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OHSAA State Volleyball Preview
 November 10-12, 2011

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2011 State Volleyball Tournament Preview

COLUMBUS, Ohio-- The 2011 OHSAA State Volleyball Tournament will be held this weekend at the Ervin J. Nutter Center at Wright State University in Dayton. Semifinal matchups in Divisions III and II will be held Thursday Nov. 10, while Division I and IV semifinals will take place Friday Nov. 11. Championship matches for all divisions will be played consecutively Saturday Nov. 12, beginning with the Division III final at 11 a.m., followed by Division II, I and IV. Matches will not begin before 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

The Division I semifinal bracket pits 15th-ranked, first time state qualifier Findlay (22-5) against second-ranked Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame (22-5). Mount Notre Dame has won five state titles (06, 00, 99, 98, 95) and brought home runner-up trophies in 1990 and 2007. The second semifinal game has top-ranked defending state champion Toledo St. Ursula Academy (27-0) against 13th-ranked Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (20-7). St. Ursula Academy is the only returning state champion from the 2010 tournament while Walsh Jesuit will be making its third state appearance and first since 2006.

The Division II semifinals include sixth-ranked Columbus Bishop Hartley (22-5) taking on unranked, 18-9 Cleveland Heights Beaumont School. Bishop Hartley is back in the state tournament after consecutive state appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2009 whereas Cleveland Heights Beaumont School will be making its first state appearance after beating 14th-ranked Mentor Lake Catholic 27-25, 25-20, 25-27, 25-18 in the regional finals. The second semifinal game has 2010 semifinalist and 12th-ranked Kettering Archbishop Alter (18-9) facing off against second-ranked Mansfield Madison (26-2). Madison defeated fifth-ranked Columbus St. Francis DeSales 25-22, 25-22, 18-25, 26-24 in the regional finals. The Knights of Alter will be making their sixth state appearance and third in the last five years.

The first semifinal match of Division III features 2010 state semifinalist and fifth-ranked Gates Milles Gilmour Academy (25-2) against eighth-ranked Columbus Bishop Ready (22-5). Gilmour Academy is making its fourth state appearance whereas Bishop Ready is making its first. The matchup on the other side of the bracket has fourth-ranked Frankfort Adena (24-3) against the top ranked team in the state, Casstown Miami East (27-1). Adena took home the runner-up trophy in 2009 whereas Miami East is making its first appearance.

Division IV semifinal matchups will have 2010 semifinalist and 16th-ranked New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Catholic (23-4) against sixth-ranked Reedsville Eastern (27-0). Reedsville Eastern is one of two undefeated team in this year’s state tournament (Toledo St. Ursula Academy). The second semifinal match has 14th-ranked Sycamore Mohawk (25-2) against top-ranked St. Henry (26-1). This will be St. Henry’s 13th state appearance as they attempt to go for the school’s seventh state title (04, 95, 94, 90, 87, 85). Mohawk is making its first appearance.

By Kristin Daugherty, OHSAA Sports Information Intern, kdaugherty@ohsaa.org

 

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