By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
It was another state championship weekend for the Greater Catholic League South Division. Just one day after St. Xavier won the Division I state lacrosse title, Moeller capped what was a near-perfect season by winning its final two matches Sunday to win the Division I state crown at the Ohio High School Boys’ Volleyball Association State Tournament at Capital University in greater Columbus. The Crusaders defeated Beavercreek in four sets in the semifinals in their first match yesterday, and then bested Hilliard Darby in straight sets in the title match later in the day.
The title is Moeller’s eighth overall and first since capturing the DI crown in 2012. The Crusaders also won state titles in 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009. GCL South Division rival St. Xavier, the lone team to beat Moeller this season, winning in the final GCL South match on May 11, advanced to the state semifinals before falling in five sets to state runner-up Darby on Saturday. Coach Matt McLaughlin’s Moeller team knocked off Olengtangy in its first match of the weekend, winning in four sets, to advance to the semifinals.
It was an outstanding year for GCL South volleyball, as three of the teams – Moeller, St. Xavier (20-4) and Elder (20-6), which lost to St. Xavier in a five-set marathon it the regional final, each won 20-plus matches. Moeller, St. Xavier and Elder held down the top three spots in the OHSBVA DI state poll. And La Salle, competing at the DII level and ranked No. 5 in the state poll, also advanced to the state tournament. The Lancers lost to eventual state champion St. Charles in the semifinals in straight sets Saturday and finished the season 11-11.