Circleville coach Danielle Perkins called out the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association poll voters last Thursday for not showing the Tigers the proper respect she felt that they had earned.
Evidently, the coaches listened or at least noted the Tigers’ win over state-ranked Bloom-Carroll on the same night.
The Tigers (14-2) debuted in the Division II state poll for the first time this season on Sunday, rated as the 16th best team in the state.
“Honestly, I don’t feel like we’ve been getting the respect that this team deserves from the coaches in the state poll,” Perkins said last Thursday. “After taking a set from Hartley and beating Bloom-Carroll, hopefully they will finally take notice of Circleville volleyball and realize that we play some pretty good volleyball.”
Bloom-Carroll (13-2), which is currently tied with Circleville for first in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division with six league matches remaining, comes in ranked 14th, moving up one spot from last week despite losing to the Tigers in a four-set thriller. The Bulldogs had previously swept the Tigers, who were without the service of setter Maggie Gibson, late last month.
Bishop Hartley (14-1), who handed Circleville its other loss of the season in the Tigers’ annual invitational, remains ranked first.
The Hawks lost their first match of the season last Thursday 25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 22-25 and 9-15 to Central Catholic League rival Bishop Watterson.
Entering that match, the Hawks had dropped just three sets all season, with one of those coming against the Tigers.
Circleville returns to action on Tuesday at Fairfield Union.