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VOLLEYBALL: Moeller seruor Robbie Klein was named state player of the year by the Ohio Boys Scholastic Volleyball even the contest at 24-24. Senior Coaches Association, which play~ middle hitter Ryan Trainor ¡ a spring season. St Xavier's Jaslammed in a pair of kills, and ju- son Motz and La Salle's Colin edging the Elks 22-25, 25-19, 28- nior outside hitter sealed the win Flynn also were named first-team 26, 19-25, 15-12 in the final of the with an ace. all-state, and Sycamore's Stan KaOhio High School Boys Volleyball The Elks forced the Crusaders niecki was named coach of the Association State Tournament at to a fifth game for the first time year. Otterbein College Saturday. It's thisseason,butMoellerprevailed Sycamore's Chris Grannen the first state volleyball title for to finish the season 27-1. was named second-team all-state, Moeller since 1998. Centerville handed La Salle a with Moeller's Mark Wunmers After splitting the first two 2&-24, 25-16, 25-19loss in the semi- and Purcell Marian's Max Holt games, the Crusaders trailed 18- finals earlier in the day. Moeller named third team. Moeller's 24 in Game3. handled Worthington Kilbourne Greg Ulland won an Ohio CoachAggressive serving helped 25-14, 25-19, 25-10 in the other es Achievement award. Moeller dig out of its hole and semifinal. - - - - - - - - - - - - . E-mail tgroeschen@enqu.irer.rnm S--~.-e> 1...\..


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WESTERVIlLE- It was a battle from start to finish, and Moeller coach Greg Ulland expected nothing less. 'There was no doubt in my mind that it was going to be that kind of match, because Centerville is a great team," Ulland said. 'They are very athletic, and we knew we would have to work our butts off to win." The Crusaders did just that,

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WESIERVIILE- The Crusaders made it look easy. Moeller sped to a 25-8, 25-10, 2516 win over Mount Vernon in the quarterfinals of the Ohio High School Boys' Volleyball. Association State Tournament at Otterbein College on Friday. The tournament-tested Crusaders improved to 25-1 with the win over the Yellow Jackets, who qualified for state for the first time. "Everyone feels nervous, whether they've been here or not, but our guys have learned to channel that nervousness," Moeller coach Greg Ulland said. The Crusaders will face Worthington Kilbourne in the state semifinals today. The Wolves handed Fairmont a 25-18, 25-15, 25-19 quarterfinal loss. 'They're a big team," Ulland said

of Kilbourne. "The key will be to keep them out of their system." Though Ulland is careful not to look past the Wolves, a final matchup against La Salle is a possibility. The Lancers handed Moeller its only loss during the regular season. LaSalle beat St. Edward, 25-20, 25-23, 26-24, in the quarterfinals Friday. The Eagles were a point away from forcing a fourth game, 24-18, but the Lancers chipped away at game point to earn the victory. ¡ "Rarely do you come back from a situation like that," La Salle coach Bob Wood said. The Crusaders will face a familiar foe, Centerville, in the semifinals. The teams met twice during the regular season, and the Lancers emerged with a pair of five-game wins. 'We're expecting a tough match against Centerville," Wood said.


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CENTERVILLE I It has been the Skyhawks' mission for exactly one year. "As soon as last season ended, this

became our goal," Fairborn boys volleyball coach John Cash said. "And we knew things needed to change to achieve it."


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Fairborn defeated Lakota East, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19, in the regional finals at Centerville High School on Saturday. It was the third time in as many years that the second-seeded Skyhawks reached the state-qualifying match, but the first time they advanced.

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"We thought we were good enough to win the last two times, but we didn't get it done," Cash said. "I think it was a mental difference this time. We've focused a lot more on the mental game."

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"We have thought about almost nothing else since losing to Fairmont last year," senior outside hitter Dan Holloway said. "We worked hard all summer and all year long, but getting to state wasn't our goal -winning was our goal." Perennial power Moeller now stands in Fairborn's way as the Skyhawks will face the Crusaders in the first round of state play Friday at Sinclair Community College. Moeller beat Fairborn in four games in the Elite Eight Tournament this season. "Moeller's not going to change what they do, and we aren't going to change what


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• Close call: It was the last team Centerville coach Pat Reynolds wanted to play, but the only team standing in the way of a return trip to the state tournament Chaminade-Julienne. "I didn't want to play them, especially after watching them play Thursday night," Reynolds said of the Eagles. "They've got people who can pound the ball and they hustle and they're well coached. I knew it wasn't going to be easy." It wasn't, but the defending Ohio runners-up got the job done, outlasting the C-J, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-13, in Saturday's other regional final and earning a return

trip to the state tournament. "As good as they were in the second game, we were making it easy because we

were making mistakes," Reynolds said. "I told the guys between games, 'If we cut out the mistakes, I think we can do it.' " All-region player of the year Ryan Versen sparked Centerville's offense with 19 kills. The junior outside hitter earned the Centerville Top Gun server-of-thematch honor with four aces in the winning effort. C-J coach Dennis Hale was disappointed by the loss but not with his team's effort. "Pat told me we were the only team in the bracket he feared," Hale said. "I'm proud of our guys. They played hard. The ball just didn't bounce our way at crucial times." The Elks will move on to the first round of the state tournament Friday at Sinclair. contact Us



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