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Macie Garrison.

Macie Garrison finished second on the Dragons with a career-high 159 kills this season, taking on an expanded role. But her role as the team leader and setter continued on a team with a cast of new offensive weapons in an offense that was hitting on all cylinders by the end of the season.

The Dragons went 22-12 and reached the regional finals before a loss to 3A No. 1 Evansville Memorial.

“It was a big leadership year, basically because three or four big spots left,” Garrison said. “It was up to me to lead the team back up into that championship mindset. We were young experience wise, but by the end of the year, we really couldn’t tell that at all.”

Garrison racked up 767 assists, which was a career low, but for a couple of reasons. The Dragons were able to groom her replacement, Abby Marks, and also use Garrison as an attacker.

“I actually loved it. It was fun to hit and be part of the offense, because I’ve run it for so long.

It was great to be aggressive and not just set up others to score points, but be the one to score points,” Garrison said.

A four-year starter, Garrison also had a career-best 250 digs and was second on the team with 51 service aces. Team success was always the top priority.

“Obviously, we’d have liked to get a little farther than regional finals. We lost a lot of influential seniors but we really came together and pushed past that,” said Garrison. “It’s a really great honor. There’s a lot, a lot of talent around here.”

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