During and after the Division II state tournament, DeSales High School boys volleyball coach Andy Feltz said his team didn't fully hit its stride until late in the regular season.

During and after the Division II state tournament, DeSales High School boys volleyball coach Andy Feltz said his team didn't fully hit its stride until late in the regular season.

Among the Stallions' matches during that time was a 20-25, 13-25, 25-23, 25-13, 15-11 win over eventual Division I state champion Hilliard Darby on May 8.

"The thing was they started believing in each other a little bit more," said Feltz, whose team finished 21-4 overall and 4-0 in the CCL, losing to Kettering Alter 26-24, 20-25, 20-25, 29-27, 15-12 in the state final May 31 at Capital University. "(Junior) Jack (Baird) was a new setter and that's such an integral part of the team, and early on I don't know that the guys completely trusted each other yet.

"I think the five-set win over Darby proved to these guys that they could play with anybody."

DeSales boasted wins over both Division I state finalists, but only one was official, as the Stallions defeated runner-up Beavercreek in a scrimmage May 27, Feltz said.

That and other accomplishments helped soften the disappointment of the Stallions' second loss to Alter this season, if only a little. DeSales also lost to the Knights on March 28, falling 29-27, 21-25, 15-12 in the season-opening Division II Showcase at Mount St. Joseph University.

"I felt like we had the physical tools to get (to state)," said Feltz, whose team was ranked third behind Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit and Alter in the final state coaches poll. "I was not sure if the chemistry would be right or not. I felt like we really played some great volleyball the past two or three weeks and that's why we got to this point and were right on the verge of winning it."

The Stallions' other two losses came April 25, as they fell to Walsh Jesuit 25-16, 25-20, 25-14 and to host Mount Vernon 20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 22-25, 15-10 that day.

DeSales avenged the loss to Mount Vernon by defeating the Yellow Jackets 25-20, 25-15, 20-25, 25-19 in an East Region final May 22 at Westerville Central.

"The chemistry grew, and we fell into place," senior libero Peter Marth said after a 25-16, 25-21, 28-30, 20-25, 15-12 win over Cincinnati Roger Bacon in a state semifinal May 30 at Capital. "We started to click."

Senior outside hitter Evan Feltz finished with 365 kills, 35 aces, 123 digs and 47 blocks and was named first-team all-league, all-region and all-state. Feltz, the coach's son, will play at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa.

Senior middle hitter Luke Melsop, who will play football at Columbia, had 196 kills, 82 blocks and 27 aces and also earned first-team all-league, all-region and all-state honors.

Marth had 242 digs and was second-team all-league and all-region and honorable mention all-state. Baird had 614 assists and was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-region, and senior outside hitter Chris Modie had 115 kills and was second-team all-region.

Senior libero Parker Plesich was second-team all-league.

DeSales won its second consecutive CCL championship, going 4-0 in league play to finish ahead of St. Charles (2-2) and Watterson (0-4).

Seeded first in the East Region tournament, the Stallions swept eighth-seeded Northland 25-10, 25-15, 25-13 in a second-round match May 15 and defeated fourth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 25-12, 25-16, 25-10 in a regional semifinal May 19 before edging second-seeded Mount Vernon.

Boys lacrosse team was unpredictable

Boys lacrosse coach Matt Triplet rued the unpredictability that he believes led to his team's five losses this season.

DeSales finished 16-5, losing to third-seeded Toledo St. Francis 11-9 in a Division II Central/Northwest Region final May 31 at home.

The Stallions, who were seeded second, also lost to St. Francis in a regional final on their home field last year.

"The season as a whole was very good," said Triplet, whose team won its first eight games and 13 of its first 14 before losing four of its final seven. "But the games we lost, I think it wasn't a skill thing. It was mental. Some games we came in overconfident and others we were underconfident. As a group, one of the characteristics of this team was that we didn't know what we might get from game to game."

DeSales took a first-round bye in the regional tournament and routed eighth-seeded Whitehouse Anthony Wayne 19-3 in a second-round game May 22 and edged fourth-seeded Watterson 8-7 in a semifinal May 27 before falling to St. Francis.

The Stallions had lost to Watterson 9-8 in overtime in a regular-season game May 7.

Junior attacker Nick Musci had team-highs of 75 goals, 27 assists and 102 points. The Ohio State commit was named first-team all-region and second-team all-state along with senior goalkeeper Holden Chapman, senior defender Ben Hippler and junior attacker Austin Popovich (43 goals, 17 assists).

Junior defender Charlie Romano was second-team all-region, and freshman defender Jack DeSantis and sophomore defender Colton Hilleary both were honorable mention all-region.

DeSantis has committed to Maryland and Popovich has committed to Robert Morris in Pennsylvania.

Regional was tough end for track team

The manner in which the boys track and field team's season ended still stung a few days later, but coach Ben McGinnis said there is some consolation in the fact that the Stallions expect to return all but one of their Division II regional qualifiers.

None of DeSales' nine individuals or three relays advanced from the regional meet May 28 and 30 at Lexington to state, which was June 5 and 6 at Ohio State.

"The regional seemed a lot faster this year than it has before," McGinnis said. "It was disappointing, but we had a lot of younger athletes performing well and some thin spots on the team and we were 10 points away from winning a district championship. We're pretty positive about what they'll do in the future."

DeSales loses only two seniors, including Adam Acquista, who placed fifth at regional in the 300-meter hurdles (40.03 seconds) as the top four finishers in each event advanced to state.

Acquista plans to play football and run track at Wittenberg.

The Stallions scored five points at regional to tie Amanda-Clearcreek for 40th behind champion Pemberville Eastwood (65) as 47 teams scored. In the 16-team district 2 meet that concluded May 23 at Westerville South, they placed second (92) behind champion Eastmoor Academy (102).

At district, the 400 relay of Acquista, juniors Jacob Gil-more and Darren Hankins and sophomore Andre White won in 44.064 seconds, .003 of a second ahead of runner-up Eastmoor, and sophomore James Ervin won the 200 (23.03).

The girls team's season ended in the 16-team Division I, district 3 meet that concluded May 23 at Darby. DeSales scored two points to finish 16th behind champion Gahanna (158).

The Stallions' best finishes at district came from freshman Cammy Bury, who placed eighth in the 800 (2:25.96), and the eighth-place 3,200 relay of junior Logan Agin, Bury, junior Eliza Cargin and senior Jess Hamilton (10:21.45).

Hamilton was one of only two seniors on the girls team.

In the CCL meet that concluded May 16 at Columbus School for Girls, the boys team placed second (105.5) behind champion St. Charles (171) as five teams scored, and the girls team was fourth (65.5) behind champion Watterson (183) as five teams scored.

Sophomore Derrius Mullins led the boys team in the league meet, winning the discus (144 feet, 2 inches) and shot put (48-7 1/2).

The Stallions had 102 total athletes in their program this year.

"Things go in ebbs and flows," McGinnis said. "We graduated a lot of great athletes (in 2014), and now we should return a lot of experienced kids next year. The future is bright. A lot of younger kids got experience this year and, if they ever got down on themselves, I reminded them they can only be their best on any given day. I just wanted them to give their best."