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Stritch in regional volleyball

Of all the area teams headed to re­gional vol­ley­ball semi­fi­nals Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, none was less likely to get this far than Car­di­nal Stritch in Divi­sion IV.

The Car­di­nals — who closed the reg­u­lar sea­son at 14-8 over­all, and fin­ished sec­ond in the Toledo Area Ath­letic Con­fer­ence — have reeled off four tour­na­ment wins, in­clud­ing three in straight sets.

Next up for the un­ranked Car­di­nals is a huge test against sixth-ranked New Wash­ing­ton Buck­eye Cen­tral (24-2), which has also taken three of its four tour­ney wins in straight sets.

That match is set for 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day at El­ida, with the win­ner fac­ing the vic­tor of the 7:30 p.m. semi­fi­nal — 17th-ranked McComb (22-3) vs. ninth-ranked Mo­hawk (23-2) — for the cham­pi­on­ship at 2 p.m. Satur­day.

In win­ning their first dis­trict ti­tle since 1999, the Car­di­nals de­feated the same op­po­nent (Ay­ers­ville) which had beaten them 3-0 in last year’s dis­trict fi­nal.

This time Stritch topped the Pilots 25-19, 25-22, 25-15 at De­fi­ance. The Cards were led by se­niors Briyanna Ax­tell and Sara Turner-Smith with eight kills each. Junior set­ter Au­tumn Craw­ford con­trib­uted 25 as­sists, and se­nior libero Abby Mass added 12 digs.

In Divi­sion I, Bowl­ing Green State Univer­sity’s Stroh Center will be the site of a re­gional semi­fi­nal show­down be­tween sec­ond-ranked St. Ur­sula (24-1) and sev­enth-ranked Find­lay (22-3) at 6 p.m. Thurs­day.

The two Three Rivers Ath­letic Con­fer­ence foes each reached the D-I state semi­fi­nals last sea­son, with St. Ur­sula ad­vanc­ing to the state cham­pi­on­ship match be­fore fall­ing against Cin­cin­nati Mount Notre Dame to fin­ish 28-1. Find­lay was elim­i­nated in the semi­fi­nals by Mount Notre Dame.

St. Ur­sula de­feated vis­it­ing Find­lay dur­ing TRAC play, and went on the win the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment. The Ar­rows, who were 28-1 and state cham­pi­ons in 2010, are 80-3 over­all since the start of that sea­son.

In Divi­sion II, if 12th-ranked East­wood (23-3), the North­ern Buck­eye Con­fer­ence cham­pion, is to ad­vance, the Eagles will have to pull off a ma­jor up­set at 7:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day at On­tario against top-ranked Parma Padua Fran­cis­can (23-2).

If East­wood does get past PPF, it would play for the ti­tle at 2 p.m. Satur­day against the win­ner of Wed­nes­day’s 6 p.m. semi­fi­nal — fourth-ranked Nor­walk (24-2) vs. un­ranked Amanda-Clearcreek (19-5).

Seventh-ranked Arch­bold (23-2), the North­west Ohio Ath­letic League cham­pion, trav­els to Find­lay High School for a Divi­sion III re­gional semi­fi­nal Thurs­day at 7:30 against un­ranked Cold­wa­ter (17-7). If the Blue Streaks pre­vail, they will face the win­ner of Thurs­day’s 6 p.m. semi­fi­nal be­tween sixth-ranked Huron (22-3) and 15th-ranked Co­lum­bus Ready (17-8).

In Mich­i­gan, White­ford won the Tri-County Con­fer­ence vol­ley­ball ti­tle last week, wrap­ping up an un­beaten con­fer­ence sea­son with a win over Whit­more Lake.

The Bob­cats had a first-round bye in their dis­trict tour­na­ment and will play on Thurs­day against Erie-Ma­son in the sec­ond round.

Girls soc­cer

Four area teams cap­tured dis­trict cham­pi­on­ships Satur­day to earn berths in re­gional semi­fi­nals.

Per­rys­burg, An­thony Wayne, St. Ur­sula, and Swan­ton all re­main among the fi­nal 16 teams in each di­vi­sion still com­pet­ing in the post­sea­son.

The Divi­sion I re­gional semi­fi­nal fea­tures North­ern Lakes League op­po­nents Per­rys­burg and An­thony Wayne at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day at Bowl­ing Green State Univer­sity's Cochrane Sta­dium.

Per­rys­burg’s un­de­feated Yel­low Jack­ets (19-0-0) have perched atop the D-I state poll the en­tire sea­son, out­scor­ing foes 100-5.

The Jack­ets have also gar­nered at­ten­tion in na­tional polls while cap­tur­ing a third straight NLL ti­tle with a 7-0-0 record. On Satur­day, the Yel­low Jack­ets rolled to a 7-0 win over Ash­land at Find­lay to win a third straight dis­trict ti­tle.

For­ward Maddy Wil­liams, who has com­mit­ted to Pur­due, has shat­tered the school record with 44 goals. Wil­liams, who scored twice in the dis­trict ti­tle game, also has 14 as­sists.

An­thony Wayne (12-2-4) en­ters the match with a six-game win­ning streak. The Gen­er­als won the first dis­trict ti­tle in pro­gram his­tory with a 1-0 shut­out of Notre Dame on Wed­nes­day.

AW has out­scored its op­po­nents 49-14. Junior goalie Tay­lor Hill has posted three straight shut­outs in the post­sea­son.

An­thony Wayne coach Lori Wil­liams said her team has ben­e­fited from play­ing in the dis­trict fi­nal last year.

“We're ex­cited for our Hal­low­een date,” Wil­liams said.

Per­rys­burg shut­out An­thony Wayne 4-0 on Sept. 12. The win­ner this time plays for the D-I re­gional ti­tle on Satur­day at 3 p.m. at a site to be de­ter­mined.

In Divi­sion II, St. Ur­sula got two goals from Jor­dyn Greer to de­feat Bowl­ing Green 2-0 as the Ar­rows took home a dis­trict ti­tle on Satur­day.

St. Ur­sula ad­vances to face Akron Hoban on Wed­nes­day at 7 p.m. at San­dusky High School.

The Ar­rows (11-5-3) have out­scored op­po­nents 52-21. St. Ur­sula knocked off No. 1 seed and No. 7 state ranked Maumee 4-1 in the dis­trict semi­fi­nals on Oct. 24.

Hoban (14-4-1) en­ters the semi­fi­nal on a six-game win­ning streak and has out­scored its foes 43-20.

The D-II re­gional fi­nal will take place on Satur­day at 3 p.m. at a site to be an­nounced.

In Divi­sion III, Swan­ton up­set top-seeded Wood­more 4-2 to take home a dis­trict ti­tle.

Next up for the Bull­dogs (11-7-1) in the re­gional semi­fi­nal is Kal­ida (18-0-1). The teams meet at 7 p.m. Tues­day at Ot­tawa Hill.

Swan­ton has out­scored its foes 83-47, the Wild­cats 85-5.

The D-III re­gional fi­nal will be held Satur­day at 3 p.m. at a site to be de­ter­mined.

Boys soc­cer

Five area teams ad­vanced to re­gion­als as An­thony Wayne and Southview pre­vailed in Divi­sion I dis­trict fi­nals, while Port Clin­ton ad­vanced in D-II. Ot­tawa Hills and Arch­bold will col­lide in D-III.

The sev­enth-ranked Gen­er­als face the Cou­gars in a D-I semi­fi­nal at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day at Cen­tral Cath­o­lic.

West­lake and Medina will meet in the other semi­fi­nal Wed­nes­day at Nor­do­nia. The win­ners will meet for the cham­pi­on­ship Satur­day at noon at San­dusky High.

Ninth-ranked Bay Vil­lage takes on 10th-ranked Port Clin­ton in a D-II semi­fi­nal at San­dusky Perkins. The cham­pi­on­ship is set for noon Satur­day at Lima Sta­dium. In the other semi­fi­nal, Ot­tawa-Glan­dorf meets Lima Bath Wed­nes­day at Lima Sta­dium.

In D-III, 10th-ranked Arch­bold will play host to Ot­tawa Hills at Find­lay in a re­gional semi­fi­nal, while sixth-ranked Mans­field Chris­tian meets eighth-ranked Co­lum­bus Acad­emy in an­other semi­fi­nal at Lex­ing­ton. The ti­tle match will be Satur­day at a site to be de­ter­mined.

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