The Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team wasn't at full strength when it played Brookhaven in the second round of the Division I district tournament last Saturday at Licking Heights.

The Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team wasn't at full strength when it played Brookhaven in the second round of the Division I district tournament last Saturday at Licking Heights.

Senior outside hitter Andrea Baylin, the OCC-Central Division Player of the Year and Central District Player of the Year last season, had to sit out the match because she was ill.

Nevertheless, the top-seeded Shamrocks pounded the Bearcats 25-7, 25-5, 25-9 to improve to 24-0 heading into a district semifinal last Tuesday against Teays Valley.

"You're always going to miss a player like Baylin because she's so good, but our team has so many good players that we were still able to win easily in three," senior middle hitter Alex Blair said. "Our freshman, Cassie Hausfeld, stepped up and played well in place of her at outside hitter, and everyone contributed. We're all playing well and that's why we're having such a great season."

Three days earlier, Coffman opened tournament play with a 25-2, 25-12, 25-1 victory over Walnut Ridge.

The Shamrocks have won 36 games in a row, and have lost only one game this season, during a 23-25, 25-10, 25-17 victory over Butler on Sept. 26.

Coffman, which lost to Olentangy 25-22, 21-25, 25-17, 15-25, 15-4 in a regional semifinal last year, was ranked second in the state poll, behind Cincinnati Ursuline Academy last week.

The Shamrocks were ranked sixth in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national poll as well.

With a win over Teays Valley, Coffman would advance to the district final Saturday at Licking Heights to play ninth-seeded Upper Arlington or 10th-seeded Watterson.

The Shamrocks beat UA 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 on Sept. 22 and 25-6, 25-7, 25-12 on Oct. 15, but haven't played Watterson since losing to the Eagles 25-18, 25-23, 25-16 in a regional semifinal two year ago.

The winner of the district final will play in a regional semifinal Wednesday at Hilliard Davidson against second-seeded Pickerington North, Hilliard Davidson, Newark or Worthington Kilbourne. The regional final will be held Nov. 7 at Davidson.

Coffman beat North 25-16, 25-17 on Sept. 19, downed Davidson 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 on Sept. 15 and 25-9, 25-23, 25-22 on Oct. 8, and defeated Kilbourne 25-10, 25-12, 25-12 on Sept. 17 and 25-20, 25-14, 25-9 on Oct. 13.

The Shamrocks won district titles each of the past two seasons.

"I'm really confident we'll win district again if we play to our level and not down to our level of our opponents," Blair said. "We've beat Pickerington North this year, but they're an excellent team and they always do well in tournaments, so we've got to be ready to do our best if we play them in the regional tournament."

Leading Coffman in kills are Baylin, Blair, Bailey Farthing and Meredith Stranges, while Blair, Farthing and Isolde Hannan are leading in blocking, Lindsey Zitzke is leading in assists, and Stacy Axner, Baylin and Julia Mindlina are leading in digs.

"We've got six players who are over 6-foot tall, so our offense and blocking is good," Blair said. "We've become a real good defensive team, too."

•Eighth-seeded Scioto lost to Newark 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 in the second round of the Division I district tournament last Saturday to finish 16-8 overall.

"We were pretty even with Newark, but our blocking wasn't as strong as it needed to be and we had some defensive breakdowns," coach Todd Huff said. "Kim Trask and Samantha Melchor swung hard and got a lot of balls in, and if our defense could have blocked better and dug a few more balls up, we might have won the match."

Three days earlier, the Irish beat Westerville North 25-13, 25-18, 25-12 in their Division I district tournament opener.

"Westerville North decided they wanted to play us, even though there were still 15 or 16 slots open (on the tournament bracket) and we had beaten them twice in the regular season, so I'm glad we were able to take them down for a third time," Huff said. "Jaimee O'Connell did everything and was amazing, and Maria Destadio had a great defensive game."

At a glance

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

COFFMAN

*Oct. 13 -- Defeated Worthington Kilbourne 25-20, 25-14, 25-9 *Oct. 15 -- Def. Upper Arlington 25-6, 25-7, 25-12 Oct. 21 -- Def. Walnut Ridge 25-2, 25-12, 25-1 in Division I district tournament opener Last Saturday -- Def. Brookhaven 25-7, 25-5, 25-9 Last Tuesday -- Played Teays Valley in semifinal. The winner will play in the final Saturday at Licking Heights vs. ninth-seeded Upper Arlington or 10th-seeded Watterson. The winner of that will play in a regional semifinal Wednesday at Hilliard Davidson vs. second-seeded Pickerington North, Hilliard Davidson, Newark or Worthington Kilbourne. The regional final will be held Nov. 7 at Davidson. Coffman is seeded first. Of note: The Shamrocks were 24-0 overall before last Tuesday and finished 10-0 in the OCC-Central.

*OCC-Central match

JEROME

*Oct. 13 -- Lost to Scioto 25-20, 29-31, 25-21, 25-16 *Oct. 15 -- Lost to Westerville Central 25-21, 25-9, 25-15 Oct. 22 -- Lost to sixth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 25-12, 25-14, 25-19 in Division I district tournament opener

Of note: The Celtics finished 3-17 overall and 2-12 in the OCC.

SCIOTO

Oct. 12 -- Def. Marion Pleasant 25-22, 25-17, 25-18 *Oct. 13 -- Def. Jerome 25-20, 29-31, 25-21, 25-16 *Oct. 15 -- Def. Marysville 19-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-14 Oct. 21 -- Def. Westerville North 25-13, 25-18, 25-12 in Division I district tournament opener Last Saturday -- Lost to Newark 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 in second round of district tournament. Of note: The Irish finished 16-8 overall and 11-3 in the OCC-Cardinal.

*OCC-Cardinal match