Like several others in the area, the Granville High School girls volleyball team is going to be taking advantage of a new rule.

Like several others in the area, the Granville High School girls volleyball team is going to be taking advantage of a new rule.

"(Junior-varsity) kids can play five games in a night now instead of three," coach Sue Harrison said of the change made by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. "So even if they play three with the j.v., which plays a best-of-three series, they can still play two with us."

That should help the Blue Aces, who could have as many as seven players swinging between the two teams after finishing 10-14 overall a year ago and 6-8 in the MSL-Ohio Division won by Newark Catholic (14-0). They graduated all-MSL setter Amanda Barker in addition to outside hitter Marie Mock and libero Kira Severyn. Moreover, at least one other player opted not to return and senior Maddy Bartlett moved to Texas.

"It's a typical Granville team," said Harrison, whose Blue Aces open Tuesday against visiting Bloom-Carroll before playing their first league game on Thursday at Licking Valley. "We don't have a lot of height, and we need to get a lot out of the players we have on varsity."

Seniors Natalie Hickman (middle hitter) and Courtney Moyer (outside hitter) and junior Maddie Hoprich (defensive specialist) are the returnees. Hickman is 5-foot-11 and should be a force in the middle, and Hoprich will be the new libero.

Stepping in at setter in the 5-1 formation is junior Katie Richardson. Others to look for are sophomore outside hitters Logan Holthaus and Taylor Tackett. Jessica Hansell will play opposite Hickman in the middle.

"Katie looks real good so far," Harrison said. "My j.v. coach (Ashley Phillips) was a setter, and she's helping Katie get better every day. I'd like to see how good she could be if we start getting our passes to her."

That being said, Harrison likes at least one aspect of her new team.

"They're a hard-working group. I can definitely say that," she said. "They're very coachable, too.

"It's just that we're going to be real young so it might take us some time to develop to the point we need to be at."