Elder & Moeller Advance To Volleyball Final Four

By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)

CENTERVILLE— Three local teams were in action in the boys volleyball state quarterfinals Saturday in Centerville. Elder, Moeller and Lakota West all took the court to keep their dreams of a state title alive.

Elder has made three straight state title matches in volleyball, and in order to make a fourth they'd have to contend with the state's No. 1 seed St. Edward in the state quarterfinals.

Elder lost game one 25-14, but battled back to win the match, taking the next three games by the scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-22. Elder will play tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the state semifinals at Centerville High School. The Panthers get the winner of the Lakota West vs. Hilliard Darby matchup.

Lakota West was the number two seed in the tournament, and in order to play the Elder Panthers on Sunday morning, they'd have to get through the Hilliard Darby Panthers.

Lakota West and Darby played at 6:30, and the match was tight all the way through. West lost game one but won game two. In the end Darby pulled out the win, sending the Firebirds home, taking the maximum five games to advance to the state semis. The final game of the match went past its scheduled distance, and the Darby Panthers won it 17-15.

Moeller is the defending state champions, and they moved on quite handily this afternoon. The Crusaders, the 2010 GCL-South champions, beat Cleveland St. Ignatius to advance to the state final four for the seventh time in eight seasons. (For FOX19's story on Moeller's volleyball dynasty click here: http://www.fox19.com/Global/story.asp?S=12536075)

Moeller will play Mt. Vernon, who defeated the host Centerville Elks in four games.

So it'll be Darby and Elder on Sunday at 11 a.m., the winner will take on the winner of the Moeller vs. Mt. Vernon match, which is slated to take place after the Elder match.

If both GCL teams win it will be the third time in four years that Moeller and Elder have met on the volleyball court to decide the state title. In 2007, Moeller defeated Elder at Cincinnati State, and last year up in Cleveland, Moeller again defeated the Panthers. If both teams advance to the state title match it will also be the sixth year in a row that two GCL-South teams have met for all the marbles.

In Division II play Saturday, the only local team in action, Purcell Marian, lost to the No. 1 seed Akron Archbishop Hoban 25-18, 25-19 and 25-12.