Whatever dissatisfaction Ali Line experienced at the conclusion of her final high school volleyball match has been pushed aside by a sense of accomplishment.

And Center Grove’s 6-foot-2 middle blocker accomplished a lot.

A four-year starter for the Trojans, Line saved her best for last by producing 426 kills, 90 blocks and 31 service aces this season in leading Center Grove to a 29-4 record and Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference championship.

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By no means a stranger to accolades, the senior adds another by being named Player of the Year for the Daily Journal’s 2014 All-County Volleyball Team.

“Ali did anything and everything we asked her to do as far as being a leader and being a sensational middle blocker,” said third-year Center Grove coach Dana Daprile, who by succeeding Deb McClurg in 2012 inherited the sophomore version of Line.

“She improved just being a more physical player. It wasn’t until her sophomore year that Ali played club volleyball, and that’s when her game really took off. She really got a lot stronger and more explosive. In the past year I also saw a big difference in her ball control.”

Currently immersed in all things basketball as a starting forward for Center Grove’s Class 4A sixth-ranked squad, Line, a future Illinois State University student-athlete, relished the opportunity to help return the volleyball program to prominence.

In a career dotted with outstanding individual performances, Line’s finest may well have been the 27 kills she delivered in Center Grove’s 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-21 defeat of then-top-ranked Roncalli on Oct. 14.

“I had a blast. It was a fun season overall and just the way we competed against teams. Even though it ended in a disappointing way (losing to the same Roncalli squad nine days later in the sectional), it showed Center Grove volleyball is back,” said Line, a model of consistency who produced double-digit kill totals in 24 of her team’s 33 matches this season and wound up with 1,039 career kills.

“Since I was a senior and was always on the court, I took it on myself to get everyone involved. When the game was on the line, I wanted the ball coming to me.”

A comparable scenario played out at Franklin, where 5-10 senior outside hitter Jess Admire’s 318 kills, 178 digs and 26 aces earned her All-County status for a third consecutive year.

The Daily Journal’s Player of the Year both in 2012 and 2013, the future Butler Bulldog followed a most difficult act — her own. Admire nonetheless managed to propel the Grizzly Cubs to a 27-9 record and the title match of the Franklin Sectional before losing to Roncalli.

The remainder of the All-County first team is made up of Center Grove and Franklin players.

Trojans juniors Madison Smeathers, a 6-3 middle blocker with 400 kills and 174 digs, and Taylor Hammill, a 5-11 setter who in 33 matches produced a total of 1,106 assists, are part of the six-player squad.

Center Grove sophomore libero Macy Carrabine with 470 digs, 66 aces and 27 assists made first team. So, too, did 5-9 Franklin freshman Rachel Kinney, an outside hitter who tallied 333 kills, 195 digs and 27 aces.

Four of this season’s selections — Line, Admire, Hammill and Carrabine — were part of the 2013 All-County Team.

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*Ali Line;Center Grove;Senior;Middle blocker

Madison Smeathers;Center Grove;Junior;Middle blocker

Taylor Hammill;Center Grove;Junior;Setter

Macy Carrabine;Center Grove;Sophomore;Libero

Jess Admire;Franklin;Senior;Outside hitter

Rachel Kinney;Franklin;Freshman;Outside Hitter

*Player of the Year

Honorable mention

Edinburgh: Mara Cox, Brianna Howard, Lillie Parmer, Megan Rooks

Franklin: Morgan Hash, Kaylee Phillips

Greenwood: Hanna Anderson, Olivia Stilley, Morgan Dangelo

Greenwood Christian Academy: Elena Check

Indian Creek: Baylee Wilson

Whiteland: Kaylyn Alford, Kylie Glover, Madison Scott, Madison Dotson


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Mike Beas is the Daily Journal's veteran sports reporter. He has been to more than 200 Indiana high schools, including 1990s visits to Zionsville to profile current Boston Celtics GM Brad Stevens, Gary Roosevelt to play eventual Purdue All-American Glenn Robinson in HORSE (didn’t end well) and Seeger to visit the old gym in which Stephanie White, later the coach of the Indiana Fever, honed her skills in pickup games involving her dad and his friends. He can be reached at