2022 OHSAA Volleyball State Championship Recaps
New Bremen Sweeps Monroeville for Third State Title
DAYTON, Ohio – Back in the state championship game for the fifth time in the last six years, top-ranked New Bremen topped No. 14 Monroeville, 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-21) in the Division IV title game Saturday at the Nutter Center at Wright State University.
It is the third state title for New Bremen (2017, 2019). The Cardinals finish the season 28-1. They totaled 18 kills in the third set and hit 59 percent.
New Bremen junior Olivia Heitkamp led the Cardinals with 19 kills, while sophomore Melina Schrader had 30 assists. Senior Abi Powers had 24 serve receptions and 18 digs.
Monroeville (24-5) was making its fifth trip to the state tournament and first appearance in the state championship game. The Eagles were led by senior Maddie Daniel with 15 kills and senior Madi Clark with 23 assists.
Mentor Lake Catholic Takes Home Second State Title
DAYTON, Ohio – Mentor Lake Catholic head coach Kara Oster won a volleyball state championship as a player for the Cougars in 2010 and did it again as a coach Saturday as Lake Catholic defeated Coldwater 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-20) in the Division III title game at the Nutter Center at Wright State University.
Lake Catholic (27-2) was making its ninth trip to the state tournament and now has a state runner-up (2009) and two state titles. The Cougars, which were a state semifinalist in 2021 in Division II, were ranked No. 1 all season. Coldwater (25-5) was ranked No. 4 in the final poll.
The Cougars were led by juniors Katie Sowko and Claire Duricky with 10 kills each. Junior Hannah Pattie had 30 assists and senior Emma Briganti had four aces.
Coldwater was making its third trip to the state tournament and is the state runner-up for the second time (2017). Senior Jenna Leugers had 15 kills to lead the Cavaliers, while freshman Mia Knapke had 18 assists and sophomore Morgan Blasingame had 27 serve receptions.
Chardon NDCL Comes from Behind to Win Division II Title
DAYTON, Ohio – Seventh-ranked Chardon Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin overcame a 2-1 set deficit to defeat fifth-ranked Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, 3-2 (25-19, 19-25, 14-25, 25-14, 15-12) Saturday in the OHSAA Division II state championship match at the Nutter Center at Wright State University.
The Lions (20-7) notched a Division II state tournament record for a five-set match with a .290 hitting percentage on their way to their third state title (2014, 2015). They were making their fourth appearance in the Final Four. They were state runner-up in 2020.
Senior Caroline Jurevicius powered NDCL to the state title with 27 kills on 59 attack attempts. Freshman Grace Daniels had 24 assists, while sophomore Marissa Brock had 17 assists and four service aces. Senior Sophia Morano had 20 digs and only one error on 24 serve receptions.
For Gilmour (21-9), sophomore Ella Jackson tied the Division II state tournament record for a five-set match with six service aces. She also had 50 assists for the balanced Gilmour attack, which was led by freshman D’Aira Whitner’s 13 kills.
Gilmour was making its 12th trip to the Final Four and played in the state championship game for the ninth time. The Lancers have three state championships and six state runners-up.
Ursuline Academy Wins Eighth State Title
DAYTON, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association held its first volleyball state tournament in 1975, and Cincinnati Ursuline Academy was one of the OHSAA’s first volleyball state champions that year. Fast forward to 2022, and Ursuline was again an OHSAA state champion, for the eighth time, as the Lions defeated Rocky River Magnificat 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21) Saturday in the Division I final at the Nutter Center at Wright State University.
The top-ranked Lions (25-3) shook off a sluggish start in the first set in which they had nine attack errors to rebound for their third state title in the last five years and their eighth overall, which is tied for second in OHSAA history. Their 15 state tournament appearances ranks third in OHSAA history.
Four Lions notched double-digit kills, including freshman Ella Grimes with 14, sophomore Katie Gielas with 14, senior Brooke Bultema with 13 and four service aces, and sophomore Lindy Radaszewski with 11. Senior Lindsey Green had 48 assists.
Defending state champion Magnificat (26-3) was ranked second in the state in the final coaches poll and was making its sixth Final Four appearance. The Blue Streaks were led by junior Mary Flanagan with 14 kills, while senior Lauren Yacobucci had 45 assists.