Since becoming a key player for the Westerville Central High School girls volleyball team two seasons ago, senior setter Bailey Line has witnessed how much of a difference communication can make on the court.

Since becoming a key player for the Westerville Central High School girls volleyball team two seasons ago, senior setter Bailey Line has witnessed how much of a difference communication can make on the court.

For Line and several of her teammates, a natural connection makes that ability much easier.

The Warhawks, who have won at least a share of four consecutive OCC-Cardinal Division championships and are in first place in the league with five matches to go, feature two sets of sisters.

Line's sister, junior Savannah Line, is a defensive specialist and libero who has become a key player this season.

Two others who specialize in defense, senior Caroline Ey and sophomore Chloe Ey, are Central's other sister combination.

In addition, junior Abigail Steele's sister, Elisabeth Steele, plays for the freshman team.

"With having two sets of sisters (on varsity), you'd think there'd be some sort of dynamic between them, but all of them root for each other," coach Shaun Servick said. "All four welcome the idea of getting to play with their sister and being on a team like this."

Supporting the volleyball program -- and in the case of the Ey sisters, cheering on all Central sports -- is something that has become important to both sisters' families.

The Ey sisters are the daughters of Marcy Ey, a former volleyball player, and Andy Ey, who has been Central's athletics director since 2003.

Andy Ey hired Servick to be the program's coach in 2008.

"I've always been a volleyball fan, and the girls picked it up when they were young," Andy Ey said. "It's a great sport. (Caroline and Chloe) have been around the program since they were little. They used to shag balls in warmups. ...

"They've both worked at it pretty hard and I'm glad they can contribute to the team. I've got a pretty good working relationship with (Servick). I've known him for a long time and it's not easy coaching the AD's kids. That's why I try to stay as far away as possible."

Central was 13-3 overall and 8-0 in the league before playing Canal Winchester on Sept. 29.

After losing 25-16, 25-16, 25-14 to Dublin Coffman on Aug. 25, the Warhawks won their next five matches before falling to DeSales 25-20, 25-15, 25-18 on Sept. 9. Central's other loss came to Cleveland St. Joseph Academy 25-19, 21-25, 25-14 on Sept. 12 in the Parma Heights Holy Name Invitational.

A year ago, Central was seeded third for the Division I district tournament but lost to fifth-seeded DeSales in a district final. DeSales went on to beat Coffman, the district's top seed, in a regional final.

Bailey Line and Caroline Ey both were key players a year ago while Chloe Ey and Savannah Line saw limited varsity time.

All four, along with Abigail Steele, who also is seeing more playing time than a season ago, have teamed up with senior Maryland recruit Katie Myers to create one of the area's best lineups.

While Caroline Ey is considering attending Ohio University but isn't planning to play college volleyball, Bailey Line has committed to play for Ohio Dominican.

"(Having a sister on the team) just feels normal," Caroline Ey said. "I've been on a team with my sister for as long as I've known and it's nice to see someone that close to you next to you (on the court). I think she's a little more fearless on the court than I am. She goes for everything.

"Having (an athletics director) as my dad is different. Sports have always been a really big part of my life and I get interested in watching sports now. I'll watch a football game or golf because I think it's interesting. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't play sports. It would be so boring."

According to Bailey Line, both she and her sister began playing volleyball in fourth grade and spent some time when they were younger on the same club team.

This is one of the first seasons since about seventh grade, though, that she remembers them being on the same team.

Their father, Jeffrey Line, is the president of the Central volleyball boosters club. Their mother, Karla Line, has helped organize the program's Volley for the Cure event the last three years.

"It's nice being with (my sister) because I know how her head works," Bailey Line said. "My family is very involved. We started (playing volleyball) because some family friends said they loved it, and we all just fell in love with it."

Wildcats beat North for first OCC win

For the first time since the three Westerville schools were placed in the same league in 2008, South earned a victory over North when it beat the Warriors 25-20, 12-25, 26-24, 25-20 on Sept. 22.

The Wildcats were 2-9 overall and 1-7 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Hilliard Bradley on Sept. 29.

They have five league matches remaining, including two that come after the Division I district tournament drawing Oct. 11.

South lost to its next two league opponents, Dublin Scioto (Thursday, Oct. 1) and Hilliard Darby (Tuesday, Oct. 6), during the first round of league play.

Warriors looking to bounce back

After beating Bradley 25-20, 16-25, 17-25, 25-13, 15-7 on Sept. 10 for its first league victory, North lost its next three league matches.

The Warriors were 3-7 overall and 1-7 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Scioto on Sept. 29.

They continue league play Thursday, Oct. 1, at home against Dublin Jerome and play host to Central on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

North had one of its closest losses of the season Sept. 3 when it fell to Jerome 25-12, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22.