Westerville Central High School girls volleyball coach Shaun Servick knows the score when it comes to his team's matchup against Westerville North on Thursday, Sept. 1, on the second night of OCC-Cardinal Division play for both teams.

Westerville Central High School girls volleyball coach Shaun Servick knows the score when it comes to his team's matchup against Westerville North on Thursday, Sept. 1, on the second night of OCC-Cardinal Division play for both teams.

"They've got a new coach, they're really hungry and nobody wants to beat us more than Westerville North," Servick said.

Both the Warriors and Warhawks plan to contend for the league championship.

A year ago, Olentangy Liberty won the OCC-Cardinal title at 13-1, finishing ahead of Central (12-2), North (11-3), Olentangy (7-7), Dublin Scioto (5-9), Dublin Jerome (3-11), Marysville (3-11) and Westerville South (2-12).

Last season, Central won both league matches against North.

The Warhawks never have earned a championship at either the league or district level, although they were league runners-up in 2004, 2005, 2007 and the past two seasons. They were Division I district runners-up in 2005 as well as last fall, when they finished 17-9 overall.

This season, Central has just two seniors in Erin Cisneros (libero) and Hannah Hetterscheidt (defensive specialist). Cisneros is the program's all-time leader in digs and was special mention all-league last season.

Juniors Adrienne Agee (outside hitter), Haley Kindall (middle hitter), Jayla McCrary (middle hitter) and Megan Mills (setter/right-side hitter) all are key returnees. Agee was second-team all-league.

Sophomore Kelly Piper will be the other setter along with Mills in a 6-2 offense. Junior Mikaela Hardiman will split time between middle and right-side hitter.

Others on the team include juniors Emma Ivanauska and Brooklyn Zalokar and sophomore Maddie Cline.

McCrary and Zalokar are the team's tallest players at 6 feet, while Agee and Kindall both are 5-10.

Last season in the district tournament, the 12th-seeded Warhawks defeated Whetstone 25-9, 25-9, 25-6, Gahanna 25-21, 25-20, 25-12 and Newark 25-21, 26-24, 25-23 before losing to Dublin Coffman 25-10, 25-10, 25-13 in a district final. Central lost first-team all-league players Trisha Clark and Kelley Plas to graduation. Senior Lindsey Bruce, who was honorable mention all-league, moved to the Phillipines.

"We've had the best record in the OCC-Cardinal the last three years but have not won any titles," said Servick, who is in his fourth season as coach. "Liberty lost a good amount to graduation, but I don't expect them to fall too far. Olentangy is having a big rebirth and they're going to be explosive."

North has a new coach in Maggie Stern after Aaron Hastings stepped down after his third season to be the coordinator for Ohio State's women's volleyball team.

The Warriors went 19-6 overall a year ago.

Stern is a 1999 Hilliard Darby graduate who played collegiately at Tennessee Tech. She then served one season as North's freshman coach before coaching the Warriors' junior varsity the past six seasons.

She'll have nine seniors on her first varsity team, including Kristin Bovenizer (defensive specialist), Kelsie Gessner (defensive specialist), Sara Marzola (setter), Madeline Roseberry (outside hitter) and Ellie Vosler (right-side hitter). All five were key players as juniors last season.

The other seniors are Olivia Hubble (defensive specialist), Anneke Price (middle hitter), Amber Salsburey (right-side hitter/middle hitter) and Alex Sciore (defensive specialist).

Rounding out the roster are juniors Lindsay Miller (outside hitter), Jenna Nichols (middle hitter) and Madison Sparks (outside hitter).

Price and Salsburey each are 6-0.

Last season, the seventh-seeded Warriors beat Columbus West 25-11, 25-10, 25-11 and Westland 25-10, 25-13, 25-18 in the district tournament before falling to fifth-seeded Thomas Worthington 26-24, 25-20, 25-21 in a district semifinal.

Jordan Fenner and Caitlin Kusan, both of whom made first-team all-league last season, were among six players lost to graduation.

"We're just a very disciplined program, and we want to continue what we've started," Stern said.

"Our goal is definitely to win the OCC, first and foremost, and we'll see where the postseason takes us. I look for our strengths to be ball control and serving tough. I want us to just be really scrappy."

South believes it can take another step forward after winning one more match a year ago than it did in 2009.

Heather Kearnes, who is back for her second season as coach, has five seniors in Taylor Alexander (setter), Julie Bates (outside hitter), Tiffany Baur (defensive specialist), Anna Hays (middle hitter) and Rylee Holman (middle hitter).

Junior Jenna Rano (defensive specialist) also returns.

Rounding out the roster are juniors April Cunningham (middle hitter), Kristina Doone (defensive specialist), Leah Ross (setter), Abbey Saddler (defensive specialist) and Kaylynn Stanton (middle hitter) and sophomore Madison Russell (outside hitter).

Last season, the Wildcats went 3-20 overall and won an OCC match for the first time since 2007. They beat Marysville 25-17, 25-27, 17-25, 25-18, 15-13 and Dublin Scioto 26-24, 23-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-13 in league action as well as non-league Reynoldsburg 25-19, 25-16.

After having a first-round bye for the district tournament, South lost to Pickerington North 25-7, 25-12, 25-20 in a second-round match.

The Wildcats lost Sarah Bielby (honorable mention all-league), Breyona Colley (special mention all-league) and Stasia Levakis (OCC scholar-athlete) to graduation.

South opened Aug. 27 with a 25-12, 25-18, 22-25, 25-14 loss to Worthington Kilbourne and began league play Aug. 30 at Central.

"We're finally in a rhythm now where we've got some standards set," Kearnes said. "We've improved tremendously from last year. We've got a great group of seniors, so the leadership is there. They know what the expectations are and we've improved a lot on offense. Things are going very well."