The Walsh Jesuit boys volleyball team earned a date in the state semifinals.
The top-seeded Warriors won the Division II, North Region title after earning a 25-19, 25-16, 15-25, 25-21 victory over second-seeded Akron Archbishop Hoban. The match took place Saturday at Jackson High School in Massillon.
With the win, Walsh is scheduled to play Cincinnati La Salle in a state semifinal match June 1 at Capital University in Bexley. Play is set to begin at 5 p.m.
The Warriors (15-10) have five starters who are Hudson residents.
They are sophomores Tyler Ligan, who leads the team in kills (169) and is second on the team in aces (34), digs (110) and blocks (41); Will Heeney, who leads the Warriors in assists (463) and aces (48); Sean Stepanek, who averages more than four digs per set to lead the team; and Ben Ligan (73 kills); and junior Jack Brandhorst.
"As a sophomore who has a lot on his plate, Tyler has risen to the challenge and been extremely successful," Walsh head coach Bradley Seislove said. "He is a very steady force and an outstanding leader on this team.
"Will has kept our entire team involved and made it very difficult to game-plan against us. His tempo and leadership are excellent for a sophomore and it is the reason we have been as successful on offense as we have been.
"Sean’s growth and development this year has been incredible. His defensive mindset and leadership in the back row has helped springboard the offensive success we have been having this year
"Ben is a spark plug of energy for our team. His athleticism is also very apparent on the court and his desire to learn and compete is contagious to his teammates around him.
"Jack’s development throughout the year has earned him a lot of time on the floor and he is, offensively and defensively, a force to be reckoned with.
"His play in the middle helps open other options for our offense and his block allows our defense to set up efficiently and be extremely effective."