Improving on last season's record and reaching a Division I East regional semifinal were among the highlights for the Dublin Coffman High School boys volleyball team.

Improving on last season's record and reaching a Division I East regional semifinal were among the highlights for the Dublin Coffman High School boys volleyball team.

The Shamrocks finished 14-12 overall, topping their 11-11 record last year, and finished 6-4 in the OCC-Ohio Division to place third behind Hilliard Darby (10-0) and Hilliard Davidson (8-2) and ahead of Upper Arlington (3-7), Worthington Kilbourne (3-7) and Thomas Worthington (0-10).

Coffman was 4-6 in the league last year.

The sixth-seeded Shamrocks concluded the season with a 25-23, 25-20, 20-25, 25-23 loss to fifth-seeded Gahanna in a regional semifinal May 19.

Coffman reached the semifinal by rallying past Westerville Central 21-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-22 in the first round of the tournament on May 15.

"It was a very close match," coach Mark Saelzler said of the loss to Gahanna. "Both teams played really well. It boiled down to who made more mistakes."

Coffman loses five seniors, including outside hitter Matt VonSchriltz, who was named first-team all-OCC-Ohio and all-region.

"Matt played very well," Saelzler said. "We set him over 500 times during the season, so he's our go-to guy in the back row and in the front row for kills. Our offense ran through Matt."

Senior opposite hitter/setter Greg Hoseus made second-team all-league and honorable mention all-region and junior libero Matt Collins was named honorable mention all-league.

In addition to Collins, expected to return are juniors Alex Meeks, Kort Rantala and Jack Schirmer.

•Jerome ended its season with a 25-16, 25-12, 25-17 loss to defending state champion and top-seeded St. Charles in a Division II regional semifinal May 19 to finish 6-11 overall.

"Our boys might have been a little intimidated by (St. Charles) coming in, but I think we could have hung with them a little better," coach Katherine Fogg said.

The fourth-seeded Celtics rallied to defeat Hilliard Bradley 20-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-12 in the first round May 15.

Jerome finished 4-6 in the OCC-Cardinal to tied Olentangy Liberty for fourth, behind Westerville North (8-2), Scioto (7-3) and Westerville Central (7-3) and ahead of Westerville South (0-10).

Senior outside hitter Kurt Ehlers was named OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year and first-team all-region. Senior libero Ryan Wheeler made first-team all-OCC and honorable mention all-region and senior outside hitter Scott Cheesman was honorable mention all-OCC.

"The seniors are going to be dearly missed," Fogg said. "They were hard-working, fun-loving. They were amazing."

Expected to return are juniors Cole Frazier, Andrew Hood and Angel Lopez and sophomore James Warvel.

"This was a great group of guys," Fogg said. "It's one of the best teams that I've coached overall - attitude and everything. They're just super kids."

•Scioto lost to second-seeded Watterson 25-18, 25-12, 25-27, 25-12 a Division II regional semifinal on May 19 to finish 11-11 overall.

The third-seeded Irish defeated DeSales 25-12, 21-25, 25-23, 25-13 in the first round May 15.

"Watterson is really good and we knew we were going to have to play just about perfect to beat them," coach Doug Arden said.

Scioto tied Westerville Central for second in the OCC-Cardinal at 7-3.

"We were a (match) away from winning our league, which is something we wanted to do," Arden said. "It's the most competitive that we've been for that.

Senior middle hitter Mitch Akutsu was first-team all-OCC-Cardinal and all-region. Senior setter/outside hitter David McLemore made first-team all-league and second-team all-region and senior middle hitter Hector Cintron was second-team all-league.

The Irish lose nine seniors as well as Elias Lambers, an exchange student from Germany.

"It was a good group of seniors," Arden said. "They played together a lot at school, away from school. They're just always going to play together. Chemistry and practicing were really good as well."

Expected to return is freshman setter/outside hitter Josh Ashwill, who was honorable mention all-league.

At a glance

COFFMAN

•Record: 14-12 overall, 6-4 (third) in OCC-Ohio •Seniors lost: Neil Byers, Greg Hoseus, Ryan Parnell, Hayden Pyles and Matt VonSchriltz •Key returnees: Matt Collins and Kort Rantala

JEROME

•Record: 6-11 overall, 4-6 (tied for fourth) in OCC-Cardinal •Seniors lost: Scott Cheesman, Kurt Ehlers, Brian Recker, J.J. Rheinlander, Ryan Wheeler and Matt Wozniak •Key returnee: Cole Frazier

SCIOTO

•Record: 11-11 overall, 7-3 (tied for second) in OCC-Cardinal •Seniors lost: Mitch Akutsu, Jason Boelling, Hector Cintron, Matteo Clark, Michael Geise, John Hong, David McLemore, Daniel Small and Jimmy Vogel •Key returnee: Josh Ashwill