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The Varsity Volleyball Bombers traveled to Capital University on Saturday morning for the OHSBVA Div. I State Quarterfinals against Centerville. St. Xavier finished 4th in the final State Coaches Poll and advanced to the State Tournament Quarterfinals with wins over two league rivals, LaSalle in 3 sets and Moeller in 5 sets. The Elk finished ranked 10th in the final State Coaches Poll and advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Lakota East and Northmont in 4 sets each. The Bombers and Centerville met early in the season with St. Xavier claiming the match 3 sets to 1 at Centerville.
St. Xavier got off to a quick start as they jumped out to a healthy 15-7 lead in the 1st set on Saturday. They did not let up and took a 1-0 lead with a 25-18 set win. In the 2nd set, Centerville and the Bombers went back and forth. St. Xavier inched ahead by a score of 21-18 and sealed the 2nd set win by a score of 25-21 to take a 2-0 match lead. The Bombers kept the pressure on in the 3rd set and eventually sealed the match with a 25-20 set victory to advance.
St. Xavier was led by senior Thomas Roberts who had 34 assists and 10 digs. Junior Ben Pung led the team in kills with 11 and added 1 ace. Senior James Brill contributed with 9 kills of his own. Senior Brad Spiller led the team in blocks with 7 and also added an ace. Sophomore Brian Mauch had 5 blocks and an ace. Junior Henry Huber led the team in digs with 19 of them. The Bombers had a total of 5 aces with the other 2 coming from juniors Ryan Hilvert and Kevin McCarthy.
St. Xavier improves to 22-4 and will meet St. Ignatius in the OHSBVA Div. I State Semifinals on Sunday, June 4 at 10:00 am at Capital University. This will be the 2nd meeting between the Bombers and the Wildcats as they met earlier in the regular season at Walsh Jesuit. In that match, the first set was a long one with the Wildcats pulling it out by a score of 34-32. The Bombers bounced back and won the next 3 sets to win the match 3-1 by scores of 27-25, 28-26 and 25-23. St. Ignatius stands at 21-3 on the season and was ranked #5 in the final Coaches State Poll.