Teamwork paid off for the Grove City High School girls volleyball team throughout the season, but that wasn't enough in a Division I district semifinal against Westerville Central.

Teamwork paid off for the Grove City High School girls volleyball team throughout the season, but that wasn't enough in a Division I district semifinal against Westerville Central.

The eighth-seeded Greyhounds finished 17-7 overall, losing to the fourth-seeded Warhawks 25-22, 25-14, 25-18 on Oct. 29 at Bloom-Carroll.

Grove City had won back-to-back district championships.

"We played as a team early on, but then things started to slow," said coach Alan Pham, who completed his eighth season. "They started to take (middle hitter/opposite hitter) Gina (Conti) away and (Central senior middle hitter) Katie (Myers) is quite a player. We knew she would get her points."

The Greyhounds had a first-round bye in the postseason before defeating 22nd-seeded Dublin Jerome 25-5, 25-18, 25-19 in the second round Oct. 21 at home.

Grove City finished second (12-2) in the OCC-Ohio Division behind Gahanna (13-1) and ahead of Pickerington North (10-4), Newark (8-6), Pickerington Central (7-7), Lancaster (4-10), Reynoldsburg (2-12) and Groveport (0-14).

Leading the six-member senior class was outside hitter Sydney Bapst, who was second-team all-league with 215 kills and 37 aces. The other seniors were middle hitter Jorian George (special mention all-league; 121 kills, 63 blocks, 40 aces), outside hitter/right-side hitter Rae-Kelly Hamilton (117 kills), defensive specialist Haley Litman (368 digs), defensive specialist Alexa Mara (137 digs) and setter Annie Miller (honorable mention all-league; 573 assists, 201 digs).

"The seniors really helped to motivate us and they taught us what it means to play at Grove City," said Conti, a junior who was first-team all-league with 205 kills, 45 blocks and 52 aces. "We need to keep working and practicing in order to get back (to the regional tournament) next year."

Expected to return are juniors Jessica Lovell (outside hitter), Abby Lucas (middle hitter; 109 kills, 59 blocks, 47 aces), Colbi Matheny (outside hitter), Ashlyn McDonald (outside hitter), Brooke Palumbo (defensive specialist; 124 digs) and Mary Kate Scholl (setter; 139 assists).

"The younger kids saw what we need to do to be successful," Pham said. "Hopefully they will work hard and we can continue what we have been doing."