Under normal circumstances, the Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team's 25-4, 25-14, 25-6 victory over Franklin Heights in its Division I district tournament opener wouldn't have been very memorable for the Shamrocks.

Under normal circumstances, the Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team's 25-4, 25-14, 25-6 victory over Franklin Heights in its Division I district tournament opener wouldn't have been very memorable for the Shamrocks.

But after the match, which was played last Saturday at Columbus East, coach Mary Anne Souder surprised senior opposite hitter Meredith Stranges and senior setter Lindsey Zitzke by having their teammates sign two volleyballs, which she presented to each of them in honor of their 100th career victory at Coffman.

Stranges and Zitzke are the first players in team history to have been part of squads that won 100 varsity matches.

"It really wasn't on our minds coming into the match, but once we stopped to think about it, we realized that it really is a great achievement because being on good teams like we've had here for four years doesn't happen very often," Stranges said. "Getting those volleyballs at the end of the match was special. I'll probably keep mine forever."

Zitzke, who has been named the co-district and OCC-Central Division Player of the Year, has started for Coffman since she was a freshman.

"I never would have expected this to happen," Zitzke said. "Playing volleyball at Coffman has been a great experience. Every time I look at this ball, I'll have 100 good memories."

The top-seeded Shamrocks quickly dismantled Franklin Heights, as Cassie Hausfeld, Julia Mindlina and Zitzke each had multiple aces.

"This was a good game for our younger players to get in there and get some tournament experience," Zitzke said.

Coffman, which lost to Cincinnati Ursuline Academy 25-16, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17 in the state final a year ago, was 22-1 before playing Chillicothe in a semifinal last Tuesday.

The winner will play 10th-seeded Newark or 12th-seeded Westerville Central in the final Saturday at Licking Heights.

The winner of that will advance to a regional semifinal on Nov. 4 at Hilliard Davidson to face third-seeded Olentangy Liberty, fourth-seeded Upper Arlington, sixth-seeded Watterson or ninth-seeded Grove City. The regional final will be held Nov. 6 at Davidson.

The Shamrocks are seeking their fourth consecutive district title.

Isolde Hannan, Stranges and Zitzke are each first-team all-district and first-team all-league.

Through 23 matches, Hannan had 111 kills and 50 blocks, Stranges had 154 kills and 115 digs, and Zitzke had 437 assists, 79 digs and 76 kills.

Mindlina, who had 152 digs, was second-team all-district and second-team all-league.

Hausfeld, who had 43 aces, was honorable mention all-league.

"We don't have any weaknesses on the court, so we just need to continue playing together," Zitzke said. "We know we can't look past any team, so we have to stay focused on each match, and play scrappy in the back row."

At a glance

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

JEROME

Oct. 19 - Defeated Marysville 26-24, 25-18, 25-23 in Division I district opener

Oct. 21 - Lost to third-seeded Olentangy Liberty 25-20, 25-7, 25-11 in second round

Of note: The Celtics finished 5-13.

SCIOTO

Oct. 21 - Lost to Tri-Valley 15-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-18 in Division I district tournament opener

Of note: The Irish finished 10-13.

Coffman coach Mary Anne Souder (center) poses with Meredith Stranges (left) and Lindsey Zitzke after the seniors earned their 100th varsity victory when the Shamrocks defeated Franklin Heights last Saturday their opening game of the Division I district tournament.