The Olentangy High School girls volleyball team won its last two OCC-Capital Division matches to win a share of its first league title since 2008.
The Braves beat host Mount Vernon 25-15, 25-19, 26-28, 25-7 on Oct. 8 and defeated visiting Delaware 26-24, 25-15, 25-13 on Oct. 10 to finish 12-2 in the league and share the title with Worthington Kilbourne (12-2).
"The girls were a little upset that we didn't win the OCC title outright, but I reminded them that there were four good teams in our conference and we had to do this without our top player," coach Michelle Mimna said.
Outside hitter Ganiru Anunike is recovering from a stress fracture in her left tibia.
The eighth-seeded Braves were 19-4 overall after opening the Division I district tournament by defeating 40th-seeded Columbus West 25-8, 25-5, 25-7 on Oct. 14 at home. Olentangy played host to 20th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in the second round Oct. 16, with the winner advancing to a semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Bloom-Carroll to face 12th-seeded Dublin Scioto or 46th-seeded Northland.
Leading Olentangy through 22 matches were opposite hitter Sammy Diamond (151 kills), outside hitter Madison Griffin (127 kills), middle hitter Lauren Judge (120 kills, 37 blocks), setter Sarah Arango (125 kills, 452 assists) and libero Makayla Kochheiser (349 digs).
"We have a lot of different weapons so teams can't focus on stopping just one of our players," Mimna said.
Patriots finish third in league
Liberty lost to Dublin Coffman 21-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-18 on Oct. 8 and defeated Thomas Worthington 25-18, 25-22, 25-14 on Oct. 10 to finish third (10-4) in the OCC-Central behind Coffman (14-0) and Hilliard Davidson (12-2).
The Patriots also went 2-1 in the Tourney for the Cure on Oct. 12 at Pickerington North to improve to 15-7 overall.
The 11th-seeded Patriots opened the district tournament Oct. 16 by playing host to 17th-seeded Pickerington North or 30th-seeded Independence. The winner advanced to a semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Whitehall to face 14th-seeded Westerville North, 19th-seeded Marysville or 22nd-seeded Hilliard Darby.
Pioneers competing in district tourney
Orange lost to Big Walnut 25-10, 25-11, 25-14 on Oct. 8 and to Kilbourne 25-18, 25-12, 21-25, 25-9 on Oct. 10 to finish 5-9 in the OCC-Capital.
The 25th-seeded Pioneers were 7-15 overall before opening the district tournament Oct. 15 at 15th-seeded Gahanna. The winner will face 16th-seeded Thomas in the second round Thursday, Oct. 17, at the home of the higher-seeded team, with that winner playing in a district semifinal Oct. 24 at Whitehall