Coffman reaches semifinal
The Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team opened the Division I district tournament Oct. 17 at home with a 25-12, 25-14, 25-18 victory over Groveport.
The top-seeded Shamrocks were 20-3 before playing No. 12 Mount Vernon in a semifinal Oct. 24 at Big Walnut.
The winner advances to a final against fifth-seeded Hilliard Bradley or seventh-seeded Olentangy at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Big Walnut. That winner advances to a regional semifinal Nov. 1 at Hilliard Davidson against Massillon Jackson, North Canton Hoover, Uniontown Lake or Wooster.
Irish showed improvement
Scioto opened the Division I district tournament Oct. 16 at home with a 25-16, 25-14, 25-12 win over New Albany.
Junior setter Casey Mandeville had 29 assists, sophomore outside hitter Satsuki Kubo had 10 kills and five aces and senior libero Alexa Pothoven had 21 digs.
The 16th-seeded Irish then lost to 11th-seeded and host Grove City 25-17, 30-28, 25-15 in the second round Oct. 18.
Coach Jackie Helm said she was proud her team finished 10-13 overall and won a tournament match after going 3-20 and losing in the first round of district a year ago.
"The girls definitely felt like they had something to prove heading into the first round, as they were well aware that New Albany came after us in the tournament draw," said Helm, whose squad finished 5-9 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. "Unfortunately, we started off the first (game) slow and found ourselves in a hole down (7-0). I called a timeout; we regrouped and never looked back.
"We finished the match playing the best volleyball we have all season. It was a total team effort and a very balanced offensive attack as McKenzie Schuster, Maddie Wilcox, Kelsey Esterline, Ashton Pfeiffer and Satsuki Kubo each posted five or more kills. The defense was led by three seniors: captain and libero Alexa Pothoven and defensive specialists Kelly Clark and Taylor Martin."
Celtics ousted in first round
Jerome opened the Division I district tournament Oct. 15 with a 24-26, 25-14, 25-17, 26-28, 15-12 loss at 13th-seeded Thomas Worthington.
The Celtics finished 7-15 overall and 4-10 in the OCC-Cardinal.