JACKSON - Waterford continued its dominating run in volleyball postseason play with a sweep of Portsmouth Notre Dame in Ohio Division IV Southeast District Championship action at Jackson High Saturday.
Sparked by Alyssa Miller, Laura Hill, Taylor Hilverding, Dani Drayer, Haley McCutcheon, and Maddy Sury, the Jandy Drayer-coached and No. 2-seeded Wildcats (23-2) defeated the Sarah Castle-led and top-seeded Titans 25-13, 25-12 and 25-16.
After a hard-fought first set went to the TVC Hocking Division champion Wildcats, the Titans trailed 21-3 in the second set but rallied with nine of the set's final 13 points before going down.
Photo courtesy of Jenny Semon
The Waterford girls’ volleyball team poses for a picture after beating Portsmouth Notre Dame to claim the district championship at Jackson Saturday.
In what turned out to be the finale, Notre Dame raced out to its biggest lead at 9-7, forcing Waterford to burn a timeout.
However, the momentum for the Titans was short-lived as the Wildcats went on a 12-1 run and never looked back.
The district final appearance was the first in school history for Notre Dame (21-5).
Waterford d. Portsmouth Notre Dame 25-13, 25-12, 25-16
Waterford (23-2): Dani Drayer 11pts,3aces, 2assts, 12 kills, 1block, 5digs; Laura Hill 6pts, 2aces, 1asst, 7kills, 4blocks, 13digs; Taylor Hilverding 7pts, 2aces, 8kills, 3blocks, 6digs; Haley McCutcheon 7pts, 1aces, 1asst, 5kills, 1block, 9digs; Alyssa Miller 8pts, 2aces, 94/96 setting, 35assts, 2kills, 6blocks, 7digs; Regan Porter 1block;Katie Semon 8digs; Maddy Sury 11pts, 4aces, 10kills, 4blocks, 1dig; Jessie Reynolds
Next match: Waterford vs. Newark Catholic in regional semi at Lancaster Thursday at 6 p.m.
Waterford's district title was its first since 2010. Since then the Wildcat netters had dropped two straight district finals.
Making its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2010, D4 No. 16-ranked Waterford is scheduled to play No. 13- Newark Catholic in a regional semi at Lancaster High Thursday at 6 p.m.