The Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team was greatly disappointed after a 15-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-18 Toledo St. Ursula in the Division I state final on Nov. 13 at Wright State University.

The Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team was greatly disappointed after a 15-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-18 Toledo St. Ursula in the Division I state final on Nov. 13 at Wright State University.

However, senior defensive specialist Stacy Axner said that setback didn't spoil an otherwise successful season in which the Shamrocks went 27-2, won their fourth consecutive league and district titles, and captured their second consecutive regional championship.

"Everyone's a little disappointed we didn't win (state), but we will all look back and be so happy with this season," Axner said. "We're definitely really happy to win league and district, and to get past regional again."

The Shamrocks, who went 14-0 in the OCC-Central Division, didn't lose a set against a league opponent for a second consecutive season and went undefeated in league matches for the third season in a row.

Upper Arlington placed second in the OCC-Central at 12-2, followed by Thomas Worthington (9-5), Worthington Kilbourne (9-5), Central Crossing (6-8), Hilliard Davidson (4-10), Hilliard Darby (2-12) and Westland (0-14).

Top-seeded Coffman opened the district tournament on Oct. 23 at home with a 25-4, 25-14, 25-6 win over Franklin Heights in the second round before beating Chillicothe 25-7, 25-8, 25-5 in a semifinal on Oct. 26 at Licking Heights and defeating Westerville Central 25-10, 25-10, 25-13 in the final on Oct. 30 at Licking Heights.

The Shamrocks beat Watterson 17-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-20 in a regional semifinal on Nov. 3 at Davidson and Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame 25-23, 25-16, 23-25, 25-20 in the final on Nov. 6 at Davidson.

Coffman then rallied to beat Cincinnati Ursuline Academy 28-26, 20-25, 22-25, 25-17, 17-15 in a state semifinal on Nov. 12 at Wright State to advance to the state final for a second consecutive year.

It was sweet redemption for Coffman after losing to Ursuline Academy 25-16, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17 in the state final a year ago. The Lions also rallied to defeat the Shamrocks 21-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-18 on Sept. 11.

"Our biggest highlight was beating Ursuline because that was our goal the whole season," Axner said.

The Shamrocks lose five senior starters in Axner, middle hitter Isolde Hannan, libero Julia Mindlina, opposite hitter Meredith Stranges and setter Lindsey Zitzke.

Zitzke, who had 728 assists, 53 aces, 142 kills, 142 digs and 27.5 blocks, was district and OCC-Central Player of the Year.

Stranges, who had 266 kills, 38 aces and 210 digs, and Hannan, who had 195 kills and 71.5 blocks, were first-team all-district and all-league. Mindlina, who had 47 aces and 288 digs, was second-team all-district and all-league. Axner had 143 digs.

"This group of seniors made Dublin Coffman volleyball what it is," coach Mary Anne Souder said.

Five players who saw significant playing time are expected to return in sophomore outside hitters McKenzie Bailey and Jenn Vargo, freshman middle hitter Beatrice Hannan, junior defensive specialist Morgan Yeager and sophomore middle hitter Cassie Hausfeld.

Hausfeld, who had 85 kills and 51 aces, was honorable mention all-league. Bailey had 149 kills, Vargo had 141 kills, and Beatrice Hannan had 35 kills and 22 digs.

"I think they will continue to win next year, because the younger girls played big positions and did well," Axner said.

•Two days after defeating Marysville 26-24, 25-18, 25-23 in its Division I district tournament opener, Jerome lost to second-seeded Olentangy Liberty 25-20, 25-7, 25-11 in the second round on Oct. 21 to finish 5-13 overall.

The Celtics tied Marysville for sixth in the OCC-Cardinal at 3-11, behind Olentangy Liberty (13-1), Westerville Central (12-2), Westerville North (11-3), Olentangy (7-7) and Dublin Scioto (5-9), and ahead of Westerville South (2-12).

After losing to Marysville 25-19, 25-20, 26-24 on Sept. 14, Jerome rallied to beat Marysville 13-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21 on Oct. 7.

"Our wins over Marysville were memorable because we were pretty evenly-matched," coach Katherine Fogg said.

Jerome had two senior starters in outside hitter Lauren Emerson and defensive specialist Kristi Johnson. Emerson was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

Players who saw significant playing time who are expected to return are juniors Taylor Belke (middle hitter) and Torri Winiesdorffer (opposite hitter) and sophomores Ally Oman (setter), Sydney Rapp (outside hitter), Shelby Russell (libero) and Korie Johnson (defensive specialist). Belke was honorable mention all-league.

"Next season we can only move forward considering that everyone gained experience this season," Fogg said.

•Scioto lost to Dresden Tri-Valley 15-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-18 in its Division I district tournament opener on Oct. 21 to finish 10-13 overall.

"We had such good practices in the week leading up to that tournament game that we were surprised with the loss," said coach Jackie Helm, whose team placed fifth in the OCC-Cardinal at 5-9. "But I feel that the girls got so much better in the last two to three weeks that it leaves me excited for next year."

Senior libero Maria Destadio, who had 427 digs, was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district. Senior setter Mackenzie Dyson, who had 581 assists and 41 aces, was honorable mention all-league. Senior outside hitter Kim Trask averaged 10 kills and 10 digs per match.

"Unfortunately, we graduate seven seniors this year, but our young kids are anxious and excited to improve," Helm said. "Most of them are playing club volleyball this winter and spring and are ready for offseason conditioning and lifting to start.

"Wins and losses may have not been where we wanted them this year, but improvement was obvious. It was important to myself and my coaching staff to lay the foundation for our goals and expectations in the years to come. Thankfully, I think that vision has been established and the girls are already working hard to be ready for next fall."