Chelsea Meyers has enjoyed her new view of the Worthington Christian girls volleyball team so far.
The eighth-grade coach at the school last year in addition to being a former club coach, Meyers has taken over as head coach of a Warriors team that went 8-14 a year ago in its third and final season under former coach Lorraine Smith.
Under Meyers, who also is in her third year as an administrative assistant at Worthington Christian, the Warriors were 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Ohio Division before facing Bexley on Sept. 3.
Meyers is assisted by Jamie Genzman, who played at Capital University.
"Now that I'm coaching varsity, it'll be fun to see my players throughout the day at school," said Meyers, who played for Bryan College and previously coached with the Buckeye Volleyball Club. "I believe the start of our season has gone well so far. My assistant coach and I have very high expectations for the girls this year because we believe this team has a ton of potential."
Senior middle hitter Jenna Kray led the Warriors in kills last year with 183 and had 38 kills through five matches this season. Senior outside hitter Maddie Patrick also had 38 kills through five matches.
Senior Isabelle Gilham (right-side hitter), juniors Claire Dalton (defensive specialist), Libby Dalton (setter), Alyssa Frumkin (middle hitter) and Mary Lake (outside hitter) and freshmen Liv Fenstermaker (libero) and Abby Urbancic (defensive specialist) are other key players.
Senior Gabi Burford provides depth at setter.
"Since we only have 10 on varsity, we are able to have everyone on our roster play every game," Meyers said. "We have strong players in every position on the court. We still have a long way to go to get them to where we want them to be, but it's been exciting to see a few glimpses of that this early in the season."
Cross country teams have big senior group
The boys cross country team lost its top runner from a season ago in two-time state qualifier Taylor Vallangeon, but the Warriors have a more experienced look overall this season.
Vallangeon, a 2019 graduate, is now competing for Olivet Nazarene after finishing 25th at the Division III state meet as a junior and ninth (16 minutes, 52.8 seconds) at state last season.
"Things have been coming together pretty well," said second-year coach Mike Vallangeon, Taylor's father. "We have our largest class of seniors in quite some time. Their leadership is providing a good example and they know the expectations of the program."
The rest of the Warriors' top-seven runners from a year ago have returned.
On Aug. 31 in the Westerville North Classic, the Warriors finished last (203 points) of seven teams in the Division II-III race behind champion Heath (39) as junior Noah St. John led with a 37th-place finish (18:59.28).
St. John is a first-year competitor, while seniors Peter Tsibouris and Turner Burns, junior Mackay Lykens and sophomores Jonathan Sanders and Sam Spires are returnees.
Others looking to contribute include senior Harrison Godorhazy, junior Josh Jeyandran and sophomores Jonah Dean, Will Muskopf, Sam O'Roark, Leon Ren, Synjin Sharp and Andre Thompson.
The girls team finished last (141) of six teams in the Division II-III race of the North Classic behind champion Jonathan Alder (34) as freshman Zoe Ward led with a 16th-place finish (21:44.15).
Senior Maddie Patrick is competing in cross country in addition to playing volleyball.
Also on the team are seniors Reagan Bowen, Joy Pitzer, Maddy Skidmore and Katherine Todd and sophomores Mia Godorhazy and Morgan Lawrence.
"Our girls team has lots of experience and is made up of primarily senior runners," coach Vallangeon said. "I would expect Maddie Patrick, Maddy Skidmore and Joy Pitzer to have good senior seasons. Zoe Ward has had an impressive fall.
"I'm excited to see how our guys will compete as the season progresses. With good runners at the top and a competitive group wanting to be better runners, our guys team could grow significantly. Our girls team has seasoned runners who will do well this year if we can avoid injuries."
Below are the coming schedules for the Worthington Christian cross country, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 7 -- McGowan Invitational at Watkins Memorial
Sept. 7 -- Worthington Christian Invitational at Turnberry
Sept. 10 -- Ready at Hickory Hills
Sept. 5 -- Buckeye Valley at Blackhawk
Sept. 7 -- Home vs. Olentangy Berlin
*Sept. 11 -- At Bexley
Sept. 11 -- Home vs. Zanesville Rosecrans
*Sept. 5 -- At Bexley
Sept. 9 -- At Westerville Central
Sept. 10 -- Home vs. Big Walnut
Sept. 5 -- Home vs. Delaware Christian
Sept. 9 -- At Westland
Sept. 10 -- Home vs. Buckeye Valley