One of the concerns that coach RyAnne Ufferman had before the season was how the Hilliard Bradley High School girls volleyball team would respond to adversity.

One of the concerns that coach RyAnne Ufferman had before the season was how the Hilliard Bradley High School girls volleyball team would respond to adversity.

So far, that has not been much of a problem.

For example, days before the Division I district tournament, seventh-seeded Bradley lost senior outside hitter Chloe Long because of a broken left pinkie finger. Ufferman made some changes and was impressed with how her team handled them in a 25-10, 25-6, 25-1 win over Marion-Franklin in the first round of the tournament Oct. 18 at Columbus East and in a 25-9, 25-15, 25-13 win over Groveport in the second round Oct. 22 at Jonathan Alder.

"We've had to change some things around, but all the kids have responded really well," Ufferman said.

"We still have our nucleus of (sophomores) Jennifer Espenschied and Christy Tieman and (senior) Molly Blue, and the younger kids just fall into the flow with them. We've had young players who have stepped up all season and they're just continuing to do that."

The other two Hilliard teams were eliminated early in the tournament. Darby lost to 10th-seeded Olentangy 25-18, 25-17, 25-12 in the first round Oct. 18 at Jonathan Alder. After defeating Westerville South 25-18, 25-9, 25-17 in the first round Oct. 18 at Granville, Davidson lost to Grove City 25-13, 25-16, 25-23 in the second round Oct. 22 at Granville.

Bradley played Thomas Worthington in a district semifinal Oct. 26 at Big Walnut, with the winner advancing to face top-seeded Pickerington North or Gahanna in a final at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Big Walnut. The district champion plays third-seeded Dublin Coffman, fifth-seeded Olentangy Liberty, Canal Winchester or Westerville North in a regional semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Davidson.

Bradley, which was 19-4 before Oct. 26, has not faced any of its possible opponents.

The regional final is 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at Davidson.

•Rebuilding took less time than Davidson coach Betty Cameron expected.

After going 8-15 overall last year, the Wildcats finished 12-10 after losing to Grove City in the second round of the Division I district tournament.

That turnaround, according to Cameron, was a team effort.

"We obviously improved from last year," Cameron said. "I hope the girls learned that we don't have to be great as individuals, but we have to play as a team. Everyone has off days, but hopefully your team is there to pick you up."

The Wildcats finished third in the OCC-Central Division, behind champion Coffman (14-0) and Upper Arlington (12-2) and ahead of Worthington Kilbourne (7-7), Central Crossing (7-7), Thomas (6-8), Darby (2-12) and Westland (0-14).

The Wildcats will lose senior defensive specialist/setters Jenna Griffin and Jordan Hampel.

"Jordan has been on the varsity since she was a sophomore, so she had a lot of experience," Cameron said. "Jenna has been progressing well as a (defensive specialist) this year. She adds a lot of excitement and enthusiasm to our team."

Expected to return are juniors Katie Campbell (middle hitter), Bri Ekanem (middle hitter), Gretchen Farrenkopf (opposite side hitter), Molly Murphy (setter), Alex Netto (defensive specialist), Jordyn Schultz (defensive specialist), Haleigh Stevens (defensive specialist) and Hay-leigh Tomek (outside hitter), sophomore Lindsey Cassell (middle hitter) and freshmen Olivia Canestraro (outside hitter) and Meghan Murphy (outside hitter).

•Darby coach Liz Rundio said that in the Panthers' tournament loss to Olentangy, she saw an intensity she hadn't seen before.

"We came out with a lot of intensity and desire. You could see it on their faces," Rundio said. "They were active and played pretty well, but we couldn't get over that hump."

That had been a recurring theme this year for the Panthers, who finished 2-20 overall with both wins coming against Westland (25-21, 25-19, 25-18 on Sept. 15 and 25-14, 25-15, 25-9 on Oct. 11).

Darby loses seniors Nettie Benjamin (setter), Marissa Eversole (middle hitter), Rachel Ross (middle hitter), Sam Schroeder (defensive specialist/libero) and Lauren Snyder (right-side/outside hitter).

Junior Emily Krumpe (outside/right-side) and sophomore Ellie Mathews (defensive specialist/libero) are expected to lead the Panthers next fall.

Rundio also is expecting contributions from juniors Jordan Alexander (right-side hitter), Kristen Chance (outside hitter/right-side hitter), Briana Moorman (outside hitter) and Sydney Palsgrove (setter) and freshman Maddie Platfoot (outside hitter).

"On the negative side, only winning two matches is going to be in the forefront when I think back on this year," Rundio said. "But on the positive side is we have a lot of young girls coming back. Hopefully they learned something from the season and know what they need to change."