Members of the Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team appeared distraught when outside hitter Becca Sabol injured her right ankle while warming up moments before a Division I district final against Dublin Scioto.

Members of the Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team appeared distraught when outside hitter Becca Sabol injured her right ankle while warming up moments before a Division I district final against Dublin Scioto.

Watching one of their leaders hobble off the court on crutches seemed to affect the second-seeded Shamrocks early in the match Oct. 26 at Bloom-Carroll, as they lost the first game.

But with Sabol cheering on her teammates from the sidelines, Coffman rallied to beat the 12th-seeded Irish 20-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-9 to capture their seventh consecutive district title.

"Seeing Becca go down right before the start of the match was definitely a shock for us and it took a bit of our focus off the (match) for a while," libero Kelsey Kiley said. "But we bounced back well in the second game and got back to playing the way we usually play and that was good enough to win the match."

Since the district tournament began in 1975, no central Ohio team in the big-school division has won more consecutive titles than Coffman. Reynoldsburg won six in a row from 1984-89 and Watterson matched that streak from 2002-07.

"This means a lot to us because we were able to carry on our tradition ...," outside hitter Beatrice Hannan said. "After the first game, we didn't miss as many serves and we had better serve-receiving and passing. Our offense started to click and we played really well together."

"Winning district means a lot to us, especially our seniors because we've been able to do it all four years," outside hitter Kacey Barrett said.

Against Scioto, middle hitter Zoe Birnbrich had 12 kills, Hannan and middle hitter Mahlia Blair both had 11 kills, Barrett had eight kills and five aces, setter Megan Flaherty had 36 assists and libero Sydney Eiselt had 15 digs.

"When Becca went down, we moved Kacey from (opposite hitter) to the outside and there was no better person we could have turned to to get the job done," coach Mary Anne Souder said. "Kacey usually doesn't serve for us, but she came up big with five aces in this match.

"Megan has really grown as a setter and she ran a fast offense in the second, third and fourth games. Zoe was swinging and scoring like crazy and Mahlia hit and blocked really well."

Coffman, which lost to Massillon Jackson 25-20, 25-20, 25-22 in a regional semifinal last season, was 20-5 before playing Lancaster in a regional semifinal Oct. 30 at Hilliard Davidson. The winner faces DeSales or Grove City in a regional final Saturday, Nov. 2, at Davidson.

The Shamrocks did not play Grove City during the regular season but lost to DeSales 25-23, 20-25, 25-14, 25-19 on Sept. 4. The Stallions, who were the top seed in the district, are led by 6-foot outside hitter and University of Connecticut recruit Kenya Cason.

The regional champion faces Amherst Steele, Chagrin Falls Kenston, Strongsville or Toledo St. Ursula in a state semifinal Nov. 7 at Wright State. The state final is Nov. 9 at Wright State.

"I really like the balance we've had in the tournament and I want to see every player on our team continue to contribute in the regional tournament," said Souder, whose team won regional titles in 2009 and 2010, finishing as state runner-up both seasons. "This team is clicking at the right time, more so than any other team I've ever coached, so I think we have a real shot at winning regional."

The Shamrocks defeated 21st-seeded Canal Winchester 25-18, 25-10, 25-11 in a district semifinal Oct. 23 at Bloom-Carroll.

Scioto coach Jackie Helm was proud of her team's effort against Coffman.

"We had three great practices before this match and we were mentally ready to go," said Helm, whose team finished 18-7. "Coffman made some good adjustments after the first game and we couldn't find an answer.

"Coffman has a good tradition of winning district championships and getting this far was new for my players. Hopefully, this experience will make us better prepared for the next time we get this far."

The Irish upset eighth-seeded Olentangy 25-21, 25-23, 25-14 in a district semifinal Oct. 23 at Bloom-Carroll, as libero Ashlyn Leon had 13 digs, setter Casey Mandeville had 29 assists and outside hitter Satsuki Kubo had 14 kills.

"We were so pumped to get to play Coffman because we've never played them before, so we were motivated to play really hard against Olentangy," Mandeville said.

"We played well together and kind of shocked Olentangy, I think."