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“We made it to the Regional Finals, the Elite 8, and they ended the season very strong,” Hawthorne says. “The team played well all season and worked hard to continually improve.”
The Noblesville Lady Millers played particularly well during sectionals. They won four sets against the Fishers Tigers during some tough matches.
“Every coach wants their team to play their best, and they did that all season,” Hawthorne says. “There were some ups and down along the way, but they gained a lot of momentum in the sectionals, and pulled it together. In the sectionals, they really had it together. They were showing a lot of resilience.”
The Millers later defeated Westfield High School to become the Sectional 8 champion. They ended the season with 23 wins and 14 losses.
“We still ended the season strong by winning our first sectional in 15 years,” Hawthorne says. “They had great footwork, posture and resilience in the sectionals. There were things we sometimes struggled with earlier in the season, but they focused to improve. They worked well together and supported each other.” w
Hawthorne is already looking forward to next season. He expects the team to be another winning group of talented athletes.
“We have five players returning for next season,” he says. “They are some strong players who will help us build on the momentum we were able to accomplish this season. For us, this senior class set the bar high for next year, but we know how to build off what we accomplished this season.”
Anne Standeford, a long-time high school volleyball fan, says she saw the Lady Millers get stronger as the season progressed.
“When I saw them play in the sectionals, I saw a huge amount of improvement from earlier in the season,” Standeford says. “They were very good all year, but they really had some momentum carrying them in the sectionals. They really have a lot to be proud of.”