Girls Volleyball | Regional Semifinal Recaps

DeSales tested, rallies to win regional semifinal


The DeSales High School girls volleyball rallied to defeat Grove City 22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-20 in a Division I regional semifinal Oct. 30 at Hilliard Davidson.

“We’ve never lost our first game in any match all season before this match, but we came back strong and really kicked it into gear in the second game,” DeSales middle hitter Katie Evans said. “They were playing really good defense, but we kept a positive attitude and came together to win this match.”

The Greyhounds jumped out to a 15-13 lead in the second game, and rallied from three-point deficits to tie the third game at 8 and the fourth game at 5.

But the Stallions scored six consecutive points with outside hitter Kenya Cason serving to take a 20-15 lead in the second game and finished the game off with a kill by Cason.

Libero Dani Guanciale had 16 digs and setter Julia Brown had four aces to help lead the Stallions to the win.

Outside hitter Amanda Radich had 24 kills, setter Andrea Miller had 37 assists, libero Haven Kulp had 24 digs and opposite hitter Gina Contri had eight kills to pace Grove City.

DeSales improved to 25-1 and Grove City finished 22-3.

Dublin Coffman 3, Lancaster 1

Dublin Coffman defeated Lancaster 25-16, 26-28, 25-21, 25-13 in a regional semifinal Oct. 30 at Davidson.

“Lancaster’s a very scrappy defensive team and they frustrated our big hitters,” Coffman coach Mary Anne Souder said. “I told our girls to forget about it and to just go play defense, and once we did that, we were fine.”

Outside hitter Beatrice Hannan had 13 kills and 11 digs, middle hitter Zoe Birnbrich had nine kills, middle hitter Mahlia Blair had nine kills and five blocks, outside hitter Kacey Barrett had nine kills and seven digs, setter Megan Flaherty had 45 assists and three aces, libero Kelsey Kiley had four digs, libero Sydney Eiselt had 21 digs, and opposite hitter Alli Sabol had six kills to lead the Shamrocks.

Coffman improved to 20-6 and Lancaster finished at 22-5.