches in Ian Chen (setter/libero), Pavel Mazurenko (outside hitter), Mustafa Miniato (outside hitter), Andrew Ou (setter) and Rahim Wasim (outside hitter).

Ou was second-team all-state and first-team all-region and all-league. Wasim was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-region. Miniato was honorable mention all-league.

Four players who started multiple matches are expected to return in juniors Mitch Akutsu (middle hitter), Matteo Clark (middle hitter) and David McLemore (outside hitter) and sophomore Mark Ticknor (libero).

Akutsu was second-team all-league and all-region.

"It's nice to have experienced players coming back, because I expect that everyone will continue to get better," Arden said.

• Dublin Coffman lost to Hilliard Darby 23-25, 25-10, 25-18, 20-25, 15-12 in a Division I regional semifinal May 20.

The Shamrocks had lost to Darby 25-20, 25-23, 25-23 on March 31 and 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-23 on April 23.

"That was the first time we've taken Darby to five games since I've been here," coach Mark Saelzler said. "We wore them down and exposed weaknesses more this time. Our energy on the court was perfect. Austin Crawfis (middle hitter) and Mike Nodjak (middle hitter) put up big blocks. Crawfis played the best game of his life. He had a dozen kills and numerous blocks."

Coffman finished 11-11 overall and fourth at 4-6 in the OCC-Central behind Darby (9-1), Worthington Kilbourne (both 9-1) and Hilliard Davidson (6-4) and ahead of Upper Arlington (2-8) and Thomas Worthington (0-10).

The Shamrocks won the Battle of Dublin on May 1 at Scioto, beating Scioto 25-18, 25-10 and Jerome 25-14, 25-8.

"It's a strong division," Saelzler said.

"We could have won a lot more matches in another division of the OCC. Winning the Battle of Dublin was probably the highlight of our year. We played really well that day."

Coffman will lose seven seniors who started more than one match including Tyler McCamish (outside hitter), Crawfis, Adam Hitsman (opposite hitter), Mitch Johnson (opposite hitter), Dan Margaroli (opposite hitter), Nodjak and Forrest Obnamia (setter).

Crawfis was second-team all-OCC and honorable mention all-region. McCamish was honorable mention all-league.

Potential returning starters are juniors Greg Hoseus (opposite hitter) and Matt VonSchriltz (outside hitter) and sophomore Matt Collins (libero).

VonSchriltz was second-team all-region and second-team all-league.

"We're going to lose a lot of height with our seniors moving on," Saelzler said.

"But the word is out that our team is competitive and it's fun to play volleyball, so I'm hoping we'll pull more football and basketball players and become more athletic next year. If we can just find a couple of good middles, we'll be looking at reloading."

• Jerome lost to Westerville Central 25-19, 25-21, 12-25, 25-19 in the Division II regional tournament May 20.

The Celtics finished 7-15 overall and were fifth (2-8) in the OCC-Cardinal.

Jerome will lose three senior starters including Ryo Nakamoto (defensive specialist), Steven Ostrowske (middle hitter) and Drew Walters (setter).

Seven players with starting experience are expected to return including juniors Scott Cheesman (middle hitter), Kurt Ehlers (outside hitter), Jeff Olson (defensive specialist), Brian Recker (outside hitter) and Ryan Wheeler (defensive specialist), sophomore Andrew Hood (setter) and freshman James Warvel (middle hitter).

Cheesman was second-team all-league and Recker was honorable mention all-league. Ehlers -- who missed his entire junior season after having shoulder surgery -- was second-team all-league last year.

"We should be a pretty tough team next year with all of the experienced players we'll have back," coach Katherine Fogg said.

At a glance


•Record: 11-11 overall, 4-6 (fourth) in OCC-Central

•Seniors lost: Austin Crawfis, Adam Hitsman, Mitch Johnson, Dan Margaroli, Tyler McCamish, Mike Nodjak and Forrest Obnamia

•Key returnees: Matt Collins, Greg Hoseus and Matt VonSchriltz


•Record: 7-15 overall, 2-8 (fifth) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Ryo Nakamoto, Steven Ostrowske, Drew Walters and Justin Warvel

•Key returnees: Scott Cheesman, Kurt Ehlers and Brian Recker


•Record: 13-12 overall, 5-5 (third) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Greg Bedalli, Ian Chen, Pavel Mazurenko, Mustafa Miniato, Andrew Ou and Rahim Wasim

•Key returnees: Mitch Akutsu, Matteo Clark, David McLemore and Mark Ticknor