In terms of high school girls volleyball, there’s a good deal of change surrounding the Tri-City Athletic League.

Half the teams in the league have new coaches. A number of young, up-and-coming stars have moved into the mix. Team veterans have stepped into vacant captain’s roles.

There are constants, though. If the pre-league season has been any indication, Tracy and St. Mary’s may once again battle it out for the TCAL crown.

The soft open to league play starts today, with Lincoln hosting Lodi. The rest of league begins Monday, and the Bulldogs and Rams are the early frontrunners.

The teams had identical 8-2 records in TCAL play in 2017, and both have had solid starts to the season. Tracy is 12-3 and led by senior Cassie Corbett (81 kills), junior Briahna Garcia (61 digs) and junior Teia Magaoay (125 assists).

The Bulldogs also have a new head coach in Cat Ebojo-Vaughns. Even in her first year at the helm, Ebojo-Vaughns seemed confident in what TCAL would come down to.

“The road to a championship is going to go through St. Mary’s. We’re appreciative of that, and it is a focus of ours,” Ebojo-Vaughns said. “But at the end of the day, we have to focus on what need to do. We can’t worry about what’s on the other side of the net.”

The Rams, for all intents and purposes, are what’s on the other side. And for most of the league, they're going to be tough. Juniors Emma Miller and Anya Green lead the team in kills with 134 and 104, respectively. Junior Chloe Buatista has 162 digs and sophomore Allison Eberhardt has 247 assists.

With its young roster, St. Mary’s is 17-1 on the year, even as head coach Jayne McHugh said that youth was one of the concerns going into the season. The talent was - and is - there, but the Rams needed the experience, the time to learn not how to play perfect volleyball, but how to play wininng volleyball.

“Knowing how to win, and winning, is important early in the season, and they’re figuring it out,” McHugh said. “If we keep working hard, we could end up being really good.”

Here’s a look at the rest of the teams in TCAL as league play begins today.

WEST (28-11, 6-4 TCAL in 2017)

The Wolfpack had a stellar 2017 campaign, finishing third in TCAL play.

Shkinah Tindlsey, The Record’s reigning Girl’s Volleyball Player of the Year, is back for her senior season after leading the team in blocks and tallying the second-most kills.

West is 13-7 so far this season, and will play at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Mary’s to begin this year’s league schedule.

LINCOLN (23-8, 6-4 TCAL)

The Trojans have a new coach in Tom Nelson, and a 2-1 overall record according to MaxPreps.

They’ll take part in tonight’s TCAL-opening match, hosting a Lodi team that was 9-8 as of Thursday.

LODI (15-15, 2-8 TCAL)

The Flames are one of three TCAL teams with a new coach for the 2018 season as Kalani Vaughns, the daughter of Tracy’s first-year head coach Cat Ebojo-Vaughns, takes over.

Lodi has a 9-8 overall mark in the regular season, and takes on West in today’s initial league opener.

TOKAY (11-22, 0-10 TCAL)

Tokay didn’t get a win in league play last season, but some added experience may benefit the Tigers’ young roster.

Junior Kayly Pau led the team in kills (345), aces (70) and blocks (53) in 2017. Grace Polhemus, the team’s leader in digs (585) as a freshman, and senior Natalie Polhemus returns as the team’s leader in assists (488).

Tokay (8-10) starts league at 6 p.m. Monday vs. Tracy at home.