There has not been a repeat Champion in Division I since Moeller in 2004 & 2005.
The last 3 State Champions in Division I have all bounced back from Runner-up finishes the year before to take the title. St X, the favorite, would be the 4th in a row.
2011 - St Eds over Moeller
2012 - Moeller over Darby
2013 - Darby over Elder
2014 - Elder over X
Quarterfinals - Saturday 5/30
10:00am - (E1) Hilliard Davidson vs. (S2) Archbishop Moeller
11:45am - (S1 St Xavier vs. (E2) Hilliard Darby
1:30pm - (N1) St Edward vs. (W2) Beavercreek
3:15pm - (W1) Centerville vs. (N2) St Ignatius
Semifinals - Sunday 5/31
10:00am - N1/W2 vs. E1/S2
12:00pm - W1/N2 vs. S1/E2
Championship Match - Sunday 5/31
4:00pm - TBD vs. TBD
(1) Centerville def. (4) Kettering Fairmont 3-0 scores coming
(2) Beavercreek def. (3) Lakota East 25-21, 25-15, 25-13
Some pretty boring Regional Finals just looking at the scores. Even some of the better looking matchups turned out to be duds. Only matches that weren't 3-0 were Darby/Gahanna (looks like best match of the weekend) and Elder/Moeller which wasn't close.
M1 10:00am Davidson vs. Archbishop Moeller
M2 11:45am St. Xavier vs. Darby
M3 1:30pm St. Edward vs. Beavercreek
M4 3:15pm Centerville vs. St. Ignatius
M5 5:00pm Archbishop Alter vs. Walsh Jesuit
M6 6:45pm St. Francis DeSales vs. Roger Bacon
Predictions for the matches?
M1: Davidson in 5
M2: St. Xavier in 3
M3: St. Edward in 5
M4: Centerville in 3
M5: Walsh in 5
M6: DeSales in 3
If Moeller plays the way they did against Elder, no way they lose to Davidson. Unfortunately they've been inconsistent this year and could be set up for a let-down following their Regional Championship win.
In D1 it's X's tournament to lose. I don't see them dropping a set all weekend, similar to what Elder did last year. They may get tough, close sets in all of their matches, but they are better than everyone else and the only team that matched up with them enough to beat them (Elder) IMO, will be sitting at home.
I'll make my picks later in the week. Will anyone be up at Captial for updates? I'll try to watch the online stream of the matches, but may not be able to early Saturday for the first few matches.
Most years, the D1 State Champ would overwhelm the D2 State Champ just due to numbers. Though there have been D2 teams that have beaten D1 Finalists:
2014 - Elder (D1 Champ) lost in 3 to Watterson (D2 Runner-up)
2013 - Elder (D1 Runner-up) lost in 5 to Fenwick (D2 Champ)
Up next, our st. X bombers vs. Vanguard High School, ahem, I meant Hilliard Darby. Vanguard off to a great start. Coaches looking super fly as usual. Those matching baby blue top siders are making my mouth water.
First wow moment of the day, Darby takes set 1 over St X 25-16. Bombers fell behind early and Darby never looked back. Had leads of 19-10 and 22-12. X seemed to get a little comfortable towards the end of set 1, so we'll see how they come out in the next one.