Some families can't stand each other. The Kirk family can't get enough.

Some families can't stand each other. The Kirk family can't get enough.

Nate Kirk is the coach of the Gahanna Christian Academy volleyball team and his wife Anna is an assistant.

Plus, their daughters, Alissa and Sara, are on the team.

"It's what makes it work for us because we can do it all as a family," Anna said. "We're at practice together, we're at games together, we're traveling together. Otherwise, we'd be going every which direction and never really get a chance to be together. It works for us. It works well."

Alissa is a senior captain and outside hitter. She entered the week as the team leader in kills with 138 and digs with 109. She was introduced to the sport in sixth grade at the North Columbus YMCA.

"At first I was scared about how it would go just because it was kind of weird to be coached by your dad, but I like it," said Alissa, who was named first-team all-MOCAL and honorable mention all-district last year.

Sara, a sophomore setter, began playing volleyball for the middle school team at Gahanna Christian in seventh grade. She saw time on varsity last season and leads the team in aces with 46.

"I've learned a lot," Sara said. "I'm not shy to ask them a question. I'm not scared if I mess up. It's good because they're my parents, so they can help me."

The Kirks' youngest daughter, Jenna, has shown promise as a seventh grader on the middle school team. And their oldest daughter, Kayla, is a sophomore at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas.

"We're a very close-knit family," Nate said. "We pretty much do everything together. It carries over to the volleyball court. That's one of the reasons we went into coaching is to be involved with the kids."

Gahanna Christian entered its match last Tuesday against Fairfield Christian at 8-3 overall and 2-2 in the MOCAL.

After beginning the season 0-2 in the conference, the Eagles swept Grove City Christian on Sept. 15 and Delaware Christian on Sept. 17 to even their record.

"I'm real happy with the team," Nate Kirk said. "We're playing together more as a team and we're getting some more attack off the front row than we have been."

The Eagles will continue a stretch of six consecutive home matches when they oppose Tree of Life today. Gahanna Christian fell to the Trojans 25-18, 25-17, 18-25, 25-20 on Sept. 1.

Senior middle-hitter Deborah Tadesse continues to be a solid contributor and is second on team in kills with 60 and digs with 73. Freshman setter and outside hitter Christina Grubich is second on the team in aces with 40.

"There's not really any internal fighting," Alissa said. "We all get together a lot. We're working as a team really well."