The Hilliard Davidson High School girls volleyball team has an opportunity to avenge a Division I district tournament loss to Newark last season when the teams meet in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. today at Licking Heights.

The Hilliard Davidson High School girls volleyball team has an opportunity to avenge a Division I district tournament loss to Newark last season when the teams meet in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. today at Licking Heights.

The Wildcats defeated Newark 21-25, 25-21, 25-18 in the regular season but lost 25-9, 25-14, 23-25, 25-23 when the teams met in the second round of the tournament last year.

Davidson, seeded fifth, earned the rematch with Newark by defeating Mount Vernon 25-15, 14-25, 25-19, 25-19 in the first round of the tournament Oct. 21 and beating Darby 25-16, 25-16, 25-23 in the second round last Saturday to improve to 15-7 overall.

Newark upset eighth-seeded Dublin Scioto 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 in the second round last Saturday to improve to 14-9.

"(Newark) is a tough bunch and it should be a good (match), but if we come out and play a little better than we did (against Darby), then we should come out on top," coach Betty Cameron said.

The Davidson-Newark winner advances to a district final against second-seeded Pickerington North or sixth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne at 3 p.m. Saturday at Licking Heights. The district champion plays top-seeded Dublin Coffman, Teays Valley, ninth-seeded Upper Arlington or 10th-seeded Watterson in a regional semifinal Wednesday at Davidson. The regional semifinal match will start at approximately 7:30 p.m., after the other semifinal match.

The Wildcats, who last won a district championship in 2006, have not played Pickerington North this season but went 2-0 against Kilbourne in OCC-Central Division play, winning 22-25, 25-17, 25-25, 20-25, 16-14 on Oct. 6 and 25-20, 25-12, 25-10 on Sept. 10.

"If we play more consistently, then I definitely believe we're a district title-caliber team," Cameron said.

Davidson lost both OCC-Central matches against Coffman, falling 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 on Sept. 15 and 25-9, 25-23, 25-22 on Oct. 8, but won both league matches against UA, winning 25-21, 25-22, 25-22 on Sept. 17 and 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 29-27 on Oct. 13. The Wildcats have not played Teays Valley or Watterson this season.

Davidson improved to 3-0 against Darby this season, as the Wildcats defeated the Panthers twice in OCC-Central play, winning 25-15, 25-14, 25-20 on Oct. 15 and 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 on Sept. 22.

Though Davidson again defeated Darby in three games, the tournament match was competitive. In the second game, the Wildcats reeled off four consecutive points behind the serving of Julie Shives to extend their lead to 18-8, essentially putting the game out of reach.

In the third game, Darby rallied from a 15-9 deficit to pull within one point at 23-22 before the Wildcats took three of the next four points to win the match.

"Sometimes we played really well and sometimes we played inconsistent," Cameron said. "It's always hard to beat a team three times, but to be in the same school district as them, that makes it even harder."

Darby, which had a first-round bye, finished 2-17.

"We got off to a slow start and didn't decide to play 100 percent until the end of the game," Panthers coach Megan Ballinger said. "We dug ourselves a five- or six-point hole each game, and you can't do that, because then you're playing from behind the whole match.

"We went this way in the bracket because we felt we could play with Davidson and we knew the girls would be fired up to play them."

•Bradley had a first-round bye in the Division II district tournament and defeated Utica 25-3, 25-14, 25-11 in the second round last Saturday to improve to 19-5.

The fourth-seeded Jaguars will play seventh-seeded Jonathan Alder in a district semifinal at 7:30 p.m. today at Grace Brethren Church, with the winner advancing to play top-seeded Hartley or DeSales in a district final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grace Brethren Church.

Jonathan Alder, which improved to 15-7 with a 25-21, 24-26, 25-18, 25-22 win over eighth-seeded Granville in the second round last Saturday, defeated Bradley 22-25, 25-15, 25-21, 21-25, 15-10 on Aug. 29.

The Jaguars have not played Hartley or DeSales.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Bradley, Darby and Davidson girls volleyball teams:

BRADLEY

Sept. 29 -- Defeated Darby 25-8, 25-22, 25-13 *Oct. 1 -- Lost to Big Walnut 12-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-23 Oct. 3 -- Def. Groveport 25-10, 25-15; lost to Worthington Kilbourne 25-22, 25-22 *Oct. 6 -- Def. Mount Vernon 25-22, 15-25, 25-19, 25-10 *Oct. 13 -- Def. Olentangy Orange 25-6, 25-7, 25-11 *Oct. 15 -- Def. Watkins Memorial 25-11, 25-6, 25-18 Last Saturday -- Def. Utica in second round of Division II district tournament 25-3, 25-14, 25-11 after having first-round bye. The Jaguars are seeded fourth. Today (Thursday) -- At Grace Brethren Church vs. seventh-seeded Jonathan Alder in district semifinal. Winner plays top-seeded Hartley or DeSales in a district final Saturday (1 p.m.) at Grace Brethren Church.

Of note: The Jaguars are 19-5 overall and finished 10-2 (second) in OCC-Capital.

*OCC-Capital match

DARBY

Sept. 29 -- Lost to Bradley 25-8, 25-22, 25-13 *Oct. 1 -- Lost to Upper Arlington 25-22, 27-25, 25-20 *Oct. 6 -- Lost to Dublin Coffman 25-17, 25-12, 25-9 *Oct. 8 -- Lost to Thomas Worthington 25-17, 25-14, 25-17 Oct. 17 -- Lost to Westerville Central 25-25, 26-24; lost to Delaware 25-17, 26-24 Last Saturday -- Lost to Davidson 25-16, 25-16, 25-23 in second round of Division I district tournament after having first-round bye Of note: The Panthers finished 2-17 overall and 0-10 (sixth) in OCC-Central.

*OCC-Central match

DAVIDSON

*Sept. 29 -- Lost to Thomas Worthington 21-25, 22-5, 26-24, 25-23, 15-13 Oct. 1 -- Def. Lancaster 26-28, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22 *Oct. 6 -- Def. Worthington Kilbourne 22-25, 25-17, 25-15, 20-25, 16-14 *Oct. 8 -- Lost to Coffman 25-9, 25-23, 25-22 *Oct. 13 -- Def. UA 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 29-27 Oct. 21 -- Def. Mount Vernon 25-15, 14-25, 25-19, 25-19 in first round of Division I district tournament Last Saturday -- Def. Darby 25-16, 25-16, 25-23 in second round of district tournament Today -- At Licking Heights vs. Newark in district semifinal. Winner plays second-seeded Pickerington North or sixth-seeded Kilbourne in a district final Saturday (3 p.m.) at Licking Heights. The Wildcats are seeded fifth.

Of note: The Wildcats are 15-7 overall and finished 7-3 (second) in OCC-Central.

*OCC-Central match