The Delaware Christian School girls volleyball team came up one victory short of winning its second Division IV district championship.
The fourth-seeded Eagles finished 16-10 overall after losing to top-seeded Fairfield Christian 25-23, 25-16, 24-26, 25-16 in the district final Oct. 27 at Worthington Christian.
"We had a chance to win the first game and just let it get away and I think that gave (Fairfield Christian) all the momentum," said coach Jackie Boggs, whose team won a district title in 2016. "If we win that, I think it goes a long way in giving us confidence and it puts some pressure on them and I don't think they played from behind much all year."
Fairfield Christian rallied from a 21-14 deficit in the opening game, which was similar to the teams' first meeting on Sept. 29 when the Knights rallied in the first game and won the match 29-27, 25-21, 25-6.
In the district final, junior outside hitter Lyssi Snouffer had 18 kills, 22 digs and two blocks, senior outside hitter Maggie Broadfoot had nine kills and 13 digs and sophomore setter Grace Williams had 31 assists and 13 digs.
"It was a good year for us," Boggs said. "I think the girls fought hard and we played a tough schedule to prepare for matches like this one. We weren't in awe of any team in our district because we played so many bigger schools in non-league matches."
Delaware Christian advanced to the district final by beating second-seeded Shekinah Christian 25-16, 25-27, 25-19, 15-25, 16-14 in a semifinal Oct. 25 at Worthington Christian.
The Eagles had lost to the Flames 25-19, 25-13, 20-25, 25-23 on Sept. 13 and 23-25, 13-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-5 on Oct. 9 in MOCAL play. Shekinah Christian went 10-0 in the MOCAL to win the league title and the Eagles finished second at 8-2.
Delaware Christian opened the postseason Oct. 18 with a 25-9, 25-8, 25-5 home win over 14th-seeded Northside Christian and beat third-seeded Berne Union 25-16, 25-23, 25-15 in the second round Oct. 20 at home to reach a semifinal.
The Eagles are losing two seniors in Broadfoot and opposite hitter Hannah Maurer.
Expected to return are Snouffer, Williams, juniors Sloane Dellipoala (middle hitter), Danielle Edwards (libero), Allison Grover (middle hitter), Emily Kalb (defensive specialist), Abbi Maurer (setter) and Rachel Schneider (opposite hitter) and sophomores Elizabeth Ringley (defensive specialist) and Nikki Snedden (libero/opposite hitter).
Snouffer led the Eagles in kills (459), digs (448), aces (60) and serves received (272).