McCutcheon volleyball raises bar, but falls short of goal


LAFAYETTE — Not many predicted the McCutcheon Mavericks to be there.

Saturday afternoon, there they were.

A seven-loss team loaded with youth coming off its best performance of the season was among the final four teams in the state tournament.

Lafayette Jeff’s Crawley Center housed a relocated Class 4A north volleyball semistate, putting the Mavericks just a few miles from their home gym.

But the day belonged to the Munster Mustangs, who advanced to their first state championship match behind outside hitters Lourdes Torres and Haley Melby and libero Sarah Morton leading a 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 sweep over McCutcheon.

“Munster was a great team and they had our number, but overall I am just really proud of this team,” said McCutcheon sophomore outside hitter Chloe Chicoine. “We were just a little bit off, but even if we were having one of our best days, Munster is still a great team and it would have been a battle.”

McCutcheon's Isabella Humphrey (8) hits the ball during the third set of the IHSAA class 4a volleyball semi-state match, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 in Lafayette.

Still, it didn’t diminish what McCutcheon accomplished.

Last year was supposed to be the Mavericks’ season, but they lost the regional championship match to eventual Class 4A runner-up Hamilton Southeastern. 

A loaded senior class departed and a talented freshman group came in.

Seniors on this year’s team had to accept new or diminished roles. Freshmen and sophomores were the focal point.

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