Grove City High School girls volleyball coach Alan Pham challenged his team to raise its level of play in the Division I district tournament after the Greyhounds lost five of their last eight regular-season matches.

Grove City High School girls volleyball coach Alan Pham challenged his team to raise its level of play in the Division I district tournament after the Greyhounds lost five of their last eight regular-season matches.

The 14th-seeded Greyhounds answered their coach's challenge by beating Logan 25-13, 25-13, 25-21 in the first round Oct. 19 at Granville and then upsetting 11th-seeded Hilliard Davidson 25-13, 25-16, 25-23 in the second round Oct. 22 at Granville.

"The exciting thing is we're executing our plays a little more consistently than we did in the regular season," Pham said. "We all played together as a unit against Davidson, and that was the best teamwork I've seen from us all season."

The Greyhounds played second-seeded Newark in a district semifinal Oct. 25. The winner will play fourth-seeded Westerville Central or 13th-seeded Watterson in a final Saturday, Oct. 29, at Big Walnut. The winner of that will play Ashland, Bowling Green, Findlay or Mansfield in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Davidson.

Central beat Delaware 25-10, 25-13, 25-8 on Oct. 22 to improve to 20-4 before playing Watterson in a semifinal Oct. 25.

The Warhawks are led by junior outside hitter Adrienne Agee, who is first-team all-district, and senior setter Erin Cisneros, who is second-team all-district.

Watterson defeated sixth-seeded Upper Arlington 25-19, 25-20, 25-15 on Oct. 22 to improve to 11-11 before playing Central.

The Eagles are led by senior outside hitter Michelle Glancey, who is first-team all-district, sophomore middle hitter Lauren Frilling, who is second-team all-district, and senior middle hitter Madeline Shaw, who is honorable mention all-district.

Pham said his team must keep executing its offense to continue winning in the postseason.

Grove City is led by junior middle hitter Keely Creamer, who had 191 kills and 31 blocks through 23 matches and is first-team all-district and all-OCC-Ohio Division.

Senior outside hitter Sara Radich, who had 174 kills through 23 matches, is second-team all-district and all-league.

Senior outside hitter Kendra Parmenter, who had 162 kills through 23 matches, is honorable mention all-league.

Through 23 matches, junior libero Ambyr George had 216 digs, senior setter Genna Crump had 40 aces and junior setter Anna Conti had 310 kills.

"If we can remain disciplined offensively and defensively and dominate the front of the net, we'll continue to win," Pham said. "When we don't attack and we give teams many free balls, we don't do so well."

•Central Crossing opened the Division I district tournament with a 22-25, 25-18, 33-31, 18-25, 19-17 loss to Chillicothe on Oct. 18 at Columbus East.

The Comets led the third game 24-18 and the fifth game 12-9, but squandered both leads en route to finishing 10-13.

"We lost a couple of big leads, so it was a frustrating match," coach Julie Evans said. "We didn't play at our level and I know we could have stepped it up a notch and won this match. Olivia Davis played really well at middle hitter and opposite hitter. She was very consistent and aggressive."