"Flat" was the way Hilliard Davidson High School girls volleyball coach Betty Cameron summed up her team's performance Sept. 19.

"Flat" was the way Hilliard Davidson High School girls volleyball coach Betty Cameron summed up her team's performance Sept. 19.

The Wildcats lost to host Dublin Coffman 25-16, 25-11, 26-24 in an OCC-Central Division match, leaving Cameron looking for answers.

"We came out very flat for some reason," said Cameron, whose team lost to Coffman 25-27, 25-23, 25-17, 17-25, 15-8 on Aug. 27 in the first round of league play. "We were unprepared, and this should be a wake-up call for us."

Davidson, which defeated Jonathan Alder 25-18, 25-16, 28-26 on Sept. 21, was 11-5 overall and 6-2 in the OCC-Central before playing Central Crossing on Sept. 24. Coffman entered the week 8-0 in league play.

"We have to be ready to play mentally as well as physically," Cameron said. "We need to have better communication and stay in control on the floor. We have to stay with our system and not try to put our own spin on it."

Through 14 matches, freshmen middle/outside hitter Kendyl Paris was averaging 10 kills, 2.5 blocks and 1.8 aces per match, junior outside hitter Olivia Canestraro was averaging 7.9 kills, 12.1 digs and 1.1 blocks, junior setter Meghan Munson was averaging 29.1 assists and 1.2 aces, junior middle hitter Anne Schroeder was averaging 7.2 kills and 1.3 blocks, junior outside hitter Meghan Murphy was averaging 5.8 kills, 9.6 digs and 1.4 aces and freshman defensive specialist Ari Sherzai was averaging 13.9 digs and 1.4 aces.

"We had a hiccup," Cameron said, referring to the second loss to Coffman. "We have to get back to playing as a team, playing with chemistry and confidence."

Coach doesn't wantJaguars to be passive

Bradley coach RyAnne Ufferman has noticed a change in her team's play in recent matches and it has her a bit concerned.

"We are just trying to play with more momentum and more enthusiasm," she said. "We won a lot of (matches) early in the season and, instead of building our confidence, it seemed to make us passive. We started playing 'not to lose' instead of coming out and playing to our potential."

The Jaguars were 13-3 overall and 7-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Westerville South on Sept. 24. Their only league loss came against Dublin Scioto, 25-17, 25-22, 17-25, 16-25, 15-12 on Sept. 12.

The Irish entered the week 8-0 in league play.

Bradley travels to defending league champion Westerville Central on Thursday, Sept. 26. The Jaguars beat the Warhawks 25-19, 25-23, 25-17 on Sept. 3 in the first round of league play.

"When we played (Central) the first time, we played every ball," Ufferman said. "We gave extra effort defensively and picked up some really good digs. We played with intensity and pride and really made every ball count. (The Warhawks) are a good team, and we know they will be ready to play.

"Central blocked us really well. They did a good job getting up on us and defending us from the front line. They also played good defense and kept rallies going for extended amounts of time."

Through 15 matches, senior libero Jen Espenschied was averaging 13.1 digs and 1.8 aces, senior setter Christy Tieman was averaging 23.7 assists, 4.9 digs and 2.7 kills, junior middle hitter Darby Connors was averaging 7.7 kills, 3.5 blocks, 2.1 aces and 1.7 digs, junior outside hitter Meredith Miller was averaging 8.2 digs and 7.3 kills, senior outside hitter Lexi Jacobs was averaging 5.2 kills and two blocks and junior outside hitter Raimey Benson was averaging 5.5 kills, 3.1 digs and 1.5 blocks.

Panthers' teamworkmaking a difference

Darby was 7-8 overall and 2-6 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Dublin Jerome on Sept. 24.

The Panthers entered the match one win shy of their victory total from last season, when they finished 8-16.

"There are quite of few things that I think have helped in winning the seven matches," coach Liz Rundio said. "Firstly, the girls have worked hard in practice and, secondly, all of the girls get along on and off the court. Lastly, the girls realize that if they play together and want the same thing, anything can happen."

The Panthers lost to Westerville North 21-25, 25-20, 25-15, 20-25, 19-17 on Sept. 19. They had lost in three games to the Warriors in the first round of league play, 25-16, 25-19, 25-20 on Aug. 27.

"We need to work on the mental part of the game," Rundio said. "In matches, we make mental errors by hitting balls out of bounds or in the net. We need to eliminate errors on our side and make the other team earn their points. We are getting better with it as the season goes on, but we have not been consistent enough."

Through 14 matches, junior setter/right-side hitter Gabby Adrian was averaging 7.6 kills and 6.5 digs, junior outside/right-side hitter Maddie Platfoot was averaging 4.3 kills, senior middle hitter Caitlin Snyder was averaging 3.7 kills, junior defensive specialist Emily Davis was averaging six digs and 1.6 aces, senior libero Ellie Mathews was averaging 15.4 digs and 1.2 aces and senior outside/right-side hitter Katie Moore was averaging 7.1 digs and one ace.