District final recap roundup
Dublin Coffman's Beatrice Hannan, center, celebrates a point during a Division I district final against Dublin Scioto on Oct. 26 at Bloom-Carroll. Coffman won 3-1.
The second-seeded Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team rallied to defeat 12th-seeded Dublin Scioto 20-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-9 in a Division I district final held Oct. 26 at Bloom-Carroll.
The Shamrocks improved to 20-5 overall and captured their seventh consecutive district championship, while the Irish finished 18-7 overall.
Middle hitter Zoe Birnbrich hit .733 with 12 kills and only one error on 15 attempts to help Coffman advance to a regional semifinal against Lancaster on Oct. 30 at Hilliard Davidson.
Outside hitter Beatrice Hannan hit .471 with 11 kills, middle hitter Mahlia Blair had 11 kills, outside hitter Kacey Barrett had eight kills and five assists, setter Megan Flaherty had 36 assists, libero Kelsey Kiley had five digs, libero Sydney Eiselt had 15 digs, and opposite hitter Alli Sabol had three blocks to help lead the Shamrocks.
“This means a lot to us because we were able to carry on our tradition by winning our seventh district title in a row,” said Hannan, whose squad lost to Massillon Jackson 25-20, 25-20, 25-22 in a regional semifinal a year ago. “After the first game, we didn’t miss as many serves and we had better serve receiving and passing. Our offense started to click and we played really well together.”
Grove City 3, Westerville Central 1
The Greyhounds rallied to win their first Division I district championship, beating the Warhawks 18-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-15 at Bloom-Carroll.
Grove City was led by the defense of junior libero Haven Kulp and sophomore defensive specialist Haley Litman and the hitting and blocking of junior middle hitter Sarah Mitcham to improve to 22-2.
The Warhawks, who finish 22-4, have been in district finals in three of the past four seasons. They led 9-4 in the third game and 9-5 in the fourth game.
DeSales 3, Olentangy 0
In a Division I district final at Whitehall, top-seeded DeSales swept Olentangy Liberty 25-17, 25-14, 25-13 to win its third consecutive district championship but first in Division I.
The Stallions improved to 24-1.
Liberty, which was seeded 17th and seeking its first district championship, finished 17-8.
Lancaster 3, Gahanna Lincoln 1
The Golden Gales won their first Division I district championship since 2002 with a 25-14, 20-25, 25-16, 25-11 win over the Lions at Whitehall.
Lancaster, which beat Gahanna by 3-2 scores on Sept. 5 and Oct. 1 in OCC-Ohio matches, improves to 20-4.
The Lions also were district runners-up a year ago and finish with a 16-10 record.
Hartley 3, Heath 0
Behind the hitting of junior middle hitter Madeline Brandewie and Shelby Chesko, senior right-side hitter Erin Chatman and freshman outside hitter Kristen Chapman, the Hawks beat the Bulldogs 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 at Worthington Christian Middle School.
The win improved Hartley to 19-6 and represents its eighth Division II district championship in nine seasons.
Heath, which last won a district title in 2009, finishes 15-10.
Sparta Highland 3, Ready 2
Led by the hitting of Kam Terry, the top-seeded Fighting Scots won their first district championship since 1977 and improved to 26-0 by edging the seventh-seeded Silver Knights 25-11, 25-12, 17-25, 23-25, 15-8 at Olentangy.
The Silver Knights, who were Division III state semifinalists in 2011 and state runners-up a year ago, finished 14-11.
Newark Catholic 3, Madison Christian 0
The top-seeded Green Wave won their sixth district title in nine seasons, including their third in a row, by defeating the Eagles 25-12, 25-14, 25-15 in a Division IV final at Big Walnut.
Newark Catholic improves to 22-4 while Madison Christian finishes 17-3.
Shekinah Christian 3, Worthington Christian 1
The Flames won their third consecutive Division IV district championship, beating the Warriors 25-10, 25-17, 16-25, 25-16 at Big Walnut.
Shekinah Christian improves to 17-7 while Worthington Christian finishes 17-9.