Dublin Jerome High School boys volleyball coach Katherine Fogg doesn't deny that her team missed senior outside hitter Chris Frey during its Division II East Region tournament opener against DeSales on May 14.

Dublin Jerome High School boys volleyball coach Katherine Fogg doesn't deny that her team missed senior outside hitter Chris Frey during its Division II East Region tournament opener against DeSales on May 14.

But after the Celtics lost to the Stallions 25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17, Fogg didn't pin the loss on the absence of Frey, who couldn't play because of a work commitment.

"We were missing one of our outside hitters and that hurt us a little bit, but the reason we lost was we had a breakdown in passing," said Fogg, whose team finished 3-13 overall. "The match could have gone either way, but we didn't pass well enough to win."

After losing their first nine matches, the Celtics won three of their final six regular-season matches, beating Dublin Scioto 24-26, 25-23, 25-13 on May 6 to avenge two earlier losses to the Irish.

Jerome finished sixth in the OCC-Cardinal Division at 1-9, behind Westerville North (10-0), Olentangy Liberty (8-2), Westerville Central (6-4), Westerville South (3-7) and Scioto (2-8).

"The highlights were beating Scioto in the Battle of Dublin and seeing the improvements that the kids made throughout the season," Fogg said.

The Celtics lose five seniors who started multiple matches in Frey (outside hitter), Blaine Hafner (libero), Andrew Hood (setter), Jacob Lipps (outside hitter) and Angel Lopez (opposite hitter).

Hood was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-region, and Lopez was honorable mention all-league.

Three players who started multiple matches are expected back in juniors Griffin McKenna (outside hitter) and James Warvel (middle hitter), and sophomore Alex Cathis (middle hitter).

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

"Our seniors were big assets to our team, but we have some young players who are going to develop into strong players in the future," Fogg said.

Scioto opened the Division II East Region tournament on May 14 with a 25-17, 18-25, 25-22, 25-14 win over Whetstone before losing to second-seeded Hilliard Bradley 25-14, 25-7, 25-12 in a semifinal May 18.

In the tournament, the Irish were missing two starters in sophomore setter/outside hitter Josh Ashwill (broken left wrist) and sophomore middle hitter Noah Schuster (sprained ankle).

"Beating Whetstone was big for us because we were missing two of our better players," said coach Doug Arden, whose squad finished 6-15 overall and fifth in the OCC-Cardinal at 2-8. "We passed well and played well across the board. Hilliard Bradley was a lot better than us. They're real skilled and they played at a much faster pace than we had seen, and we couldn't keep up with them."

Scioto beat Jerome 21-25, 25-13, 25-18, 31-29 on March 31 and 17-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 17-15 on April 26 for its two league victories. The Irish rallied from a 24-13 deficit in the fourth game of the first match against the Celtics, and came back from a 14-10 deficit in the fifth game of the second match.

"Those were nice wins against our cross-town rival, especially since we made huge comebacks in both of those matches," Arden said.

Scioto loses two senior starters in Chris Vogel (setter/outside hitter) and Arif Nuri (defensive specialist/middle hitter).

Vogel was honorable mention all-league and all-region.

Seven players who started multiple matches are expected to return in Ashwill, Schuster, junior Adam Allard (opposite hitter/middle hitter) and sophomores Yoshi Akutsu (opposite hitter), Grant Anderson (middle hitter/opposite hitter), Mason Matheny (libero) and Colin Pierce (middle hitter).

Ashwill, who was first-team all-league and second-team all-region, was leading the Irish in kills, assists and aces before getting hurt while playing basketball on May 1.

"I feel really good about who we have coming back," Arden said. "We won't need to start from the basics next year like we did this year."

Coffman opened the Division I East Region tournament on May 14 with a 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-19 win over Olentangy Liberty before losing to third-seeded Mount Vernon 25-18, 25-16, 25-22 in a semifinal on May 18.

"Liberty is very tall, but we have quicker middles, and once we started throwing it faster in the middle, they couldn't handle it," coach Mark Saelzler said. "Mount Vernon played flawless and that wasn't our best game. We didn't pass well and we couldn't hit in the middle because of our passing."

Among Coffman's victories were a 25-22, 25-18, 25-18 win over St. Charles on April 4 and a 25-27, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19 win over Worthington Kilbourne on May 3.

The Shamrocks tied Kilbourne for third in the OCC-Ohio at 5-5, behind Hilliard Darby (10-0) and Hilliard Davidson (8-2), and ahead of Upper Arlington (2-8) and Thomas Worthington (0-10).

"Our wins over St. Charles and Kilbourne were the highlights of our season because of the way we played in those matches," Saelzler said.

Coffman loses six senior starters in Matt Collins (libero), Logan McCamish (setter), Alex Meeks (outside hitter), Kort Rantala (middle hitter), Scott Roth (opposite hitter) and Jack Schirmer (outside hitter).

One starter is expected to return in sophomore middle hitter Colin Hayes.

"Our seniors had good chemistry," Saelzler said. "Next year will be a building year off of Colin Hayes as our foundation. (Junior) Adam Bailey will need to step up and set for us, and we'll need to develop some of our younger players into varsity players."