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Posted On: 07/13/20 4:42 PM

If there’s anything one can expect from volleyball in Indiana, it’s that the 4A Class is clearly the top end of talent. Repeat state champion New Castle lost all-world setter Melanie Shaffmaster to Minnesota, but that doesn’t stop the reload and possibility of a three-peat. Her younger sister Maebry Shaffmaster (’21, UNC Chapel Hill) and middle thumper Laila SmithLailaSmith6'2" | MBNew Castle | 2021StateIN (’21, Alabama) look to win yet again, and no two attackers on any 4A team can match up with these two, kill for kill. Hamilton Southeastern, last year’s runner-up, return recent Harding commit Delaney GarnerDelaneyGarner6'1" | MBHamilton Southeastern | 2021StateIN (’21, MB) and libero Carly MillsCarlyMills5'5" | DSHamilton Southeastern | 2021StateIN (’21, Indiana). Providence, the class of the southern half of the state, return all-everything Ali HornungAliHornung5'9" | OHProvidence | 2021StateIN (’21, Purdue) and have a ton of young talent rising to meet her. Ellee StinsonElleeStinson5'5" | DSYorktown | 2021StateIN (’21, Northwestern) of Yorktown will be New Castle’s main competition in their conference and sectional come fall of 2020.

Don’t think that the above first-teamers are all that are returning. There’s a ton of talent on the second-team of All-State players, including New Castle’s libero, Bailey CoxBaileyCox5'7" | DSNew Castle | 2021StateIN (’21, Georgia). The Trojans’ three all-state returnees are more than anyone else in the state. Center Grove, after losing first-team setter MJ Hammill (’20, Wisconsin) and first-team

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