Dublin Coffman High School boys volleyball coach Amanda Trenkamp was concerned that her team's lack of postseason experience would be a factor when it opened Division I district tournament play May 21 at Olentangy Liberty against Mount Vernon.
Unfortunately for Trenkamp, that was exactly the case, as the Yellow Jackets routed Coffman 25-13, 25-20, 25-13.
With only two returning letterwinners in their lineup -- senior setter George Ghanem and junior outside-hitter Tyler McCamish -- the Shamrocks finished 11-13 overall for a second consecutive season.
"We had only two players back from last year's team and we weren't prepared for this match, because our younger guys had never played in a big match like this before," Trenkamp said. "Our players were nervous, and our hits and passes were off. We just didn't have enough experience to know how to handle that kind of atmosphere."
The Shamrocks finished fourth (2-6) in the OCC-Ohio Division behind Gahanna (7-1), Hilliard Darby (6-2) and Upper Arlington (4-4) and ahead of Thomas Worthington (1-7).
"We were in probably the strongest division of the OCC, so wins were tough to come by," Trenkamp said.
Coffman will lose three senior starters -- Ghanem, Nick Goodwin (outside hitter) and Josh Wolf (middle hitter). Ghanem was first-team all-league.
Potential returning starters are McCamish and sophomores Greg Hoseus (opposite hitter) and Matt VonSchriltz (outside hitter). VonSchriltz was honorable mention all-league.
"Our seniors were definitely athletic," Trenkamp said. "George has been with me for four years, so I'll miss him. We've got a good group coming back though, so we'll build next year's team around them."
•Scioto lost to St. Charles 25-10, 25-12, 25-15 in a Division II regional semifinal to finish 9-16 overall.
"We didn't serve all that well in the first set," coach Doug Arden said. "We played good defense, but so did St. Charles, and we couldn't put the ball away enough times to beat them."
The Irish opened tournament play May 17 by beating Gahanna Christian 25-14, 25-12, 25-14.
The Irish finished fourth (4-6) in the OCC-Cardinal Division behind Hilliard Davidson (10-0), Worthington Kilbourne (8-2) and Pickerington North (6-4), and ahead of Westerville North (2-8) and Westerville South (0-10).
"Nobody in our league split, so the order of how everyone finished was pretty clear-cut," Arden said.
Scioto will lose five senior starters -- Nelson Ai (outside hitter), Nikhil Arora (defensive specialist), Bryan Bastuba (defensive specialist), Sean Beever (middle blocker) and Max Heuft (libero). Ai was first-team all-league and all-regional.
Expected to return are juniors Mustafa Miniato (outside hitter), Andrew Ou (setter) and Rahim Wasim (opposite hitter) and sophomores Mitch Akutsu (middle blocker) and David McLemore (outside hitter). Ou was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-region.
"We've got five guys coming back who are real enthusiastic about volleyball, so we'll need to add one or two more playersto remain competitive," Arden said.
•Jerome lost to St. Charles 25-11, 25-22, 25-27, 25-21 last Saturday in a Division II regional final to finish 15-7.
"They passed well and their outside hitters played great games," senior middle-hitter Kevin Conway said of St. Charles. "My brother (senior outside-hitter Tyler Conway), and I both played well, but their defense was better than our defense. They dug up a lot of Tyler's hits, which not many teams can do."
The Celtics opened district play May 17 by beating Watterson 25-14, 13-25, 25-14, 20-25, 15-11 and then downed Westerville Central 26-24, 25-21, 25-18 on May 21.
"We were up and down against Watterson," Kevin Conway said. "Luckily, we pulled it together to win the fifth set."
Jerome -- which finished second (8-2) in the OCC-Capital Division behind Mount Vernon (10-0) -- will lose six senior starters including the Conway twins, Miles Barrera (defensive specialist), Paul Grauer (opposite hitter), Chris Peabody (setter) and Bartos Warzycha (defensive specialist).
Tyler Conway was first-team all-league and all-region, Kevin Conway was first-team all-league and second-team all-region and Peabody was honorable mention all-league.
Three players are expected to return including juniors Ryo Nakamoto (defensive specialist) and Steven Ostrowske (middle hitter) and sophomore Kurt Ehlers (outside hitter). Ehlers was second-team all-league.
"I think our senior class had good chemistry and we were good leaders," Kevin Conway said. "They'll need to replace a lot of players, but if the trend holds, more kids will play club volleyball in the offseason and they'll do fairly well next year."
At a glance
•Record: 11-13 overall, 2-6 (fourth) in OCC-Ohio
•Seniors lost: George Ghanem, Jon Giacalone, Nick Goodwin, Adam Schisler and Josh Wolf
•Key returnees: Greg Hoseus, Tyler McCamish and Matt VonSchriltz
•Record: 15-7 overall, 8-2 (second) in OCC-Capital
•Seniors lost: Miles Barrera, Kevin Conway, Tyler Conway, Paul Grauer, Justin Hansen, Chris Peabody and Bartos Warzycha
•Key returnees: Kurt Ehlers, Ryo Nakamoto and Steven Ostrowske
•Record: 9-16 overall, 4-6 (fourth) in OCC-Cardinal
•Seniors lost: Nelson Ai, Nikhil Arora, Bryan Bastuba, Sean Beever, Max Heuft and Nick Joodi
•Key returnee: Andrew Ou and Rahim Wasim