The DeSales High School girls volleyball team beat Dublin Coffman 25-21, 25-18, 25-21 in a Division I regional final Nov. 2 at Hilliard Davidson to advance to the state tournament.
The Stallions, who improved to 26-1, will play Toledo St. Ursula Academy in a state semifinal at noon Thursday, Nov. 7, at Wright State. The state final is Saturday, Nov. 9, at Wright State.
DeSales won a Division II regional title last year before losing to Cleveland Heights Beaumont 25-19, 25-14, 17-25, 25-14 in a state semifinal.
Outside hitter Kenya Cason had 21 kills and setter Julia Brown had 42 assists to lead the Stallions past Coffman, which finished 21-6.
“We were able to put pressure on them with our serving and Kenya always puts pressure on teams with her hitting,” DeSales coach Andy Feltz said. “Dublin Coffman put up a big block, so we had to make adjustments and find holes.
“I thought (defensive specialist) Doni Guanciale led us with some great defense and picked up a lot of their tips. (Outside hitter) Kendall Witt’s serve-receive was excellent, and (middle hitter) Katie Evans was fast and held their defense in check by putting up a big block.”
Dover 3, Hartley 1
Hartley's bid to make it to the Division II state tournament for the fifth time ended Nov. 2 in a regional final at Zanesville.
After winning the first game, the Hawks lost a tight second game and couldn’t recover in a 23-25, 28-26, 25-19, 25-16 loss to Dover.
While Hartley finished with a 20-7 record, the Tornadoes improved to 27-0 and will play in a state semifinal Nov. 8 at Wright State.
The game the Hawks won over Dover marked just the second game the Tornadoes lost all season.
“Their big kid in the middle (Moriah Monaco) really killed us,” coach Mike Rahe said. “In the first game we played within ourselves and followed our game plan. What we do sometimes is get away from the game plan and when we do that we make mental mistakes.”
The Hawks were led by junior middle hitter Madeline Brandewie, senior right-side hitter Erin Chapman and junior setter Emily Rahe.
In 2011, Hartley beat Dover 3-0 in a regional semifinal on the way to winning the state championship.
The Hawks had a string of seven consecutive district titles snapped a year ago before making it two rounds further into this year’s postseason.
— Jarrod Ulrey