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Posted On: 08/26/21 9:42 AM

Most teams have a few matches under their respective belts this early in the Indiana high school season, so we’re going to take some time talking about players making a difference on each team. The number by each is their current state ranking in class 1A.

#6: Springs Valley (4-0)

Off to a torrid start, sweeping their first four opponents, the Blackhawks are normally led by  Leigh Carnes Leigh Carnes 5'7" | OH Springs Valley | 2024 State IN (’24, 5-8 S/RS). This early start shows that her help will come from  Alayna Denbo Alayna Denbo 6'2" | MB Springs Valley | 2023 State IN a middle who currently leads the team in both kills per set (3.7) and attack percentage (.466). 

#5: Covington (3-0)

The senior-laden Trojans have started undefeated, but will get a stiff test from 1A #4 Lafayette Central Catholic on Saturday. Seniors  Amber Cruser Amber Cruser 5'11" | RS Covington | 2022 State IN (’22, 5-11 RS) and  Holly Linville Holly Linville 5'9" | MB Covington | 2022 State IN (’22, 5-9 OH) both average over three kills per set. While Amber is the more physical of the two, Holly’s all around game (hitting .500, leads in aces, blocks and digs) is what will carry Covington into September success.

#3: Loogootee (5-2)

The Lions always play a tough schedule to prep for that October playoff run that is destined to happen every year. With 4A wins

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