C.J. Wulf has been impressive. So much so that second-year Licking Heights High School girls volleyball coach Amanda Trenkamp has redesigned the offense with her in mind.

C.J. Wulf has been impressive. So much so that second-year Licking Heights High School girls volleyball coach Amanda Trenkamp has redesigned the offense with her in mind.

Wulf, a 5-foot-7 freshman, and sophomore Misty Barnett are the setters in the new 6-2 offense. However, this isn't the tallest of teams.

"Misty is only 5-4 so this allows us to keep more height in the front row," she said. "They're both young, and we can use them interchangeably. We think it'll be a good move."

The Hornets open the season and the MSL-Cardinal Division schedule Thursday against visiting Grandview. They finished with just four wins a year ago as West Jefferson went 14-0 to win the league title and runner-up Fisher Catholic won a Division IV district championship.

The only seniors are Samantha Lott (right-side hitter) and Jessie Kennedy (defensive specialist). So, underclassmen will play a key role.

Junior Kassi Flores, a left-handed hitter, will play on the right side, and junior Brittney McKenna is one of the top passers as the team's libero.

Like Lott, sophomore Michaela Green (outside hitter) played some varsity last season. The starting middle hitters are expected to be Lizzy Daugherty and Grace Cole. Another key will be whether 5-11 junior outside hitter Alex Sandy is able to make a successful return from ankle surgery. Sandy did not play last fall.

Others to look for include juniors Kiley Myers (outside hitter) and Sara Goff (libero) and sophomore Brandi Hunt (defensive specialist).

The Hornets have 13 players on the junior varsity, and Trenkamp hopes she'll be able to field a freshman team next season. A youth league was formed this year.

"We're working on getting the basics down on defense and so forth. We want defense to become second-nature until we're more consistent on offense," said Trenkamp, whose team lost a Division II first-round tournament match a year ago. "Young as we are, we had more to learn last year and we're ahead of where we were then at this point."