In her fourth season as the Marysville High School volleyball coach, Leslie Boey helped the Monarchs reach some lofty milestones.

In her fourth season as the Marysville High School volleyball coach, Leslie Boey helped the Monarchs reach some lofty milestones.

Marysville qualified for a Division I regional semifinal match against Cincinnati Ursuline before losing 25-3, 25-16, 25-9 to finish 22-5. In the district final, Marysville beat Watterson 20-15, 15-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-12 for the program's first district championship. In the OCC-Cardinal Division, Marysville finished second at 10-4 behind Olentangy at 13-1.

Yet for all the success last season netted, Boey has noticed a different mindset as Marysville opened her fifth season last Saturday.

"A lot of kids are looking at it like that was a different team," Boey said. "We should be riding the confidence and realize that there are still some players from that team on this team. So many of them disassociated from that team saying last year was last year and this year is this year."

The Monarchs have four letterwinners back in seniors Shelby Allmon (libero), Mackenzie Fordyce (outside hitter) and Alyssa Iden (defensive specialist) and junior Jennifer Jordan (outside hitter).

"Defensively, it helps having our libero back," Boey said. "Shelby is a lot more experienced. She's reading the floor a lot better and is able to anticipate better."

Allmon is in her second season on varsity. As a rookie last season, she conceded numerous defensive balls to graduate Hannah McShea.

"Shelby is getting to a lot of balls she didn't last year," Boey said. "I see her stepping up a little bit. Last year she depended upon Hannah getting most stuff defensively. Now that we don't have Hannah, Shelby's realized she has to pick up the slack."

McShea was one of five players Marysville graduated. On Sept. 30, in a 25-18, 25-21, 25-13 win over Westerville South, McShea recorded her 1,000th career kill.

Also expected to contribute are seniors Chelsea Burns (outside hitter), Jessica Haas (middle hitter) and Paige Thompson (right front hitter), junior Halie House (setter) and sophomores Ally Ratliff (setter) and Janelle Yunker (middle hitter).

"A lot of our success was from our team chemistry last year," Iden said. "We treated each other equally. We had a lot of fun doing it, too. It was easier to get that far because we were having fun.

"There's a lot of different girls here now. We're getting adjusted to each other. I still think we're going to have a lot of fun this year."

With the new lineup, Boey is changing her offensive system to a 6-2 instead of a 5-1.

"I haven't done it with this varsity program since I've been a head coach," Boey said. "We have a lot of size this year and I want to take advantage of that. In the other extreme, neither of my setters are tall so I don't want to run a 5-1. I don't want the competition to hit over my setters."

In a 6-2, a setter always plays the back row. In the rotation, when the setter gets to the front, she is substituted for a hitter. On the opposite side, a hitter is substituted for a setter. That way, the setter always plays the back row and it allows Marysville three hitters in the front at all times.

In a 5-1, a setter rotates all the way around the court. If a setter lacks size and she is in the front row, it is a perceived weakness. Opponents now have an open spot where a shorter setter cannot effectively block at the net.

"I don't think most of the girls have played with that before," Iden said. "It's different getting used to playing next to new people."

Despite the number of seniors, Marysville is lacking some leadership, which was a trait held by McShea.

"I can't force leadership on anyone," Boey said. "I've encouraged to talk to some kids about stepping up, but it also has to come from within."