The Worthington Christian High School girls volleyball team has only four returning letterwinners and two seniors among its 11-player roster, but the lack of experience isn't something╩first-year coach Kayla Bolitho views as a negative.

The Worthington Christian High School girls volleyball team has only four returning letterwinners and two seniors among its 11-player roster, but the lack of experience isn't something╩first-year coach Kayla Bolitho views as a negative.

Bolitho, a 2001 graduate of Uhrichsville Claymont, was the junior varsity coach╩in 2006 and took over the varsity program in June for Martha Weygandt, who retired after 17 seasons.

Her No. 1 goal is turning the team into a consistent Division III district tournament contender, and considering Worthington Christian has enough players for a freshman team, she believes the program already is on its way.

"It's been fun," Bolitho said. "The girls are great. We're growing together and we have great numbers. We haven't had a freshman team in at least four years, so we're excited about that, and the coaching staff really gets along well."

Lauren Williams (outside hitter) and Alena Moye (right-side hitter) are the only seniors back from a team that went 13-11 overall and finished fourth at 3-7 behind Watterson (10-0), Hartley (8-2) and Ready (5-5) and ahead of DeSales (2-8) and Columbus School for Girls (2-8) in the CCL last year.

Worthington Christian lost to top-seeded Heath (25-14, 25-23, 25-14) in a district semifinal.

Juniors on the team include Gina Boucouras (outside hitter), Kaley Heath (right-side hitter), Beth Julca (defensive specialist) and Lauren Trainer (defensive specialist), and sophomores include Bethany Homoelle (middle hitter), Caitlyn Kusan (middle hitter), Hope Kusan (libero) and Rachel Meeker. Freshman Hannah Evans will split time at setter along with Meeker.

The Warriors lost four graduates, including outside-hitter Courtney Boggs and Tiffany Ayers. Boggs, now playing for Liberty University, and Ayers were first-team all-CCL.

"What we want to be is a competitive volleyball team," Bolitho said. "We're in a tough league. The CCL is extremely tough and we have a young team, which is good for us to build a program with. We're just trying to get them to play together."

ĽIt's been six years since either the boys or girls cross country teams qualified for the Division III regional.

Considering both teams return their No. 1 runners from last year, coach Adam Heath believes that's a reasonable goal for each.

"It's been good," Heath said. "They all have a lot of athletic ability."

Junior Nathaniel Beum is back after finishing 41st (19 minutes,16.71 seconds) at the district 2 meet╩as the boys team was 10th (274) behind champion Mount Gilead (31).

Junior Tim Webb usually was one of the team's top four last year and also is back. Juniors Luke Condon and Daniel Jeong and freshmen Tommy Bohrer, Alec Brunner and Michael Stomps are others expected to be among the top seven.

The girls team was sixth (150) in district 1 last year╩behind champion Newark Catholic (48) and returns its top district finisher in junior Ashleigh Bennett, who took 15th (21:17.64) to advance to the regional. She then╩was 45th (21:49) as the top 16 qualified for state.

Senior Christy Watterson, who was 28th (22:18.7) at the district meet, is out with a knee injury and could be gone throughout the regular season.

Senior Rebecca Albright, who was the Warriors' third finisher (33rd, 22:56.99) at district, also is back. Others on the team include seniors Leah Schroepfer and Renae Vagnier, junior Emily Bowersox and freshmen Moriah Efries and Sarah Morford.

At the CCL meet last year, the girls finished last (137) behind Hartley (43), DeSales (61), CSG (71), Watterson (100) and Ready (105). The boys were sixth (173), behind St. Charles (22), DeSales (52), Hartley (81), Watterson (82) and Ready (135).

"We have some kids who are involved in some international activities over the summer so it's hard to say what kind of shape they'll be in for racing, but they look strong," Heath said.

Caitlyn Kusan, a sophomore middle hitter, and the girls volleyball team will play Saturday at Madison Plains.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Worthington Christian boys and girls cross country, boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Saturday -- At Westerville Classic at North

GOLF

Aug. 19 -- Finished last (389) in 12-team Warrior-Stallion Invitational at Medallion behind champion Dublin Jerome (289)

*Aug. 21 -- Lost to Hartley 165-167 at Glen Ross

*Last Tuesday -- Played Watterson

*Today -- At Ready

*Tuesday -- At Hartley

BOYS SOCCER

Last Monday -- Def. Wellington 2-1

Today -- At New Albany

Saturday -- At Cincinnati Summit Country Day

*Tuesday -- At St. Charles

GIRLS SOCCER

Aug. 21 -- Def. Northland 7-0 in opener

Last Saturday -- Lost to Bexley 6-0

Last Tuesday -- Played Granville

Saturday -- At Grandview

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Columbus School for Girls

TENNIS

Aug. 19 -- Lost to Bexley 4-1

Aug. 21 -- Lost to Pickerington North 5-0

Last Monday -- Lost to Village Academy 3-2

Last Tuesday -- Played CSG

Today -- At Upper Arlington

Tuesday -- Home vs. Whitehall

VOLLEYBALL

Last Tuesday -- Played Grandview

Saturday -- At Madison Plains

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Watterson

*CCL contest