The Cincinnati Ursuline girls’ volleyball team set its sight on the state title this season and didn’t accept anything less. That was the attitude the Lions had all season. No celebrating too
early. No looking ahead to the next significant match. In the end, that
work ethic paid off.
The Cincinnati Ursuline girls’ volleyball team set its sight on the state title this season and didn’t accept anything less.
That was the attitude the Lions had all season. No celebrating too early. No looking ahead to the next significant match. In the end, that work ethic paid off.
Ursuline (29-0) defeated Dublin Coffman 25-16, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17 on Saturday to capture the school’s first state volleyball title since 2002 at Wright State University’s Nutter Center.
In 2008, Ursuline had been undefeated all season but its dream season ended with a loss in the Division I state final. On Saturday, the Lions left little doubt.
“We’ve been waiting for this all year,” Ursuline coach Jeni Case told the Community Press. “I took things differently this year. It helped them to stay focused. They didn’t look ahead ever.”
After going undefeated through a rigorous Girls Greater Cincinnati League schedule, the Lions remained focused throughout the postseason.
“The more we ran and the harder we worked, the more it was going to show on the court,” junior Kori Moster told the Community Press. “I think we are all in a little bit of shock.”
Ursuline finished with a 55-41 kill advantage over Coffman. Ursuline made its 10th all-state appearance in the state final four. Senior Jade Henderson had 18 kills, while senior Lauren Marlatt had 16 kills. Moster had 15 digs. Senior Dani Reinert had 48 assists.
In Division IV, Marion Local won its third consecutive state title with a 25-17, 20-25, 25-10, 25-13 win over Norwalk St. Paul. Marion Local became the seventh program in Ohio to win three or more consecutive state titles.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ben Coffaro, Elder football: The junior running back/wide receiver had 30 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers’ 17-14 win over Cincinnati St. Xavier in a Division I regional semifinal Saturday at Nippert Stadium. Coffaro, who is 5-9 and 175 pounds, also had four receptions for 64 yards. Coffaro has rushed for 926 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. He also has 42 receptions for 467 yards and three touchdowns. Elder (9-2) plays Anderson (12-0) in the Division I regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday at Nippert Stadium.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Anderson football team: The Redskins defeated Middletown 41-20 in the Division I regional semifinal at the University of Cincinnati last Saturday. Despite being without senior All-American offensive lineman Andrew Norwell (Ohio State commit), the Redskins are one step away from a third consecutive state final four appearance. Anderson made two consecutive Division II state final appearances before the school moved up to Division I this season. Senior running back Kyle Slater rushed for 256 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday. Senior quarterback Brandon Bornhauser had 118 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Mason coach steps down: Mason football coach David Sedmak resigned last Monday after three seasons with the Comets. Mason went 3-7 last season. Sedmak, a veteran coach who previously helped lead Shaker Heights and Beachwood in northeast Ohio, said he was disappointed with not winning more games at Mason but had good memories with the program. “I am worn out with the 24-7-365 task of trying to compete with the brutal GMC schedule,” Sedmak told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Galvin commits: Moeller senior linebacker Nick Galvin made an oral commitment to play football at Western Michigan last week. Galvin (6-1, 225) had six sacks and a fumble recovery for the Crusaders this season. He is the sixth Moeller player from the 2010 class to orally commit to a college program this fall.
Bandy brothers commit: Cincinnati St. Xavier tennis standouts – Ryan and Sean Bandy – made college commitments to Notre Dame and Dayton, respectively. Ryan was a Division I state singles semifinalist in 2009. Sean was a state doubles quarterfinalist.
Golfer commits to Eastern Michigan: West Chester Lakota West girls’ golfer Kari Hogeback has committed to the Mid-American Conference program. She was tied for 17th at the Division I state tournament. She was a district champion.
Payne commits to Auburn: Winton Woods senior forward Allen Payne orally committed to Auburn for basketball last week. He is expected to sign this week.
Wolf commits to Xavier: Mount Notre Dame senior tennis standout Andrea Wolf has committed to play at Xavier University. Wolf was 18-1 this season and made it to the second round of the Division I state tournament.
Alter vs. Clinton-Massie, football Saturday at Centerville: The Division IV regional final features reigning state champion Alter, which is undefeated at 12-0. Alter defeated Carlisle 41-0 last week. Clinton-Massie (12-0) defeated Kenton 30-22 last week.
Anderson vs. Elder, football Saturday at Nippert Stadium: The Division I regional final returns to Nippert Stadium a week after both teams played there in the regional semifinals. Anderson (12-0) defeated Middletown 41-20 behind a strong running game. Elder (9-2) upset top seed St. Xavier 17-14.
Winton Woods vs. Trotwood-Madison football, Friday at Mason: Winton Woods returns to the Division II regional final for the second consecutive season. The Warriors defeated Tecumseh 40-7 last week. Trotwood defeated Turpin 43-7. Trotwood is led by junior running Antwan Gilbert, who has rushed for more than 2,500 yards.
Wyoming vs. Springfield Shawnee, football, Friday at Welcome Stadium: Shawnee (10-2) defeated Logan Elm 21-4 last week. Wyoming (12-0) defeated Monroe 14-7 last week. Wyoming is led defensively by senior defensive lineman Jibreel Black (Cincinnati commit). Shawnee is led by quarterback Evan Storts.