Coffman wins OCC-Central title
The Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team beat Olentangy Liberty 25-19, 25-23, 25-21 on Oct. 9 and defeated Upper Arlington 25-18, 25-16, 25-12 on Oct. 11 to win the OCC-Central Division championship.
The Shamrocks, who have won six consecutive league titles, finished 14-0 in the OCC-Central, with Liberty placing second at 12-2.
"We're very proud because our league was a little stronger across the board this year, and it feels great to go undefeated to win it again," coach Mary Anne Souder said. "Liberty made our league stronger when they joined it this year, and that's good because it made us have to step things up to beat them."
According to Souder, during league play McKenzie Bailey and Cassie Hausfeld were the team leaders in kills, Mahlia Blair and Beatrice Hannan led in blocks, Megan Mills led in digs, Jenn Vargo led in assists and Hausfeld led in aces.
"Our team is so deep that we have a lot of people coming off the bench to contribute, too," Bailey said. "Beating Olentangy Liberty on our senior night to win the OCC was a big deal because winning the OCC has become a tradition and expectation for us."
Coffman lost to Toledo St. Ursula 25-19, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14 on Oct. 13 to finish the regular season 19-3 overall.
The top-seeded Shamrocks opened the Division I district tournament Oct. 17 against Groveport or Westland in the second round. The winner plays 12th-seeded Mount Vernon, 13th-seeded Thomas Worthington, Jerome or Olentangy Orange in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Big Walnut.
Coffman has won five consecutive district championships and lost to Pickerington North 22-25, 16-25, 25-14, 26-24, 15-12 in a regional semifinal last year. The Shamrocks lost in the state final in 2009 and 2010.
"Our expectations are to get past the district tournament to make another state tournament run," Bailey said.