Norwalk (24-2) has advanced to the regional tournament for the first time since 2004.
“It’s definitely a good feeling,’’ senior captain Oakley Shane said. “We couldn’t take anything for granted. Reaching the regionals has been one of our goals.’’
It’s not that Norwalk hasn’t tried in the past.
Madison stood in the way three times, including last season.
But Norwalk kept its eye on the prize in 2012.
Norwalk downed Shelby and Willard 3-0 in the district tournament at Seneca East.
Now, Norwalk will face Amanda-Clearcreek (19-5) in the 6 p.m. Wednesday regional semifinal at Ontario High School.
“We’re excited for the girls and proud of them,’’ Norwalk coach Angie Kalizewski said. “Now, it’s time to get back to business.’’
Amanda-Cleark beat Sunbury Big Walnut 3-1, the 20th ranked team in Division II and Newark Licking Valley 3-0 to reach the regional.
The team is embarking on a new venture, hoping to move on further in the postseason.
Read more in Tuesday's Norwalk Reflector and Sandusky Register.