Worthington News

Girls Volleyball

Kilbourne looking for league championship

Wednesday October 9, 2013 2:33 PM

The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls volleyball team has a little more business to take care of before setting its sights on the Division I district tournament.

The Wolves are looking to earn at least a share of the OCC-Capital Division championship.

Kilbourne and Olentangy entered the week tied for first in the league at 10-2. The Wolves played New Albany on Oct. 8 and travel to Olentangy Orange on Thursday, Oct. 10, for their league finale.

Kilbourne, which is led by senior setter Haley Defibaugh, senior middle hitter Lydia DeWeese and sophomore right-side hitter Kenzie Calvert among others, beat Orange 20-25, 25-12, 18-25, 25-23, 15-12 on Sept. 17.

Olentangy played Mount Vernon on Oct. 8 and concludes league play Thursday, Oct. 10, at home against Delaware.

Kilbourne, which entered the week 16-4 overall, is seeded fifth of 46 teams in the district and will open tournament play Monday, Oct. 14, at home against 41st-seeded Teays Valley in the first round. The winner will play host to 44th-seeded Watkins Memorial in the second round Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Teays Valley was 2-15 and Watkins Memorial was 4-16 entering the week.

The second-round winner advances to a district semifinal Oct. 24 at Bloom-Carroll.

Cardinals getting set for district tourney

Thomas entered the week 10-9 overall and 6-6 in the OCC-Central.

The Cardinals played Hilliard Davidson on Oct. 8 in a league match and will close league play Thursday, Oct. 10, at home against Olentangy Liberty before competing in the Tourney for the Cure on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Pickerington North.

Thomas, which lost to Liberty 23-25, 25-18, 12-25, 25-9, 15-12 on Sept. 17, is seeded 16th for the Division I district tournament and has a first-round bye. It will face 15th-seeded Gahanna or 25th-seeded Orange in the second round Oct. 17 at the home of the higher seed.

Entering the week, Gahanna was 9-9 and Orange was 6-13.

The second-round winner advances to a district semifinal Oct. 24 at Whitehall.

Among the key players for the Cardinals are senior outside hitter Lamija Alisic and senior right-side hitter Ellen Hawkins.

-- Brad Emerine