Volleyball ends season

Written by: Ellie Harris, opinion editor

Junior Lydia Jones and senior Mia Long

junior Lydia Jones and senior Mia Long

Photo by: Laura Hall

The New Palestine volleyball team wrapped up a successful season with its second consecutive sectional title.

The Dragons went 27-7 and won their second straight sectional title. The team became the first to win a 4A sectional title and the first to win back-to-back sectionals.

“We had another historic season this year,” coach Kelli Whitaker said. “We are the first team to have back to back sectional championships in volleyball and the first team to win a 4A sectional championship,” Volleyball coach Kelli Whitaker said.

The team won the Greenwood, Richmond and New Palestine Invitationals, but lost against Lawrence North in the regional.

“We didn’t make it as far as we wanted to, but I think even though we didn’t win the regional championship, we beat a lot of teams we didn’t think we could,” Junior Lydia Jones said.

Coach Whitaker is not discouraged, and is still pleased with how the team did this season.

“I am so proud of the girls for all of our accomplishments this year,” Whitaker said. “Winning sectionals is definitely a goal for us every year. Our sectional was very tough,”

A notable aspect of the team is that a large part of the varsity squad is made up of seniors, including four-year starters Allison Dennemann and Mia long. This means that the team will be very different next year, and it can be hard for some teams to bounce back after such a drastic change.

“Our seniors have been a huge part of our success. Allison and Mia have been so dynamic for us on the outside, we are going to have to adjust how we score,” Coach Whitaker said.

The players are prepared to take the responsibility necessary for the team to match this season, though.

“We are losing a lot of key players this year, but it just means that a lot of people will have to step up,” Jones said.

One of the players expected to adopt a leadership position next year is Jones herself.

“Lydia Jones will be a key part of our offense next year. We are still going to be very competitive and our goal will be to win sectionals again.” Coach Whitaker said.

Jones is more than prepared for the task.

“I think the pressure is just going to motivate me to do better and it just makes me want what’s best for my team. So it’s not really stressful pressure, it’s more that I want to do the best that I can.”

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