Mount Notre Dame wins seventh state championship

FAIRBORN – In a four-game match that included 29 ties and 16 lead changes, No. 3 Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame overcame a loss in the first set to win three straight sets and beat No.1-ranked and previously undefeated Toledo St. Ursula 25-27, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24 Saturday in the Division I state championship match at Wright State University’s Nutter Center.

The state title is the seventh for Mount Notre Dame (26-3), which also won championships in 2011, 2006, 2000, 1999, 1998 and 1995. Only St. Ursula (8), Newark Catholic (8) and St. Henry (7) have won as many state volleyball titles.

St. Ursula, a two-time state champ (2010, 2004), ended 29-1 in its 10th trip to state.

Despite the Cougars loss in Game 1, it was their comeback at the end of that first game which perhaps led to their eventual victory. The Cougars trailed 22-15 in the opener before coming back to tie the score at 24.

Four players posted double-digit kills for Mount Notre Dame, led by senior Christine Chandler (24 kills, 22 digs), sophomore Dani Szczepanski (14 kills), sophomore Sydney Mukes (12 kills) and senior Sara Priest (10 kills). Junior Jessica Towle posted 58 assists.

Junior Lauran Graves led St. Ursula with 13 kills, and sophomore Elizabeth Coil added 10.

Back-to-back crowns give Marion Local 5th title

FAIRBORN – Top-ranked Maria Stein Marion Local swept unranked Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 25-16, 25-22, 25-23 Saturday to win the Division IV state championship at Wright State University.

The Flyers (28-1) never trailed in the second or third sets on their way to back-to-back state championships and their fifth state title overall (2012, 2009, 2008, 2007).

In a balanced Marion Local attack, senior Gina Kramer led the way with 12 kills, while senior Brooke Winner added eight. Senior Megan Wendel totaled 26 digs. Senior Katie Elking and senior Allie Wendel shared the assist leadership with 17 and 14, respectively.

VASJ ended 23-6 in its fifth trip to the state tournament. The Vikings won state titles in 2001 and 2005.

Versailles outlasts Gilmour Academy for first crown

FAIRBORN – Two schools vying for their first volleyball state championship went the full five games Saturday, and it was third-ranked Versailles which came out on top.

The Tigers defeated ninth-ranked Gilmour Academy 26-24, 25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 15-11 for the Division III title at Wright State University.

Versailles (27-2) was making its fourth appearance in the state tournament, while Gilmour (22-7) was making its fifth. The score was tied 24 times and there were nine lead changes during the match.

Despite the loss, Gilmour set an OHSAA record for best team hitting percentage in a Division III five-set match (.217) since rally scoring went into effect in 2004.

Versailles senior Amanda Winner (28 kills, 16 digs) and junior Lauren Bruns (21 kills) led the way for the Tigers. Senior Rachel Kremer had 52 assists.

Senior Jess Janota totaled 33 kills for Gilmour, second-most in a five-set Division III state tournament match since 2004.

Parma Padua Franciscan takes third state trophy

FAIRBORN – Parma Padua Franciscan kept the state’s No. 1 ranking the entire season, and capped off the 2013 campaign with the Division II state championship Saturday with a 23-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-21 victory over second-ranked Kettering Archbishop Alter at Wright State University.

Padua (28-1) now owns three state titles in three trips to the state tournament, with the others coming in 2008 and 2009.

There were 21 tie scores and nine lead changes in the match.

Alter (24-4) was making its eighth state tournament appearance and owns three state titles (2006, 2003 and 2002) of its own.

Senior Emily Marcinowski’s 20 kills and 17 digs led Padua. Senior Sarah Peterson lined 17 kills and junior Katie Stansbury notched 15. Senior Gina Kilner provided 51 assists as the Bruins hit an impressive .277 for the match.

Junior Maddie Bazelak and senior Natalie Seiler led Alter in kills with 16 and 14, respectively.