LAST SEASON: 20-12, 3-4 HHC
Lost in 4A Sectional 13 semifinal to Greenwood
KEY PLAYERS (with grade, position):
Rachel Schultz (10) S
Sarah Rominger (12) M/OH
Cianna Speth (12) DS
Jamie Morris (11) OH
Mikayla Little (11) M
Ali Tucker (12) M
Ellen Poetz (11) R/S/DS
Rachel Wernimont (10) OH
Megan Hawley (9) OH/DS
Katie Morris (12) R/S
Maddie Harper (10) M
McKenze Qualkinbush (12) R/S
Head coach: Jerry Saffold (1st season)
New Palestine’s streak of three consecutive 20-win seasons appears to be in jeopardy as the Dragons move on without five seniors from last year’s 20-12 squad, including All-Hoosier Conference picks Emily Curry and Lauren Tieman and all-conference honorable mention Amara Khajenouri.
All-Hancock County honorable mentions Abby Seifert and Megan Riley also graduated, leaving head coach Jerry Saffold with a mostly clean slate in this, his rookie season.
Penii Plunkitt resigned after four years to spend more time with her family, and Saffold jumped into the head coaching gig after a long career as a club coach and Warren Central assistant.
Seniors Katie Morris (right-side/setter) and McKenze Qualkinbush (right-side/setter) and junior Jamie Morris (outside hitters) are the varsity holdovers.