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    Villa Angela-St. Joseph is back in the state final four. The Vikings, defending 2013 Division IV state runner-ups, are seeking their first state championship since 2005.

    VASJ will play Fort Loramie at 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Wright State University in a D-IV state semifinal.

    The Vikings are in their first back-to-back final fours since the 2005-06 seasons, winning it all in 2005. While they have lost some key players from last year's state runner-up team, McKenna Walker, Toni Beuck, Rachel Smith, Nicole Cramer and a host of others have been big in the return to Fairborn.

    VASJ knocked off Tuscarawas CC in the Solon regional final, 3-1.

    This is the Redskins' first trip to the state semifinals. Fort Laramie coach John Rodgers has a team led by a pair of 6-footers in Kelly Turner and Ashley Pleiman, averaging 4.3 and 3.1 kills per set respectively.

    The winner advances to the state final, 11 a.m., Nov. 8, vs. the winner of McComb (27-0) and Newark Catholic (25-1).
     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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