Pickerington Times-Sun

Girls Volleyball

Tigers, Panthers ousted from district tournament

Wednesday October 23, 2013 2:02 PM

The Pickerington High School Central and North girls volleyball teams' seasons both came to an end last week.

North, which was seeded 17th in the Division I district tournament, lost at 11th-seeded Olentangy Liberty 25-23, 25-16, 25-22 in a second-round match Oct. 16. The Panthers, who finished 14-10 overall and 10-4 in the OCC-Ohio Division, advanced by sweeping 30th-seeded and visiting Independence 25-3, 25-14, 25-18 on Oct. 14.

Central, which was the 34th seed, pulled off a road victory in the first round Oct. 14, defeating 29th-seeded Briggs 25-12, 25-17, 25-7 before losing at top-seeded DeSales 25-8, 25-11, 25-9 on Oct. 16. The Tigers finished 6-16 overall and were 3-11 in the OCC-Ohio.

Higher-seeded teams played host to matches in the first two rounds.

North finished third in the OCC-Ohio, behind Grove City (14-0) and Lancaster (12-2) and ahead of Gahanna (8-6), Newark (6-8), Central, Groveport (2-12) and Reynoldsburg (1-13).

The Panthers lose three seniors in defensive specialists Olivia Goodin and Lauren Martini and middle hitter/outside hitter Jessie Wachtman, who missed North's last several matches after sustaining a torn meniscus. Wachtman has committed to Morehead State.

Central is expected to return its entire team other than senior middle hitter Adelia Manley.

--Dave Purpura