Westerville Central repeats as OCC champs
The Westerville Central High School girls volleyball team had a breakthrough when it won its first league championship last season after placing second five times in program history, including in 2009 and 2010.
Now the Warhawks have two league titles to their credit.
With wins over Westerville North (25-14, 25-19, 25-15 on Oct. 2) and Westerville South (25-21, 25-9, 25-10 on Oct. 4), Central clinched the outright title in the OCC-Cardinal Division. The Warhawks were 12-0 in the league before playing Hilliard Darby on Oct. 9 and close the league schedule Thursday, Oct. 11, at Dublin Jerome.
"We didn't have a banner of any kind before last season," coach Shaun Servick said. "We've always been respected, and this year it's kind of like we're running for mayor.
"(The players have) been working hard for it and there are a lot of very worthy adversaries. They showed they could do it again."
Central finished 14-0 in the OCC-Cardinal last season and had won 27 consecutive league matches before playing Darby.
The Warhawks were 18-2 overall and riding a 15-match winning streak after beating Olentangy 25-23, 25-19 and Jonathan Alder 25-13, 25-13 on Oct. 6. Their only losses came against Gahanna (25-18, 25-17 on Aug. 25) and Centerville (25-19, 25-23, 25-18 on Sept. 1).
Seniors Adrienne Agee, Mikaela Hardiman, Haley Kindall, Jayla McCrary, Megan Mills and Brooklyn Zalokar and juniors Maddie Cline and Kelly Piper have been among the key contributors the last two seasons.
"After (we beat) Lebanon (16-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-15, 15-10 on Sept. 22), you could tell we wanted (to win) more than anything," Agee said.
Central is seeded third for the Division I district tournament and has a first-round bye. The Warhawks will play host to Briggs or Whetstone in the second round Oct. 18, with the winner advancing to a district semifinal Oct. 25 at Big Walnut.
North plays at Logan in the first round on Monday, Oct. 15, and would face seventh-seeded Olentangy or Teays Valley in the second round Wednesday, Oct. 17.
South opens in the first round Monday, Oct. 15, at Darby, with the winner likely playing at second-seeded Pickerington North in the second round Wednesday, Oct. 17.