Nick Rose is in an unfamiliar situation in his first season coaching the Grandview Heights girls volleyball team.
The Bobcats have a tall lineup, which is unlike what Rose experienced the past three seasons at Cristo Rey, where he led the Cougars to an Ohio Christian Schools Athletics Association state semifinal in 2017.
"They say that you can't coach height," said Rose, who replaced Shelli Sanzo after two seasons. "At Cristo Rey, we had a bunch of 5(-foot)-5 players and (at Grandview) we have two 6-footers and another player that is 5-10."
Two of those tall players, senior middle blocker Grace Rubin (5-10) and sophomore outside hitter Sophia Gerhold (6-0), return from last season, when the Bobcats finished 6-17 overall and 1-7 in the MSL-Ohio Division.
Freshman Chai Dobbs-Euans is a 6-0 middle blocker/outside hitter.
"We're off to such a good start this year, especially compared to last year," Rubin said. "I think our attitudes have changed a lot. We had people who would get down on themselves and they have been able to bring themselves up this year. We have been able to come together as a team because of that."
Last fall, Grandview won just three of its first 12 matches. This season, it swept its first three contests, defeating Whetstone 25-17, 26-24 and Grove City Christian 25-12, 26-24 on Aug. 17 and beating Briggs 25-20, 25-21, 25-15 on Aug. 20.
Grandview then lost to Amanda-Clearcreek 25-21, 25-21, 30-28 on Aug. 22.
The Bobcats return six letterwinners in Gerhold (48 kills last season), Rubin (81 kills), seniors Janey Coplan (opposite hitter/setter; 41 kills, 59 aces, 178 digs) and Leila Meyer (libero; 54 kills, 40 aces, 126 digs), junior Hannah Yochem (outside hitter; 75 kills, 104 digs) and sophomore Taylor Sanzo (setter; 54 aces, 166 digs, 263 assists). Sanzo was honorable mention all-league.
"I would say we have been able to communicate very well together," Coplan said. "We have been able to play not just for ourselves, but for the other people on the team as well."
Rounding out the roster are seniors Karis Brown (middle blocker/opposite hitter) and Lara Kowalcyk (middle blocker) and junior Cassidy Ritchey (defensive specialist).
"They have been able to buy into our system," said Rose, whose team opened MSL-Ohio play Aug. 27 against Columbus Academy. "We have been throwing a lot more advanced stuff at them, and they are picking it up quickly. We have put in a 5-1 offense, and we're running more quick attacks and play-action routes that they hadn't done before.
"We're really excited for the season. We have a solid team, and they deserve to do well."
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 3 -- Grove City Christian at Cooks Creek
Aug. 30 -- Home vs. Ready
*Sept. 4 -- At Whitehall
Aug. 31 -- Home vs. Mansfield Christian
*Sept. 4 -- At Columbus Academy
*Sept. 4 -- At Worthington Christian
*Aug. 29 -- At Worthington Christian
Aug. 31 -- Home vs. Westland
*Sept. 4 -- Home vs. Buckeye Valley