It was up and at ‘em for the Beavercreek boys volleyball team Saturday morning.
“I had them in the gym, running drills by 8:15 a.m.,” coach Carol Bysak said. “I wanted them awake and ready.”
They were both.
Beavercreek topped Gahanna Lincoln in straight sets (25-18, 25-23, 25-16) in the Division I quarterfinals of the state tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School. The Beavers, 23-3, advanced to the semifinals for the first time.
“For the first five or six points in the first set, they were a little nervous, but these guys have played strong since the beginning of the season and that was true today as well,” Bysak said.
First-team All-Ohio outside hitter Brody Davidson led the Beavers with eight kills, Nate Mazzone added seven kills and four digs. Noah Boos posted 24 assists.
Beavercreek faces Elder on Sunday morning. Elder won a marathon five-set quarterfinal against St. Ignatius on Saturday. The Beavers beat the Panthers 3-1 in their regular-season meeting.
While the Beavers advanced through the quarterfinals with relative ease, that is where Northmont’s state trip came to an end as Hilliard Darby beat the Thunderbolts, 25-20, 25-11, 25-18, in other D-I play.
Division II: The Fenwick Falcons are one win from a state title.
Fenwick topped St. Francis DeSales in straight sets (25-22, 25-10, 25-20) in the D-II semifinals.
The Falcons trailed late in the opening set when Fenwick coach Yoon Ha called a timeout. It was all the Falcons needed as they rattled off the next four points, capped by a pair of aces by Ryan Koehlke, who had a team-high seven.
“You can’t pass those serves,” Ha said. “He just served lights out.”
The Falcons took that momentum and ran with it right through the second set.
“We just have such a balanced offense, teams don’t know who to key on,” Ha said. “And if you key on our middles, we’ll go to the outside.”
Nathan Wourms led the Falcons with 10 kills while Jeff Fiorenza and Koehlke had seven apiece.
The Falcons will face the host Walsh Jesuit Warriors for the state championship title Sunday night.
“They are athletic, they have the home court and they had a big crowd,” Ha said. “But if we play the way we played tonight, we’ll be hard to beat.”