Winning a Division I district championship this season was as much about going forward as it was about enjoying the moment for the Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team.

Winning a Division I district championship this season was as much about going forward as it was about enjoying the moment for the Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team.

The Shamrocks entered a regional semifinal Nov. 4 against Olentangy Liberty after winning their ninth consecutive district title.

They haven't made it past the regional level, however, since back-to-back state runner-up finishes in 2009 and '10.

Top-seeded Coffman beat 23rd-seeded Pickerington Central 25-12, 25-12, 25-10 in a district final Oct. 31 at Whitehall to improve to 23-2.

"It's crazy," senior Hunter Atherton said.

"It's a great program to be a part of. I'm really excited to have that ninth one. It's a huge step. It's a big deal. Not many teams can do it."

Two of the other three teams in the regional are particularly familiar to Coffman.

The Shamrocks beat Liberty 25-16, 25-20, 25-11 on Sept. 17 and 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 on Oct. 13 on their way to capturing the OCC-Central Division title.

If Coffman advanced, it will play DeSales or Gahanna in the regional final at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Hilliard Davidson. The regional champion advances to a state semifinal Nov. 13 at Wright State University.

The Shamrocks beat DeSales 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 on Oct. 12 but have lost to the Stallions each of the past two seasons in regional finals. Coffman has not played Gahanna this season. The Lions advanced to regional for the first time since 2006.

DeSales was 22-2 and Gahanna was 21-4 entering their regional semifinal Nov. 4 while Liberty entered regional 23-2 with its only losses coming to Coffman.

The Shamrocks beat 19th-seeded Hilliard Darby 25-12, 25-8, 25-16 in a district semifinal Oct. 29 at Whitehall.

"(Pickerington Central) had a good game plan," coach Mary Ann Souder said. "They started tipping balls to us and tried to make us slow down our game, so then we tried to speed it back up. We had to change with them, but they're a good team. Their program has come a long way over there."

Senior Zoe Birnbrich had eight kills and freshman Riley Wagoner had seven kills for Coffman against Pickerington Central.

DeSales features Dani Guanciale and Amy Feltz, who led the Stallions in attack attempts in last month's match against with the Shamrocks. Birnbrich finished with 15 kills, junior Rika Yoshimura had 18 digs and Atherton had 36 assists in that match.

"For us, it's about what we are doing versus what the other side is trying to do," Souder said. "We've faced a lot of big hitters all year long and we put up a lot of big blocks. We know how to handle that."

Coach: Irish had 'pretty good year'

With eight seniors leading the way, Scioto took another step forward in OCC-Cardinal play this fall.

The Irish earned a runner-up finish in the league after taking third a year ago and had their season end with a 25-23, 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-10 loss to Pickerington Central in their Division I district tournament opener Oct. 22.

Scioto, which was seeded 12th, finished 15-6 overall.

"It's a little disappointing to end the tournament in the second round, but it happens," coach Jackie Wilson said. "I thought we had a pretty good year."

Wilson, who competed her sixth season as coach, missed the first 11 matches while on maternity leave. Doug Arden coached the team during her absence.

The Irish, who won 16 matches and reached a district semifinal a year ago, went 12-2 in the league to finish behind Westerville Central (14-0) and ahead of Darby (10-4), Canal Winchester (7-7), Jerome (6-8), Hilliard Bradley (4-10), Westerville South (2-12) and Westerville North (1-13).

Seniors Ashlyn Leon (libero) and Andie Meredith (right-side hitter) made first-team all-league, with Leon earning second-team all-district honors and Meredith making honorable mention all-district. Meredith led the team in kills (204) and Leon led in serving aces (39) and digs (374).

Senior Elo Agbaike (middle hitter) was special mention all-league and led in blocks (35).

The top returnees should be juniors Lauren Parrott (outside hitter/setter) and Haley Compton (setter), who were second-team all-league and honorable mention all-league, respectively. Compton led in assists (275) and Parrott was second (245).

Sophomores Madison Heasley (right-side hitter), Edan Jones (outside hitter) and Lillie Wilcox (outside hitter) and freshman Natalie Hutras (middle hitter/outside hitter) also contributed.

Celtics take big step forward

Jerome went 4-19 a year ago under first-year coach Doug Mangette after finishing 0-21 in 2013.

The Celtics more than tripled last year's win total this fall.

Jerome was seeded 22nd and opened the Division I district tournament by beating 33rd-seeded Watkins Memorial 25-20, 22-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-9 on Oct. 19, but lost at eighth-seeded Grove City 25-5, 25-18, 25-19 in the second round on Oct. 21 to finish 13-11 overall.

"We're in the second year of a rebuilding project," Mangette said. "Last year, the players were learning a new program and learning my style, and it takes a little while to get used to. Our sophomore class is pretty strong, so I'm pretty excited about next year."

The Celtics, who finished fifth (6-8) in the OCC-Cardinal, will lose a five-member senior class that featured Kyra Wisniewski (libero) and Kaylee Fredrickson (middle hitter). Wisniewski led the team in digs (380) and was first-team all-league. Fredrickson led in blocks (46) and aces (52) and made second-team all-league.

Junior Sarah Hallowell (setter) was honorable mention all-league and led in assists (331).

Other key returnees should include juniors Karlee Techentin (defensive specialist) and Ally Gatien (right-side hitter), sophomores Lindsey House (middle hitter), Taylor King (right-side hitter) and Mackenzie Mangette (outside hitter) and freshman Kendall Poach (middle hitter/right-side hitter).

King led in kills (150).

Four of the players eligible to return are 6-foot or taller.