Senior outside hitter Andrea Baylin of the Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team believes it could be quite some time before the sting of losing to Cincinnati Ursuline Academy 25-16, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17 in the Division I state final subsides.

Senior outside hitter Andrea Baylin of the Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team believes it could be quite some time before the sting of losing to Cincinnati Ursuline Academy 25-16, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17 in the Division I state final subsides.

But once it does, Baylin said the Shamrocks will feel good about finishing 29-1 overall, winning their third consecutive league and district titles, and becoming the first Division I team from the Columbus area to win a regional championship in 12 years.

The Shamrocks also won the Gold Division of the Cincinnati Mother of Mercy Fall Classic that was held Sept. 26-27 to become the first Columbus team to win the event since Reynoldsburg in 1989.

"It's probably going to take a long time before this doesn't hurt anymore, but we're all proud of what we were able to accomplish," Baylin said. "There's no question this is the best team Dublin Coffman's ever had. We were the first Dublin Coffman team to win this many matches, win a regional championship and make it this far. When we look back on this, years from now, we're going to remember it as a great season."

Coffman lost only one set during the regular season and finished 10-0 in the OCC-Central Division, ahead of Hilliard Davidson (7-3), Worthington Kilbourne (5-5), Thomas Worthington (4-6), Upper Arlington (4-6) and Hilliard Darby (0-10).

"(The Mother of Mercy Fall Classic) set the tone for our season and proved we were capable of competing with anyone in the state," junior setter Lindsey Zitzke said. "Winning the OCC is always important to us, too."

Top-seeded Coffman mowed down its competition in the district tournament, beating Walnut Ridge 25-2, 25-12, 25-1 in the first round Oct. 21, Brookhaven 25-7, 25-5, 25-9 in the second round on Oct. 24, Teays Valley 25-3, 25-9, 25-13 in a district semifinal Oct. 27 and 10th-seeded Watterson 25-11, 25-17, 25-18 in a district final Oct. 31.

The Shamrocks defeated Pickerington North 25-12, 25-22, 25-9 in a regional semifinal Nov. 4 and rallied to beat Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame 20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22 in the regional final Nov. 7, becoming the first Division I team from the Columbus area to win a regional title since Westerville North in 1997 and the first area team to advance to a Division I state final since Reynoldsburg won the state championship in 1989.

Coffman defeated Stow-Munroe Falls 25-12, 25-15, 25-5 in a state semifinal on Nov. 12 before losing to Ursuline Academy two days later.

"Winning regional was the biggest highlight for us, because we showed a lot of character to come back and win that match," Baylin said.

The Shamrocks will lose three senior starters in Baylin, outside hitter Alex Blair and middle hitter Bailey Farthing.

Baylin was named the district and OCC-Central Player of the Year for a second consecutive season and made first-team all-state. Blair was second-team all-state and first-team all-district and all-league. Farthing was second-team all-league.

Five players who saw significant playing time are expected to return: Zitzke, junior opposite hitter Meredith Stranges, junior defensive specialist Stacy Axner, junior middle hitter Isolde Hannan and junior libero Julia Mindlina.

Zitzke was second-team all-state and first-team all-district and all-league. Stranges was second-team all-district and all-league, Hannan was second-team all-league and Mindlina was honorable mention all-league.

"We're losing three huge players, but we've got five four-year varsity letterwinners coming back," coach Mary Anne Souder said. "It was exciting to get so far in the state tournament, and we're going to try to do it again next year. The experience of playing there this year will make us stronger."

•Three days after beating Westerville North 25-13, 25-18, 25-12 in its Division I district tournament opener, eighth-seeded Scioto lost to Newark 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 in the second round on Oct. 24 to finish 16-8 overall.

"I think the effect of two close losses by two points each in games one and two of the Newark match really took the wind out of us," coach Todd Huff said. "Unlike the Westerville North match just three days before, we made errors and couldn't muster a game where we played all aspects of volleyball well. The North match was probably one of the best, if not the best, total team effort we produced this season."

The Irish finished third in the OCC-Cardinal at 11-3, behind Olentangy Liberty (13-1) and Westerville Central (12-2) and ahead of Westerville North (8-6), Marysville (5-9), Olentangy (5-9), Jerome (2-12) and Westerville South (0-14).

Scioto will lose six seniors in middle hitters Sarah Enright and Nina Zalenski, defensive specialist Kate Henry, outside hitters Samantha Melchor and Lauren Trego and opposite hitter Jamie O'Connell.

O'Connell was first-team all-district and all-league.

Expected to return are junior libero Maria Destadio, junior setter Mackenzie Dyson, junior outside hitter Kim Trask and sophomore middle hitter Amanda Weissling.

Trask had 110 kills and was special-mention all-league and Destadio had 540 digs and was honorable-mention all-district. Dyson had 256 assists, 50 aces and a 97 serving percentage.

"We are excited about next season," Huff said. "Our three junior starters from this year, along with sophomore Amanda Weissling as a middle hitter, gives us a solid core of athletes to build a team around. We will be young but experienced, and I think that is a great combination."

• Jerome opened the Division I district tournament on Oct. 22 with a 25-12, 25-14, 25-19 loss to sixth-seeded Kilbourne to finish 3-17 overall.

The Celtics beat Westerville South 19-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-19 on Sept. 15 and 25-17, 25-19, 25-9 on Oct. 1 to avoid finishing last in the OCC-Cardinal.

Jerome will lose three senior starters in middle hitter Megan Hilton, outside hitter Ashley Hudock and opposite hitter Jackie Kovatch.

Hudock was second-team all-league.

Five athletes who saw significant playing time are expected back: junior setter Hillary Mosher, junior middle hitter Lauren Emerson, freshman libero Shelby Russell, freshman outside hitter Korie Johnson and freshman defensive specialist Kristi Johnson.

Emerson was honorable mention all-league.

"We had a rebuilding year, but the young girls progressed the way they should have, and we will have plenty of varsity experience back next year," coach Katherine Fogg said.

At a glance

COFFMAN

•Record: 29-1 overall, 14-0 (first) in OCC-Central

•Seniors lost: Andrea Baylin, Alex Blair and Bailey Farthing

•Key returnees: Isolde Hannan, Julia Mindlina, Meredith Stranges and Lindsey Zitzke

JEROME

•Record: 3-17 overall, 2-12 (seventh) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Megan Hilton, Ashley Hudock, Jackie Kovatch and Layne Schoener

•Key returnees: Lauren Emerson and Hillary Mosher

SCIOTO

•Record: 16-8 overall, 11-3 (third) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Sarah Enright, Kate Henry, Samantha Melchor, Jamie O'Connell, Lauren Trego and Nina Zalenski

•Key returnees: Maria Destadio, Mackenzie Dyson, Kim Trask and Amanda Weissling