The 11th-seeded Grove City High School girls volleyball team enjoyed one of its best seasons,finishing 16-9 overall and tying and Newark for third at 8-6 in the OCC-Ohio Division behind Pickerington North (14-0) and Gahanna (12-2).

The 11th-seeded Grove City High School girls volleyball team enjoyed one of its best seasons,finishing 16-9 overall and tying and Newark for third at 8-6 in the OCC-Ohio Division behind Pickerington North (14-0) and Gahanna (12-2).

A year ago the Greyhounds finished 9-14 and 1-9. This season ended with a 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 25-6 loss to third-seeded Olentangy in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 23 at Licking Heights.

"I am extremely proud of everyone single one of these players," coach Alan Pham said. "They've worked so hard since February to get to this point. From the inclement winter weather to the hot summer days, through all the physical aches and pain, they continued to work hard and it paid off with a very good season."

Grove City will lose seniors Rebecca Carl, Tori Crump, Rachel Fraser, Gabby Miller, Monica Reis and Shelby Sampson.

Sampson, who led the team in aces (76) and was second in kills (172), was a first-team all-OCC and all-district. Reis tied for the lead in service percentage (.950) and was second in blocks (55)and was honorable mention all-OCC.

Carl was third in kills (124), Miller was third in set assists (47) and Crump was third in blocks (37).

"We're going to lose a lot of senior leadership, but I'm not too worried," Pham said.

"I'm excited about the young players we have coming up to compete for varsity next season. We might not be as tall as we were this season, but I think our overall team speed will increase."

Top expected returnees are juniors Heather Davis (libero) and Jesse Miller (setter/defensive specialist) and sophomores Ellen Conti (middle hitter/outside hitter) and Amber Kennett (setter).

The 6-foot Conti was second-team all-OCC and honorable mention all-district. She led the team with 205 kills and 74 blocks. Davis was the team leader in digs (139) and Kennett led in set assists (406) and was third in aces (25) and service percentage (.940). Jesse Miller was second in set assists (151).

"I think we've proven to everyone that volleyball in Grove City can be just as good and competitive as any other program in the district," Pham said.

"I know there's still a ton of work to be done to get to the top, but this season just really shows we've got players that can really help take this program far."

•Central Crossing finished a program-best 14-10 overall after losing to sixth-seeded Westerville Central 21-25, 28-26, 25-22, 25-22 in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 18.

The Comets also were third in the OCC-Central at 8-6 behind Dublin Coffman (14-0) and Hilliard Davidson (10-4).

"Overall I was happy," second-year coach Julie Peters said.

"We competed in one of the most competitive leagues and we finished third. Now we've seen this league and we know what to expect."

Central Crossing won its last four regular-season matches, then beat Zanesville 25-16, 25-23, 25-13 in the opening round of the district tournament Oct. 16.

The Comets will lose seniors Dana Barber, Brittany Hendershot, Chloe Richardson and Alisha Wyatt. Richardson, an outside hitter and middle blocker, was honorable mention all-OCC.

Expected back are juniors Claire Bohne (middle blocker), Julia Champman (defensive specialist), Kelsey Kuehner (right-side hitter/setter), Natalie Rizzonellie (right-side hitter/setter) and Julie Shives (setter/right-side hitter). Shives was first-team all-OCC and all-district.

Sophomores with varsity experience include Miranda Mounts (outside hitter) and Paige Zelich (middle blocker).

"Next year we should do much better with the talent we have," Peters said.

At a glance

CENTRAL CROSSING

•Record: 14-10 overall, 8-6 (third) in OCC-Central

•Seniors lost: Dana Barber, Brittany Hendershot, Chloe Richardson and Alisha Wyatt

•Key returnees: Claire Bohne, Julia Champman, Kelsey Kuehner, Natalie Rizzonellie and Julie Shives

GROVE CITY

•Record: 16-9 overall, 8-6 (tied for third) in OCC-Ohio

•Seniors lost: Rebecca Carl, Tori Crump, Rachel Fraser, Gabby Miller, Monica Reis and Shelby Sampson

•Key returnees: Ellen Conti, Heather Davis, Amber Kennett and Jesse Miller