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No. 1 St. Henry defeats
Tuscarawas Central Catholic to win school’s seventh state title
DAYTON, Ohio – The 2011 OHSAA
Division IV state volleyball championship between St. Henry and
Tuscarawas Central Catholic saw the No. 1 ranked Redskins’ stellar
defense defeat the 2010 state runner-up Saints 25-14, 25-12, 22-25,
25-18 in the last match of the day Saturday at Wright State University’s
Ervin J. Nutter Center. The entire state tournament had 13,644 people
watch 16 matches of the state’s best volleyball.
St. Henry, whose only loss came to the Division III state champion
Casstown Miami East, becomes just the third school with at least seven
state volleyball titles, but hadn’t brought one home since 2004. The
Redskins have made 13 total appearances in the state volleyball
tournament. TCC was making its third consecutive appearance.
The Redskins (28-1), who also beat the defending Division III state
champions in the regional finals, came out of the gates swinging and won
the first two sets easily. TCC would not go down without a fight,
however, as they rallied back to win set three 25-22. St. Henry forced
TCC to call a timeout taking a 6-2 lead in set four but the Saints
couldn’t respond as St. Henry went on to win the last set 25-18.
St. Henry was led by seniors Katie Hoyng (26
kills and 12 digs), Abby Brunswick (9 kills and 16 digs) and Ashley
Heitkamp (eight kills and 10 digs). Junior libero Kylie Koesters led the
Redskin defense with 28 digs.
TCC, which finished its season 24-5, was led
by its captains Megan Lawless (nine kills and 11 digs), Samantha Beamer
(19 digs) and senior Briana Neidig (14 kills and 21 digs).