After going 1-17 last season, there's not much for the Grove City Christian School girls volleyball team to do but rebuild.

After going 1-17 last season, there's not much for the Grove City Christian School girls volleyball team to do but rebuild.

It's a challenge the Eagles eagerly accept.

"We're trying to get more experience on the court," said third-year coach Lisa Horsley, whose team went 0-12 in the MOCAL last year to finish seventh behind champion Madison Christian (12-0), then had its season end in the first round of the Division IV district tournament with a 25-9, 25-13, 25-13 loss to fourth-seeded Shekinah Christian.

"We're doing a ton of subbing this year, just to get a lot of girls off the bench and in the games to get that experience."

The roster contains seniors Lauren Powell (outside hitter) and Allie Moore (middle hitter), juniors Aricka Clark (middle hitter), Kymber Bocook (setter), Rachel Crawford (outside hitter) and Katy Koenig (libero), sophomores Megan Keating (setter) and Kaitlyn Kennedy (backside hitter) and freshmen Delaney Powell (defensive specialist) and Mariah Koenig (backside hitter).

"Clark is a great athlete and a hard worker," said Horsley, whose team faced Gahanna Christian last Tuesday and will play host to Delaware Christian today, Northside Christian on Saturday and Emmanuel Christian and Xenia Christian on Sept. 4. "She'll be a leader on the court for sure."

Grove City Christian, which opened with a loss to Millersport last Saturday, lost a pair of graduates from last year in Emily Sergent, a two-year starter at setter, and Tabby Pinks, a defensive specialist. Additionally, Deborah Miller, who was honorable mention all-MOCAL and the team Most Valuable Player a year ago, finished her high school courses early and is taking college classes now and will not play.

"All the way around, we're trying to better our record," said Horsley, who added that there are 10 freshmen in the program, with the junior varsity comprised entirely of freshmen. "But most importantly, we're trying to enhance our skills."

•The football team beat Millersport 50-0 last Friday in its opener. It was sweet revenge for Grove City Christian, which lost to the Lakers 56-6 in the program's first game two years ago.

"Our juniors got beat up as freshmen in that game," coach Clyde Lucas said. "We didn't play them last year. We had to go out and make a statement, make a point. Our guys really got after it."

The Eagles had 240 yards rushing and 210 passing. They scored on their second play on a 68-yard run by Jesse Barns, who finished with 139 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries. Chris Bowman passed for 210 yards and two scores.

The defense came up with three turnovers, including a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown by J.T. Thomas.

Grove City Christian will play host Friday to Marion Catholic, which lost its opener to Portsmouth Notre Dame 38-16 last Friday. The Eagles won last year's meeting 24-18.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Grove City Christian soccer, boys and girls cross country and golf teams:


Aug. 21 -- Defeated West Jefferson 4-0

*Last Tuesday -- Played Gahanna Christian

Today -- Home vs. Harvest Prep

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Delaware Christian

Sept. 4 -- At Wellington


Saturday -- At Westerville Classic at Westerville North


Aug. 13 -- Lost to West Jefferson 195-208

Aug. 18 -- Lost to West Jefferson 197-199

*Aug. 19 -- Finished second (209) to Madison Christian (203) and ahead of Tree of Life (229)

Today -- At Fairfield Christian vs. Fairfield Christian and Tree of Life

Saturday -- At Fairfield Christian

*Tuesday -- At Madison Christian

*MOCAL contest