Of the four teams that will compete in Division I regional semifinals Oct. 31 at Worthington Kilbourne, the Olentangy Liberty girls volleyball team had the lowest district seed.
On Oct. 26, the fifth-seeded Patriots had no trouble wrapping up their second consecutive district championship, beating 15th-seeded Westerville Central 25-15, 25-17, 25-14 in a title match at Whitehall.
“We served aggressively and passed and played scrappy defense,” Liberty coach Jen Chapman said. “We blocked well as a team and spread the ball around to all of our hitters, which was great.”
Setter Logan Flaugh surpassed 1,500 career assists and middle hitter Ali Sebenoler had 12 kills to lead the Patriots, who improved to 18-7 and will play Olentangy Orange in a regional semifinal.
The Warhawks, who also lost twice to Liberty during the regular season, finished 17-7.
Olentangy Orange 3, Grove City 0
The top-seeded Pioneers defeated the 14th-seeded Greyhounds 25-14, 25-21, 25-17 in a Division I district final Oct. 26 at Central Crossing to win their fourth consecutive district title.
Orange improved to 21-4 and will play Liberty in a regional semifinal, while Grove City finished 15-9.
DeSales 3, Hartley 0
The second-seeded Stallions avenged their only loss in CCL play, sweeping the eighth-seeded Hawks 25-13, 25-20, 25-17 in a Division I district final Oct. 26 at Whitehall to win their eighth district championship in nine seasons.
DeSales improved to 23-2 and will play another league rival, Watterson, in a regional semifinal.
“We started a little slow in every set, but once we settled into our routine and got some rhythm, we were fine,” Stallions coach Brenden Pence said. “We applied a lot of pressure with our serves. It was one of our best serving matches of the season and we did a great job with serve-receive.”
Hartley finished 20-6.
Watterson 3, Dublin Scioto 0
The third-seeded Eagles won their second consecutive district title by beating the seventh-seeded Irish 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 in a Division I district final Oct. 26 at Central Crossing.
Watterson improved to 21-5 and will play DeSales in a regional semifinal, while Scioto finished 23-3.
“Personally, it was one of the best matches I’ve played, and Abby Stratford stayed poised,” Eagles junior right-side hitter Olyvia Kennedy said. “Our freshman, Mercedes Motton, is a middle and her blocking was just on point where it needed to be.”
—Jarrod UlreyDIVISION IV
Newark Catholic 3, Delaware Christian 0
The top-seeded Eagles fell to the third-seeded Green Wave 25-19, 25-17, 26-24 in a Division IV district final Oct. 26 at Worthington Christian Middle School.
Lyssi Snouffer had 11 kills and 10 digs, Allison Grover had five blocks, four kills, three digs and one service ace, Erin Bauslaugh had 10 assists and Grace Williams added nine assists and five digs for the Eagles, who finished 24-2.
It marks the fifth district runner-up finish for Delaware Christian, including its second in a row.
Newark Catholic improved to 17-6 and will play Portsmouth Notre Dame in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Bloom-Carroll.