The Groveport Madison High School girls volleyball team has an experienced roster and a familiar new coach.

The Groveport Madison High School girls volleyball team has an experienced roster and a familiar new coach.

Matthew White, who guided the Cruisers for three seasons from 2008-10, has returned to the program. He replaces Brooke Incorvaia, who coached Groveport the past two seasons, compiling a 9-37 record.

"The new coaching staff has high expectations and the girls are working hard to achieve these goals," said White, who coached Franklin Heights in 2011 and '12. "We want to be consistently playing at a high level. Every day we see improvements."

Groveport finished 2-21 overall last season, losing to Hilliard Davidson 25-6, 25-10, 25-16 in the first round of the Division I district tournament, and went 1-13 in the OCC-Ohio Division to tie Reynoldsburg for seventh behind champion Grove City (13-1).

The Cruisers' victories came against Reynoldsburg (25-19, 19-25, 26-24, 25-19) and Columbus South (25-7, 25-15, 25-10).

Groveport matched its win total from a year ago Aug. 22 by defeating Briggs 25-18, 25-18 and host Whitehall 25-17, 25-13 in its first two matches. The Cruisers, who played Columbus Academy on Aug. 25, begin their OCC-Ohio schedule Thursday, Aug. 27, at home against Gahanna.

"Our strength lies in the experience and leadership of our upperclassmen," White said. "The dedication the varsity players have shown throughout the summer months has really paid off and allowed the girls to bond."

The Cruisers have seven returnees in seniors Aireanna Adelsberger (setter), Maiya Beane (outside hitter) and Jada Mason (right-side hitter), juniors Katraya Dansby (defensive specialist), Imani Johnson (middle blocker) and Kendra Soler (outside hitter) and sophomore Carsyn Saunders (libero).

"Jada Mason and Kendra Soler are both tough, hard-working players who suffered season-ending ACL injuries last year," White said. "Carsyn Saunders and Katraya Dansby return to anchor the defense in the back row.

"Aireanna Adelsberger, who was called up to varsity late last season, returns to the role of setter to run the offense and Maiya Beane has been working all summer to transition from right-side hitter to an outside hitter. It will be up to Maiya and Kendra Soler to spark the offense."

Also on the roster is junior middle blocker Jasmine Merz.

Among the four players lost to graduation were middle hitter Amanda Arrowood and outside hitter Shianne Curry. Arrowood was named special mention all-league last year and Curry was honorable mention all-league.

"Our goals are to improve on our record from last season and aim to hang a banner in our gym," White said. "We've got five starters and seven letterwinners back. We need to eliminate unforced errors, make good decisions that allow the team to compete on every point and, above all else, have fun."