Brynn Roy hadn’t been her team’s go-to player since eighth grade.
Lindsay Charles needed Roy to be option No. 1 this season. When Roy was asked to move to the outside, it was an effort to get her as many swings as possible. When Charles asked Roy to do a little bit more of everything else, again the junior obliged, shifting back to her more natural right side spot to give Harrison a stronger blocking presence.
Roy’s maturation anchored a talented Raider squad and earned her Journal & Courier Big School Player of the Year.
“We were talking about passing and we wanted her on the floor as much as possible passing, hitting, whatever and she said, ‘I just want as much feedback as I can possibly get,’ ” Charles said. “I think that characterizes Brynn.”
Roy’s adaptation to outside hitter came with more focus from opposing defenses.
Harrison’s schedule presented Roy the opportunity to go against some of the best players in the state. It didn’t stop her from smashing 243 kills, which earned her Harrison’s Team MVP honors when coupled with her 31 blocks, 37 aces and 176 digs.
The opportunity to play all the way around developed Roy’s overall game.
“My first thought was I am really going to have to focus on the outside because I hadn’t played it since eighth grade,” Roy said. “It is a lot different from the right side. It’s more timing, and that is not necessarily my strong point. … I started getting mixed back in the right side, and that’s where I kind of fit. My skills are better over there. Once I started playing all the way around in games, it helps your overall game in general and I became a better player.”
“We needed some kind of seasoned veteran kind of status,” Charles said. “We put her on the right side against some of the better hitters in our conference.”
Coach of the Year
West Lafayette’s top four players from a year ago graduated, but coach Chad Marshall convinced the Red Devils early they were still a sectional championship caliber team.
Marshall made moves in his lineup, including asking defensive specialist Sophie Shinn to become to the team’s go-to offensive player. The result was a third sectional title in a row and a 20-13 record.
BIG SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL ALL-AREA TEAM
BIG SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL ALL-AREA TEAM
Kiley Banker, jr., S/Opp., Harrison
68 aces (0.7); 177 kills (1.7); .296 hitting pct.; 393 assists (3.9); 33 blocks (0.3); 202 digs (2.0)
Mady Corrie, sr., OH, Frankfort
Team Defense Award; Team Serving Award; All-Sagamore Conference first team
337 kills (3.5/game); .209 hitting pct.; 40 aces (0.4); 309 digs (3.2)
Taylor Luft, sr., OH/MB, Crawfordsville
All-Sagamore Conference first team; Team Offensive MVP; Team Captain
543 kills (6.2/game); .315 hitting pct.; 26 aces; 31 blocks; 346 digs
Brynn Roy, jr., OH/Opp., Harrison
Team MVP; Indiana North All-Star; All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference
243 kills (2.5/game); .259 hitting pct.; 31 blocks (0.3); 176 digs (1.8); 37 aces (0.4)
Sophie Shinn, jr., OH, West Lafayette
All-Hoosier Conference, Team MVP
42 aces (0.41), 378 kills (3.7), .107 hitting pct., 446 digs (4.4)
Sydney Tracer, jr., OH/S, McCutcheon
All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference
234 kills (2.3); .272 hitting pct.; 29 aces; 43 blocks (0.40); 256 digs (2.5); 432 assists (4.2)
Kassandra Williams, jr., MB, Harrison
All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference; Team Mental Attitude Award
12 aces (0.1); 234 kills (2.3); .397 hitting pct.; 81 blocks (0.8); 51 digs
Ally Best, Benton Central; Kassidy Bonebrake, Crawfordsville; Madison Flanagan and Jessica Griggs, Lafayette Jeff; Sydney Garrett, Harrison; Devin Hainje, West Lafayette; Ericka Ham, Frankfort
Mikayla Berning, McCutcheon; Carlie Hinkel and Kinnsey Pass, Lafayette Jeff; Chayse LeHocky, Twin Lakes; Grace Malone and Jessica Martin, West Lafayette; Rachel Payne, Benton Central