Posted On: 07/23/21 7:11 AM

We've finally reached the end of summer leagues in Indiana, and after six weeks of play, the Saturday tournament is set (More on that later.). Although Bishop Chatard pulled out of this week's play suddenly, I still got a chance to watch the future for both Speedway and Brown County, two teams I rarely see on the high school circuit. Here's what I saw.

Speedway (12-14 in '20, graduated 4)

Speedway has athletes. Of this, there is no doubt. But can they compete on the volleyball stage? That statement can be answered by one player, Taylor Ridge ('23, 5-9 OH). Even though she's listed at 5-9 and as a MB/RS, Taylor projects to be a primary-passing, six-rotation outside that plays higher than her height. She has all of the shots in the book, can receive serve and defend with the best at the position, and is deadly from behind the baseline. The Sparkplugs also have a good portion of youth coming up, as Lainey Jarrett ('25, 5-2 S) looks to run the show in the fall. Despite her size, her athleticism allows her to get to passes that bigger and slower setters can't get to. Her hands are very consistent as well, with

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