Seniors Isolde Hannan, Meredith Stranges and Lindsey Zitzke helped the Dublin Coffman High School girls volleyball team win 105 matches, four OCC-Central Division titles, four Division I district championships and two regional titles over the past four seasons.
After Hannan (University of Dayton), Stranges (Southeast Missouri State University) and Zitzke (University of Pittsburgh) signed letters of intent on Nov. 11 to accept volleyball scholarships, Coffman coach Mary Anne Souder said she is confident the trio will continue to be successful at the next level.
"I'm really excited for them because they all worked really hard for this," said Souder, whose team finished 27-2 after losing to Toledo St. Ursula 15-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-18 in the state final on Nov. 13 at Wright State University. "They're great players who have helped take our team further than it's ever gone before, and they're all going to make a difference for their college teams in the future."
Hannan had 195 kills and 71.5 blocks and was named first-team all-district and all-league this season.
The 6-foot middle hitter made a verbal commitment to Dayton in March after attending a volleyball match and meeting coach Kelly Sheffield and his players the previous fall.
The Flyers are 26-3 after a 25-21, 25-12, 25-15 victory over Xavier in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament final for back-to-back titles. Dayton went 15-0 to capture the Atlantic 10 regular-season title.
In Sheffield's second season a year ago, the Flyers went 30-4 and won the Atlantic 10 tournament title.
"I went back and forth with my decision, because I was originally wanting to go to a big school, like Stanford or Texas," Hannan said.
"But I went on a trip where I saw some big schools and it really opened my eyes that I didn't want to go very far from home. I like the small-school aspect of Dayton, and I love the coach and team.
"They have a great crowd and their stadium is always packed for games."
Stranges, who had 266 kills, 38 aces and 210 digs, was first-team all-district and all-league this season.
The 6-1 opposite hitter, who made a verbal commitment to Southeast Missouri State coach Renata Heard in April, will team up with 2010 Coffman graduate Andrea Baylin with the Redhawks.
Southeast Missouri State finished 7-22 overall and 4-14 in the Ohio Valley Conference this season.
"Andrea told them about me and that's definitely the reason they started talking to me," Stranges said. "I love the school and I took the opportunity once it came my way. Playing college volleyball has always been my dream since I started playing volleyball in my driveway in middle school.
"In college, I want to improve, create a bond with my teammates and play all four years."
Zitzke had 728 assists, 53 aces, 142 kills, 142 digs and 27.5 blocks this season and was the district and OCC-Central Player of the Year. The 5-11 setter was a four-year starter for the Shamrocks.
Pittsburgh finished 13-18 overall and 7-7 in the Big East Conference this season under third-year coach Toby Rens.
Julie Mindlina also announced she would walk on at Syracuse, also a Big East school.