(11-9-21) New Knoxville and South Webster will match-up Thursday night at 6pm in the OHSAA D IV State Volleyball Semifinal match at the Nutter Center in Dayton..The winner will play for the state title.

For South Webster it is their first ever trip to the Final 4, for New Knoxville it is their 3rd trip (2006 (2nd), 1989).

Division IV State Final FOUR Schedule

  • No. 14 Monroeville (24-4) vs. No. 5 St. Henry (21-6), Thurs., 4 p.m.
  • No. 7 South Webster (25-1) vs. No. 2 New Knoxville (25-2), Thurs., 6 p.m.
  • Division IV State Championship: Sat., Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.

New Knoxville went thru a very emotional time last week in the lost of their coach’s husband in a tragic automobile crash last Monday.

The Rangers fought the sorrow they faced by knocking off Leipsic (25-19, 25-11, 25-12) in the Regional semifinal match and coming back from a first set loss to beat defending D IV state champion Tiffin Calvert (26-28, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22) in the Regional Final.

The Rangers are led by two OHSVCA 1st team selections, Carsyn Henschen (Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year) and Ellie Gabel and 2nd team choice Avery Henschen. (pictured above)

New Knoxville is a member of the state power Midwest Athletic Conference, known for winning numerous state tiles.How good is the MAC? Playing in the other D IV match is St. Henry, who will be making their 15th Final Four appearance (2015 (2nd), 2011 (1st), 2004 (1st), 2003(2nd), 1999, 1998, 1996 (2nd), 1995 (1st), 1994 (1st), 1990 (1st), 1988 (2nd), 1987 (1st), 1986,1985 (1st)). By the way New Bremen, who won the MAC title this year…lost to New Knoxville in the Districts.

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In the Southern Ohio Conference 2 Division, Faith Maloney of the Jeeps was named the “Player of the Year” for leading them to a perfect SOC season. Teammates Graci Claxon (“Defensive Player of the Year”and All-State Honorable Mention ), Bri Claxon and Bella Claxon. Darcee Claxon of South Webster was “Coach of the Year.”. Named to the 2nd tem were Skylar Zimmerman and Rylee McGraw.

South Webster won their first-ever volleyball regional championship with a 25-15, 25-22 and 25-13 victory over defending D IV State Champion Newark Catholic.

Southwest Webster head coach Darcee Claxon after the game told the Portsmouth Daily Times:

“The girls really believed that they could come and take care of business. That’s just such a huge part of it. The belief in yourself, and the belief that you can execute and you can trust each and every one of your teammates. The girls just really settled in, but that camaraderie and love they have for each other and belief in each other, I really think that’s the difference. I really do. And the skill level doesn’t hurt either.”

The Jeeps are 25-1 and has won 22 consecutive matches.