St. Xavier Volleyball Defeats GCL South Rival Moeller in State DI Championship

Photo courtesy Cincinnati Enquirer

Photo courtesy Cincinnati Enquirer

By Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati Enquirer

St. Xavier High School volleyball faced a familiar foe in the state Division I championship match in Greater Catholic League-South rival Moeller.

The Bombers, coached by 1994 graduate Bill Ferris, came away with the title, winning 3-1 June 2 at Capital University.

Moeller took the first game 25-19, but St. Xavier took the final three 25-22, 25-21 and 35-33 to win. They beat the Crusaders three times this season.

The Bombers, ranked No. 2 in the May 18 Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association poll, beat the No. 1-ranked Hilliard Darby 3-0 in the semifinal morning match June 2. Darby had beat St. Xavier in the regular season. Coached by Matt McLaughlin, Moeller advanced to the final game after beating Mt. Vernon 3-0.

Division II La Salle and Division I Lakota East also played in the state tournament, bowing 3-2 to Walsh Jesuit and Mt. Vernon respectively June 1.