Midway’s volleyball season came to a screeching halt in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs with a loss to eventual state champion Hebron, but it was hard to take away many negatives besides that from a 42-4 record and a six-week run at No. 1 in the USA Today national rankings.
“We’re incredibly disappointed with how things ended, but we lost to a really good Hebron team,” Midway coach Ryan Porter said. “But we can’t let that tarnish what was an amazing season for the kids. One hour doesn’t erase three months of great competition.”
The Pantherettes, who signed six players to Division I scholarships, played a rugged early-season schedule but faced somewhat of a drop-off in competition once district play started. Porter said he will continue to be aggressive when it comes to scheduling in the future.
“To improve, we have to go play the best teams in the state,” Porter said. “We have to keep going and seeking out the best in the preseason. I think our district schedule hurt us a little bit this year, but the team we had this year ... there were only a handful of teams in the state that were their caliber and that could really push them.”