The Hilliard Darby High School boys volleyball team will be making its third consecutive appearance in a Division I state semifinal Sunday, May 27, at Cincinnati Moeller.

The Hilliard Darby High School boys volleyball team will be making its third consecutive appearance in a Division I state semifinal Sunday, May 27, at Cincinnati Moeller.

The Panthers held off Cincinnati St. Xavier 21-25, 25-15, 29-27, 11-25, 15-13 in a state quarterfinal May 26 at Moeller.

"After the fourth game, we just told our guys to wash it away," coach Bryan Webb said. "We had a similar situation happen to us at (Cincinnati) Elder earlier this year, where we got blown away and had to come back and forget about it to win the match in the next game.

"We traded points for a while in the fifth game and were up 12-10 when Nic Baker had a big ace and we were able to hold on from there. Cory Fitzsimmons played an outstanding match. He passed well, made some unbelievable digs and was consistent. Stephen Yeager was very good with a couple big blocks. He either made kills or kept the ball in play. He made very few errors."

Darby, which improved to 25-3, plays defending champion Lakewood St. Edward in a semifinal at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, May 27. The winner plays Moeller or West Chester Lakota West in the championship at 6 p.m.

Moeller advanced by beating Hilliard Bradley 25-11, 25-15, 25-17 in a quarterfinal May 26.

Bradley, making its first state tournament appearance, finished 21-5. Moeller has won four state titles in the past decade.

"They absolutely played like they were the best team in the state," Bradley coach Zach Franklin said of Moeller. "We played Darby, St. Xavier and (Clayton) Northmont, but Moeller was just so strong. There wasn't a lot we could do about it."