Fighting illness and injuries, the Hilliard Davidson High School boys volleyball team has yet to put its most experienced lineup on the court.

Fighting illness and injuries, the Hilliard Davidson High School boys volleyball team has yet to put its most experienced lineup on the court.

Coach Jay Cauley expects that to happen Tuesday against Hilliard Darby for what could be a share of the OCC-Ohio Division championship.

The Panthers were 10-2 overall and 6-0 in the league before playing Upper Arlington last Tuesday. Davidson was 7-6 overall and 5-1 in the league before its match with Dublin Coffman last Tuesday.

"We've beaten them pretty handily in past years, so we know they want to kill us," Darby coach Bryan Webb said. "It's going to be a tough match and our boys better be ready."

The Division I state poll released April 19 had Darby ranked ninth and Davidson 10th, with Mount Vernon fourth. They are the top three teams in the region.

Darby won the first match with Davidson 25-5, 25-19, 25-16 on April 15.

"They're fundamentally sound, but we know all Darby teams are like that," Davidson senior outside-hitter David Carraher said. "They've got some kids who can bomb it and they make perfect passes. We're just going to have to take them out of their game and play our game."

The Wildcats were without senior setter Cameron Brown when they last faced the Panthers. Junior outside hitter Jordan Zickafoose has played sparingly because of an injury.

Four returning starters are missing from Darby's lineup because of injuries and academics.

"We always have great games with them," Davidson senior outside-hitter Dan Huey said. "It's like Ohio State playing Michigan. They're going to come at us with their best and we know it's going to be a struggle."

Davidson faced three of the state's top 10 teams last Saturday at the Centerville Elite tournament.

Top-ranked Cincinnati Elder beat the Wildcats 25-20, 25-15, 27-25. The Wildcats also lost to sixth-ranked Cincinnati Moeller 25-14, 28-26, 25-18 and third-ranked Centerville 25-15, 25-21, 25-21.

All six of Davidson's losses have come to ranked teams.

"We've had some close games," Cauley said. "We've just got to find a way to get over that hump. We know teams from southwest Ohio have dominated the state tournament and that's why we scheduled the way we did this year."

Darby lost to Centerville 25-22, 25-16, 25-20 on April 7. Cincinnati St. Xavier won 25-23, 25-15, 25-21 at Worthington Kilbourne's Wolf Open on April 17 as the Panthers took fifth.

Moeller, the defending state champion, ended Darby's season a year ago in a state quarterfinal, winning 26-24, 25-18, 25-20.

A large senior class is prepared to go further this year.

"This year's a lot different," Huey said. "Last year we started with a new coach and had another coaching change midseason. With all that drama aside, we've been focused on what we have to do and I think we have the skill to get it done."

Darby shared the OCC-Ohio last season with Worthington Kilbourne at 9-1, ahead of Davidson (6-4), Coffman (4-6), Upper Arlington (2-8) and Thomas Worthington (0-10).

At a glance

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


*April 20 - Lost to Pickerington North 25-23, 25-15, 25-10

*April 22 - Lost to Mount Vernon 25-13, 25-12, 25-16

Last Saturday - Defeated Olentangy Liberty 21-25, 25-8, 25-17, 25-11; def. Mason 23-25, 27-25, 25-10, 25-22

*Last Tuesday - Played Gahanna

*Today - At Delaware

Saturday - Home vs. Purcell Marian, St. Charles and Akron Hoban

*Tuesday - Home vs. Pickerington Central. Bradley won 26-24, 21-25, 25-21, 25-15 on April 15.

Of note: The Jaguars were 4-9 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Capital before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Capital match


*April 20 - Def. Thomas Worthington 25-6, 25-7, 25-2

*April 22 - Def. Dublin Coffman 25-15, 25-20, 25-19

Last Friday - Def. Watterson 25-23, 28-26, 25-20

*Last Tuesday - Played Upper Arlington

*Today - Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne. Darby won 25-13, 25-15, 23-25, 25-17 on April 6.

*Tuesday - At Davidson. Darby won 25-5, 25-19, 25-16 on April 15.

Of note: The Panthers were 10-2 overall and 6-0 in the OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Ohio match


*April 20 - Def. Worthington Kilbourne 21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-16

*April 22 - Def. Thomas Worthington 25-7, 25-6, 25-11

Last Saturday - Lost to Cincinnati Elder 20-25, 15-25, 25-27, Cincinnati Moeller 14-25, 26-28, 18-25 and Centerville 15-25, 21-25, 21-25 at Centerville Elite tournament

*Last Tuesday - Played Dublin Coffman

Last Wednesday - Played Beavercreek

*Today - Home vs. Upper Arlington. Davidson won 27-29, 25-22, 25-12, 25-20 on April 6

Friday - At Fairborn

*Tuesday - Home vs. Darby. Darby won 25-5, 25-19, 25-16 on April 15

Of note: The Wildcats were 7-6 overall and 5-1 in the OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Ohio match