During a recent preseason practice, the Ready High School girls volleyball team took time write down some of the things it wanted to accomplish over the next couple months.

During a recent preseason practice, the Ready High School girls volleyball team took time write down some of the things it wanted to accomplish over the next couple months.

It's part of what coach Mike Kusan calls writing down a blueprint for a championship season.

"We do a lot of goal setting as individuals and as a team," said Kusan, who enters his fourth season as coach. "We dream big and we write it down. Right now they all pretty much know what they're doing and we've only been practicing (for a couple weeks)."

Coming off a Division III district championship in 2008 and a district runner-up finish last fall, the Silver Knights again are thinking big.

They will be led by one of the area's most talented and tallest players in 6-foot-3 senior Erin Sekinger (outside hitter/middle hitter), who has verbally committed to play for Ohio State. She was first-team all-CCL and first-team all-district last year.

Back for her third season as a starter will be one of Kusan's daughters, senior Lindsey Kusan, who is moving to libero after being a right-side hitter last year.

The other seniors are Katie Leppert (middle hitter) and Kelly Veeley (defensive specialist).

Junior Katie Weilbacher (second-team all-CCL last year) and sophomore Karley Kusan, who is another of the coach's daughters, each will be setters in a 6-2 offense. Also back are juniors are Leah Caldwell (middle hitter), Kristin Gantz (front row) and Carleigh Green (outside hitter, honorable mention all-district). Sophomore Carly Culbertson (outside hitter) also should contribute.

Although Ready doesn't have any other players with significant height outside of Sekinger according to coach Kusan, he believes his team will have more speed to take advantage of than in past seasons.

Last fall, Ready set a school record for wins. It went 21-4 overall and was second at 8-2 in the CCL behind Hartley (9-1) and ahead of Watterson (7-3), DeSales (4-6), Worthington Christian (2-8) and Columbus School for Girls (0-10).

The Silver Knights lost to Elgin (25-19, 28-26, 19-25, 25-20) in a district final.

Hartley advanced to a Division II state semifinal last season.

"We have a lot of girls who play for national club teams and a lot of girls who play only volleyball, so their focus is 100 percent better at this time of year," coach Kusan said. "Hartley is definitely the team to beat (in the CCL) after they beat us three times this summer, and Watterson and DeSales should be improved."

Coming off a season in which it improved by four victories and advanced to a Division II district semifinal for the first time, the girls soccer team has similar hopes of continuing its program growth.

If the Silver Knights take another step forward this fall, however, they will do so with a roster of just 15 players and no seniors.

Ready has four returning juniors in Ciara Carr (forward), Taylor Cutteridge (defender), Lauren Graessle (goalkeeper) and Marisa Ross (outside midfielder). It also has three sophomores back in Donovan Capehart (midfielder), Hailey Cartt (defender) and Brooke Ringel (sweeper).

With so few returning players, each of the team's eight freshmen should play key roles. Caroline Riewe should make an immediate impact at forward or midfielder. The other ninth-graders are Jordan Bair, Maddy Bowen, Kelley Garrison, Alex Legue, Ashley Paris, Katie Preston and Marina Sweet.

"They're a great group of girls," said Elise Berry, who is in her third season as coach. "Taylor, Hailey, Brooke and Lauren all played on my defense last year, and Ciara and Donovan would be offensive threats for any team. I've stacked the schedule this year with the thinking that we're kind of on a two-year plan to go far in the playoffs either this year or next year."

Ready, which plays host to 2009 Division II state runner-up Bexley on Tuesday, went 10-4-4 overall and 2-2-1 to place third in the CCL last season. Watterson won the league at 5-0 and DeSales (4-1) was second, while Worthington Christian (1-2-2), Hartley (1-3-1) and CSG (0-5) rounded out the standings.

The Silver Knights were seeded third for the district tournament and beat Liberty Union (5-0) and Fisher Catholic (2-0) before falling to second-seeded Jonathan Alder (3-2) in a district semifinal.

Jessie Eramo, Paige Hamilton, Val Lemery, Heather Manning and Liz Mercer were lost to graduation. Capehart, Carr and Eramo were first-team all-CCL and Graessle and Manning made the second team. Eramo was first-team all-district after finishing with 18 goals and Capehart (second team) and Carr (third team) also were honored at the district level.

Schedules

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Aug. 28 at New Albany

Aug. 31 vs. Grandview

Sept. 4 at Bloom-Carroll

*Sept. 9 at Hartley

Sept. 11 vs. Amanda-Clearcreek

*Sept. 14 vs. DeSales

*Sept. 16 at CSG

Sept. 18 at Hilliard Darby

*Sept. 21 at Watterson

Sept. 23 at Jonathan Alder

Sept. 25 at Albany Alexander

*Sept. 28 vs. Hartley

*Sept. 30 at DeSales

Oct. 2 vs. Grove City

*Oct. 5 vs. CSG

*Oct. 7 vs. Watterson

Oct. 9 at Marion Pleasant

Oct. 11 at Fredericktown

Oct. 16 at Panther Invitational

GIRLS SOCCER

Aug. 26 at Wellington

Aug. 31 vs. Bexley

Sept. 4 vs. Fisher Catholic

*Sept. 9 at DeSales

*Sept. 14 at Watterson

Sept. 16 vs. Newark

Sept. 18 vs. Worthington Christian

*Sept. 21 vs. Columbus School for Girls

Sept. 23 at Dublin Scioto

Sept. 25 vs. Grandview

*Sept. 28 vs. Hartley

Sept. 30 at Jonathan Alder

Oct. 2 at Fairbanks

Oct. 5 vs. Centennial

Oct. 7 vs. Grove City

Oct. 9 vs. Westland

*CCL contest

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Ready boys and girls cross country, football, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Wednesday Boys, girls: Competed at New Albany Invitational in opener

Saturday Boys, girls: At Newark Catholic Invitational

Wednesday At Canal Winchester

FOOTBALL

Friday At Franklin Heights in opener. In the last meeting between the teams in 2008, Ready beat the Falcons 47-0.

GOLF

Aug. 10 Defeated Westland 175-202 at Oakhurst in opener

*Aug. 18 Finished fourth (353) in six-team CCL preseason Invitational at Medallion behind champion St. Charles (291)

Last Friday Finished ninth (362) in 12-team Warrior Invitational at Medallion behind champion Mount Vernon (302)

Today Watterson at TBA

Monday Tree of Life at Champions

Tuesday Hartley and Worthington Christian at TBA

BOYS SOCCER

Saturday Home vs. Johnstown in opener

Tuesday At Liberty Union

GIRLS SOCCER

Today At Wellington in opener

Tuesday Home vs. Bexley

GIRLS TENNIS

Aug. 17 Lost to Grove City 5-0 in opener

Last Wednesday Played Jonathan Alder

Today Home vs. Canal Winchester

Saturday At Franklin Heights Tournament

Wednesday Home vs. Bloom-Carroll

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Saturday At New Albany in opener

Tuesday Home vs. Grandview

*CCL contest