It seems unlikely given that she is a four-year varsity player, but Grace Rubin was late to discover her passion for volleyball.
The senior 5-foot-10 middle hitter for the Grandview Heights girls team didn't start playing the sport until the eighth grade.
Through 14 matches this season, Rubin led the Bobcats with 29 blocks. She also had 68 kills, 44 digs and 28 aces.
"My mom (Vanessa O'Leary) played volleyball for a really long time," Rubin said. "She didn't play in college, but she always wanted me to play. She introduced me to it and from there I really enjoyed it.
"I wasn't the best hitter at the time. I never picked up a volleyball before the eighth grade, so (my coaches) wanted to see what spots I would be good at and what spots they could put me in. They had me playing all over."
That early experience of moving around the court has helped Rubin with the Bobcats. Last fall, she had a team-high 81 kills as an outside hitter.
"When Grace is on, she's unstoppable," said coach Nick Rose, whose team was 9-6 overall before playing Centennial on Sept. 23 and 3-4 in the MSL-Ohio before facing Worthington Christian on Sept. 24. "She's definitely the best blocker on the team.
"She has played several years of club, so her knowledge of the game is there, and she has the ability to translate that to the other players as well. We're working on the quick offense this year, and she's a terminal hitter when she's on."
The Bobcats already have surpassed last season's win total when they finished 6-17. Rubin said much of the success has to do with attitude.
"Coach has taught us to keep a positive attitude, and that's the biggest thing he has pounded into our heads," she said. "If you keep a good attitude, the rest can fall into place.
"I think one big thing is that coach has brought us together as well as us changing our attitudes a little bit from last year. We used to have a big problem with getting down on ourselves, but this year we have been able to bring ourselves back up and we all have come together as a team."
Rubin likes the team aspect of volleyball.
"I like having a lot of friends on the team and we are able to do things together," she said. "We do team-building outside volleyball and that really brings us closer together.
"We're like a little family. When we're on the court, we're able to communicate with each other about where we are supposed to go and what we're supposed to do because we're so close off the court."
Rubin plans to attend Ohio University, but isn't sure if she'll play volleyball in college.
"I will be doing Air Force ROTC, and I will be doing an internship for OhioHealth in computer science," she said. "So I won't have a lot of time. I at least want to continue playing club."
Girls soccer team goes six games without loss
The girls soccer team had gone six games without a loss and was 8-2-1 overall before playing Centennial on Sept. 23.
Maggie Herlihy, Zoey Miller, Carlie Orr and Tia Thomas all scored in a 4-0 win over Wellington on Sept. 18, as the Bobcats improved to 4-1 in the MSL-Ohio. Goalkeeper Addi Holcomb had two saves.
In the six-game stretch, Grandview and Fairbanks tied at 2 on Sept. 16.
Through 11 games, Miller led the Bobcats with 12 goals and Tayler Pierce had eight. Thomas had four and Lindsey Bertani, Maya Burchfield, Riley Lovegrove and Orr all had three.
Day leading boys soccer team
Ross Day led the boys soccer team in scoring through 10 games, helping the Bobcats to records of 4-4-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Bexley on Sept. 25.
Day had 10 goals, followed by Lance Trares with four. Kai Iisaka and Henry Murphy had three apiece.
Ten players had scored for Grandview entering this week.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 28 -- Erin Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club
Oct. 2 -- Division III district tournament at Darby Creek. The top team and top individual not on that team advance to state Oct. 11 and 12 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Sept. 30 -- At Bloom-Carroll
*Oct. 2 -- At Wellington
*Sept. 28 -- Home vs. Zanesville Rosecrans
*Oct. 2 -- Home vs. Columbus School for Girls
Sept. 26 -- At Grove City
Sept. 30 -- Home vs. Canal Win-chester
Oct. 1 -- Home vs. Bloom-Carroll
*Sept. 26 -- At Buckeye Valley. The Bobcats lost to the Barons 25-19, 17-25, 25-12, 22-25, 15-8 on Sept. 3.
Sept. 30 -- Home vs Columbus South
*Oct. 1 -- At Whitehall. The Bobcats defeated the Rams 25-9, 25-19, 25-12 on Sept. 5.