MUNCIE | Bishop Noll will graduate four seniors from Saturday's state runner-up team.
Those seniors include starters Asya Hobbs and Carissa Jones, co-captains and leaders of the team that lost to Providence in the Class 2A state championship.
"Besides their numbers, which are astronomical and they both predominantly play all the way around, they're both inspirational leaders," coach Dave Rodriguez said. "They lead in two different ways. Asya is a quiet, follow-my-lead type of player and CJ is a vocal, passionate, she always talks to the team and gives the little things. It's what they do off the court with this team that's going to be missed."
The pair hope that their legacy at Noll includes more than just the red medals they proudly wore around their necks.
"I hope that they remember that anything is possible," Hobbs said. "Everybody doubted us. We pulled out and won sectionals, and after we won regional and got to semistate it was, they're lucky to be here. Anything is possible and I hope that if we leave a legacy, that's it."
The Class of 2014 endured sub-.500 seasons and last year's 19-14 record before becoming a 30-10 team that beat Andrean for the first time in eight years.
"I hope that I gave my team the confidence that they can do this, that it's not out of reach," Jones said. "They just know that it's possible to do it again."
Quick quiet, loud late: Junior Carly Cappello said that nerves got the best of the Bishop Noll team early.
"We were definitely nervous, the whole bus ride here, nobody said anything," said Cappello, whose 14 kills led the team. "We were over-thinking everything."
The Warriors didn't take a lead against Providence until the third game. Late in the final game, Noll took advantage of four unforced errors by the Pioneers and an ace by Katherine Jerge to go on a 5-1 run and pull within 21-19.
"I think it just took us a long time to get going," Cappello said. "The third game was our game. That's how we know we can play."
Lessons learned: Rodriguez said he'll review the tape of the state title game and preparing his team to meet Providence again next season.
The Pioneers lose three seniors to graduation, so a repeat appearance by both teams in 2014 isn't impossible.
"This was an unknown and now we know what to expect," Rodriguez said. "We tried to learn something in every game we played and every game we lost this year. There's a lot that we can learn from this game."
Planning a party: After Noll's previously scheduled open house on Sunday, the volleyball team will be celebrated with a 1 p.m. parade around the school's community.
Led by the fire department, the players will appear in uniform to be feted by their fans.
"The goal is to make as much noise as possible," athletic director Marianne Galfano said.