Dublin Scioto High School boys volleyball coach Doug Arden isn't sure if this was the best season in program history. He only can say with certainty that this was the best season the Irish have had during his eight-year tenure with the program.

Dublin Scioto High School boys volleyball coach Doug Arden isn't sure if this was the best season in program history. He only can say with certainty that this was the best season the Irish have had during his eight-year tenure with the program.

Scioto finished 17-8 overall and advanced to a Division II East Region semifinal.

"This was definitely the best season we've had in terms of wins and losses and in terms of how much fun we had," Arden said. "We knew we had the potential for a good season because we had most of our team back from the previous season. In some ways, we met our expectations. In other ways, we surpassed them."

Scioto won eight of its first nine matches but lost five of its next six. It then won seven of its final eight regular-season matches, including a 25-19, 25-27, 23-25, 25-16, 17-15 win over Westerville North in an OCC-Cardinal Division match May 1.

The Irish went 7-3 in the OCC-Cardinal to tie North for second, behind Olentangy Liberty (10-0) and ahead of Jerome (3-7), Westerville South (3-7) and Westerville Central (0-10).

Scioto also won the Battle of Dublin on May 4, beating Coffman 25-21, 32-20 and defeating Jerome 25-17, 25-22.

The Irish went 5-0 against the other Dublin teams, defeating Jerome 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 on March 29 and 25-18, 25-18, 25-19 on April 24 in league matches and beating Coffman 25-17, 25-13 on April 3.

"Getting out to a fast start like we did helped us build confidence," Arden said. "Our second match against Westerville North was big because it was our senior night and we had to rally from down 2-1 (in games).

"Winning the Battle of Dublin was important to us, too, because it gave us a perfect season against the other Dublin teams."

Seeded third, Scioto defeated fourth-seeded DeSales 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 25-21 in its regional tournament opener May 12 before losing to top-seeded Mount Vernon 25-18, 22-25, 25-16, 25-15 in a semifinal May 16.

"We were missing (junior setter/outside hitter) Colin Pierce for our first tournament match and we still beat a good team in DeSales, which was a big highlight," Arden said.

The Irish lose one senior in John Gresham, a part-time starter at opposite hitter.

Among those expected to return are Pierce, juniors Yoshi Akutsu (opposite hitter), Josh Ashwill (setter/outside hitter), Ryan Link (defensive specialist), Mason Matheny (libero), Michael Orender (middle hitter), Noah Schuster (middle hitter), Zane Sherman (defensive specialist) and Travis Wehder (opposite hitter).

Ashwill, who led the team in kills, aces and assists, was named first-team all-state, all-region and all-league. Matheny was first-team all-region and second-team all-league and Pierce was second-team all-region and all-league.

Also earning honors were Akutsu (honorable mention all-region), Orender (special mention all-league) and Wehder (honorable mention all-region and all-league).

"To have almost everyone coming back after the season we had, you have to feel good about our future," Arden said.

Shamrocks coach excited about future

With only one player with previous varsity experience in the lineup, Coffman finished 5-19 overall.

Seeded 13th, the Shamrocks lost to sixth-seeded St. Charles 25-18, 25-14, 25-19 in the first round of the Division I East Region tournament May 12.

Coffman went 1-9 in the OCC-Ohio to finish sixth, behind Hilliard Darby (10-0), Hilliard Davidson (8-2), Worthington Kilbourne (5-5), Thomas Worthington (4-6) and Upper Arlington (2-8).

The Shamrocks defeated UA 25-27, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20 on April 26 for their only league win.

"Our kids learned how to play the game and we developed our program this year," coach Mark Saelzler said. "Beating Upper Arlington at home was our best match of the season."

The Shamrocks lose four senior starters in Adam Bailey (setter), Kevin Putnam (libero/defensive specialist), Steffan Thomas (middle hitter) and Eric Whitley (opposite hitter).

Bailey was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-region.

Among those expected to return are four starters in juniors Colin Hayes (middle hitter), Trent Rantala (outside hitter) and Kyle White (outside hitter) and sophomore Patrick Smith (libero).

Hayes was second-team all-league and Rantala was honorable mention all-league.

"I'm pleased with the direction that we're going and I'm excited about the future because we've got some good (junior varsity) players who will move up and help us get better," Saelzler said.

Celtics finish with same record as 2011

Jerome finished 3-13 overall, losing to second-seeded Watterson 25-17, 25-12, 25-17 in the first round of the Division II East Region tournament May 12.

The Celtics, who were the seventh seed, won three of their first six matches but ended the season on a 10-match losing streak.

Jerome also finished 3-13 last season.

"Our kids developed a lot over the season, which is rewarding to see as a coach," coach Katherine Fogg said. "We took a set from Westerville North (in a 25-18, 25-22, 13-25, 25-15 loss on April 12) and we came out strong against Watterson in the first game in the tournament."

The Celtics lose four seniors who started multiple matches in Keenan Fukunaga (defensive specialist), Griffin McKenna (outside hitter), Kyle Sankovich (setter/opposite hitter) and James Warvel (middle hitter).

Warvel was first-team all-league and second-team all-region and McKenna was honorable mention all-league.

Among those expected to return are juniors Alex Cathis (middle hitter) and Kion Rashidi (libero) and sophomores Tommy Keller (setter) and Logan Mosher (setter).

"James Warvel was a four-year letterwinner who set the tone with his leadership and skill," Fogg said. "Tommy Keller grew a lot as a setter and our younger guys showed a lot of improvement. Our j.v. team had several players who picked it up, so I'm excited about our team's future."