Front (from left) seniors Kaiti Newland, Kylie Guagenti, Melina Woods, Maddie Gossard, Olivia Alexander, Nikki Lehsten.
Back: head coach Melissa Gossard, Ashleigh Rush, Raina England, Megan Light, Sidney Gossard, Morgan Swick, Aubrey Madison, Rilan Conley, JV coach.
Front (from left) seniors Kaiti Newland, Kylie Guagenti, Melina Woods, Maddie Gossard, Olivia Alexander, Nikki Lehsten. Back: head coach Melissa Gossard, Ashleigh Rush, Raina England, Megan Light, Sidney Gossard, Morgan Swick, Aubrey Madison, Rilan Conley, JV coach.

OTTAWA - Ada's volleyball team can no longer say they haven't won a district championship.

The Bulldogs avenged a regular season loss to Lima Central Catholic Thursday evening by defeating the T-Birds in the Division IV district finals at Ottawa-Glandorf 25-19, 25-15, 25-15. This is the first district title for the Bulldog volleyball program.

The win advances Ada to the Division IV, regional semi-finals at the Elida Fieldhouse on November 2 at 6 p.m. at the Norwalk St. Paul/Buckeye Central winner.

The key to Ada's success Thursday evening was getting a lead on the T-Bird in each game.

In the opening game, the two teams were tied 9-9 before the Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run to lead 15-9. Bulldog senior standout Melina Woods had a kill and a block for a point in the run. The T-Birds were able to come within 23-19 before Ada scored the final two points of the game on a hitting error by the T-Birds and another block by Woods to close out the game.

Ada didn't waste any time getting the lead in the second game as they jumped on top 7-1 as Woods had three kills and Maddie Gossard served up an ace. Although they got off to a quick start the T-Birds were able to battle back as they pulled within 13-11 on a kill by Mornay McBroom. Three errors by LCC allowed Ada to build a 16-11 lead.

The Bulldogs had a 19-14 lead before going on a 5-0 run to go up 24-14 as Woods started the run with a block, then served up an ace. After two hitting errors by LCC a kill by Raina England had Ada at game point. LCC survived going down 2-0 on a hitting error by Ada before a Megan Light attack gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.

The third game saw the Bulldogs score the first four points as Woods, 29 kills for the night, had two kills and Maddie Gossard had back-to-back aces. LCC tried to answer as they were within 5-3 before Ada went on a 5-0 to go up 10-3. The Bulldogs were up 11-6 before a quick 3-0 run gave them a 14-6 lead. From there the Bulldogs were able to steadily pull away for the win as they scored the final three points of the match to punch their ticket to the regional tournament.