The Olentangy Orange High School girls volleyball team defeated Pickerington North 25-19, 25-20, 25-16 in a Division I district final Oct. 28 at Franklin Heights to win its second consecutive district championship.
The fourth-seeded Pioneers improved to 21-4 and advanced to face Dublin Coffman in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Worthington Kilbourne. The fifth-seeded Panthers finished 20-5.
“Pickerington North was a very athletic, senior-heavy team and we knew they would come out fighting,” Orange coach Katie Duy said. “We knew we had to come out focused and ready to play.”
London Davis and Taylor Metzler both had eight kills, Sidney Gossard had six blocks, Carrigan O’Reilly had 35 assists and Megan McCollum had 19 digs for the Pioneers.
Dublin Coffman 3, Pickerington Central 0
Coffman captured a Division I district championship for the 11th consecutive season.
Riley Wagoner had 15 kills and 10 digs, Jennifer Schulze had 24 assists and Dana Axner had 11 digs to lead the top-seeded Shamrocks past the ninth-seeded Tigers 25-11, 25-12, 25-18 in a district final Oct. 28 at Whitehall.
Coffman improved to 23-2 and advanced to play Orange in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Kilbourne. Central finished 16-9.
“Our ball control, passing and our defense were strong,” Shamrocks coach Mary Anne Souder said. “Now (winning district titles) is part of our tradition.”
Gahanna 3, Olentangy Liberty 1
Gahanna won its third consecutive Division I district championship.
The seventh-seeded Lions avenged a regular-season loss to second-seeded Liberty with a 25-23, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19 victory in a district final Oct. 28 at Whitehall.
Gahanna improved to 18-6 and advanced to face DeSales in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Kilbourne. Liberty finished 23-2.
Aubrey Wrona and Sophia Easton led the way for the Lions.
“They beat us earlier in the season and we just didn’t back down,” Easton said. “In my four years, I haven’t beaten Olentangy Liberty, so coming into this we were all (thinking), ‘Let’s make history.’ ”
DeSales 3, Olentangy 0
Third-seeded DeSales cruised to its seventh consecutive district championship and fifth in a row in Division I, sweeping eighth-seeded Olentangy 25-12, 25-16, 25-16 in a district final Oct. 28 at Franklin Heights.
The Stallions improved to 19-3 and advanced to play Gahanna in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Kilbourne.
Olentangy, which was seeking its first district title since 2008, finished 16-9.
—Dave PurpuraDIVISION II
Big Walnut 3, London 0
Second-seeded Big Walnut defeated fourth-seeded London 25-17, 25-21, 26-24 in a Division II district final Oct. 28 at Licking Heights to win its first district championship since 2014.
The Golden Eagles, who have won 17 district titles in 28 seasons under coach Ron Lehman, improved to 22-3 and advanced to play Carrollton or Dover in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Zanesville.