The Cincinnati Ursuline Academy girls volleyball team continued its undefeated season Thursday as the Lions defeated Marysville 25-3, 25-16, 25-9 in a Division I regional semifinal at Hilliard Davidson.Ursuline improved to 26-0 and advanced to its third consecutive a regional final. It will play Olentangy at 2 p.m. Saturday at Davidson. "(Ursuline) has an all-around court strength," said Marysville coach Leslie Boey, whose team finished 22-5. "Everything we tried to hit at them, they were there. You can tell they're a very disciplined team."
Ursuline made a statement in the first game as the Lions took a 13-0 lead on 12 consecutive points served by Kori Moster.
"That first game was just sheer panic and shock that (Ursuline) is really good," Boey said. "We never got into a rhythm whatsoever. We were still adjusting to what they were doing."
Marysville settled down the second game as the Monarchs pulled to within 13-12 before Ursuline outscored Marysville 12-4.
"(The first game) was just nerves and being in a new gym and realize what were playing for," Marysville's Lisa Rausch said. "We picked it up in the second game as our coach gave us some encouragement."
"Our intensity was so much better the second game," Boey said. "We got good digs, serves started looking better and our hitting came alive a little bit."
Hannah McShea finished with 11 kills and 20 digs for Marysville and Meghann Gugel added 16 assists.
Marysville made their its first appearance in a regional semifinal five days after it earned the program's first district title.
Ursuline was led by Jade Henderson with 14 kills, Katie Schings with 10 blocks, Dani Reinert with 35 assists and Moster with 18 digs.
The Lions have lost in a regional final to Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame the last two seasons.
"Last year we had a ton of injuries," Ursuline third-year coach Jeni Case said. "(Henderson) had a torn PCL, we had a girl with a staph infection and a broken nose. Every time we finally got a lineup, something happened to someone.
"We had good ball control and did a good job of keeping the ball off the floor. They've been doing that all year."