Sometimes it seemed there were seven or eight St. Ursula Academy players on the court to DeSales' six.
FAIRBORN - The Toledo St. Ursula Academy volleyball team was so fluid throughout most of its Division I state semifinal against DeSales on Nov. 7 that sometimes it seemed there were seven or eight Arrows players on the court to the Stallions' six.
According to Stallions coach Andy Feltz, the reason was simple.
"They served great and we passed poorly. We served mediocre and they passed great," Feltz said. "We were out of system a lot. They were in a system a lot."
St. Ursula jumped to huge leads in each of the first two games, then used a 14-2 run in the third to erase an early deficit and defeat DeSales 25-16, 25-10, 25-16 at Wright State.
The Stallions fell behind 12-2 in each of the first two games. They finally took a lead at 5-4 in the third set and had a 9-7 advantage before the Arrows pulled off their match-deciding run.
St. Ursula improved to 29-0 and advanced to play Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame or Hudson in the state final at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at Wright State. The Arrows are in their sixth championship match in the past 14 years.
DeSales finished 26-2.
The Arrows forced the Stallions into 18 errors and just 21 kills in 106 attempts. DeSales senior outside hitter Kenya Cason had a match-high 13 kills.
"Holding her to 13 kills in 50 attempts, I'll take that," Arrows coach John Buck said of Cason. "I thought we handled her and their other threats well throughout the match. That was a big difference. We didn't get a lot of blocks on her but our back row played very well defensively."
St. Ursula got a combined 21 kills from senior middle hitters Lauran Graves, who had 11, and Lauren Daudelin. Setter Madelyn McCabe added 11 assists.
Sophomore setter Julia Brown had 16 assists for the Stallions.Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 3, Newark Catholic 0
The Newark Catholic High School girls volleyball team came up just short in the first game and ended up on losing to Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 27-25, 25-21, 25-18 in a Division IV state semifinal Nov. 7 at Wright State.
The Green Wave finish 24-5, while the Vikings are 23-5 and advance to play Maria Stein Marion Local for the title at 1 p.m. Nov. 9.
Newark Catholic took a 16-14 lead in the first game on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Taylor Daignault, but the Vikings scored the next five points for a 19-16 lead. The Green Wave tied it at 20, 24 and 25 but never regained the lead.
Newark Catholic led early in both the second and third games before Villa Angela-St. Joseph assumed control.
Daignault led the Green Wave with 15 digs and nine kills, senior middle hitter Becca Kapavik had seven kills and junior setter Kelly Clapper led in assists with 12.
-- Jarrod Ulrey