Defense Gets All-Star Spotlight | college sports

INDIANAPOLIS — Madison-Grants Daya Greene and Pendleton Heights’ Ramsey Gary each bring a tenacious brand of defense and play this side of volleyball at a high level.

Their defensive efforts were rewarded with selection for Sunday’s 2022 Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association All-Star Games in Lawrence North, and both made big plays late in their games to lead their teams to victory.

Playing in a state with so much volleyball talent makes it very difficult to get picked for the games. Greene and Gary were honored to have attended.

“I’m glad I got another chance to hit the ground running,” Greene said. “We ended well, so I feel better. Being chosen to try it was pretty exciting.”

“I’m excited. I love playing with these girls and they play at such a high level,” said Gary. “It was a really good opportunity to play and just do my thing.”

And the two sweepers for their high school teams proved worthy selections.

Greene landed first on the floor during the game, which consisted of the best seniors from Classes 1A and 2A, including Wapahani star – and future Ball State Cardinal – Camryn Wise. Greene recorded 12 digs and two aces throughout the game, serving the last three points – including her second ace – for a 24-26, 25-14, 25-23 win for her North team over the South.

She was happy with the way she was playing and the chance to play on the same side as Wise, whose Raiders had eliminated Greene and the Argylls in the postseason for the past two seasons.

“It was great. I was so excited,” Greene said. “I think I played pretty well.”

She took serve in the third set with the North trailing 23-22, but a Wise kill followed by a Greene ace and a South hitting error gave Greene and her side the win.

“It was really exciting,” she said. “I had missed a couple of serves before so I was a bit nervous going in there. But I knew I had another (defensive specialist) with me in the back row, and I knew I wasn’t going to hit their right side because they were stacked there.

Gary – who will play at Indiana University next year – was one of the best players on the floor for both sides when the 3A and 4A seniors took the field. Their coaches kept Gary on the court as much as possible, and the PH senior amassed 32 digs, six assists, and served a pair of aces.

The defensive star’s jewels included an early pancake in the first set and two rocket drops from McCutcheon-Star and Indiana’s Miss Volleyball Chloe Chicoine late in the third set. She kept the points alive and helped her south team fend off Chicoine and the north 25-23, 22-25, 25-22.

Chicoine, the nation’s top-ranked recruit, will play at Purdue next year and give the fans in attendance a little taste of the next four years of Hoosier and Boilermaker matches.

“I can’t wait to play at this high level,” said Gary. “It’s so much fun digging her ball and digging everything she gives.”

For Greene, this marked a farewell to volleyball as she played what the Argylls three-sport star believes was her final high school match. For Gary, it’s the starting point for the next step as she prepares to continue her Hoosier career next fall.

“I consider this my first college match,” Gary said. “I just see the competition and I’m going to see that high level of play in college.”

Gary will play alongside Chicoine in January’s Under Armor All-America Game as one of only 24 nationally selected players.