Western Boone led early but Andrean rallied from a 2-1 deficit by winning sets four and five to claim the Class 2A title by scores of 25-20, 20-25, 25-27, 27-25, 15-12. The marathon match ended after Andrean broke from a 12-12 tie with the final three points – match point coming on a service ace. For Western Boone this was their first trip to the state finals. Following the match, Marli Ransom of Western Boone High School was announced as the recipient of the mental attitude award by the IHSAA Executive Committee. Marli ranks second in her class of 116 students and has served as president and secretary of the National Honor Society. She has been voted first team All-Conference the past two years as team captain while leading the team in digs and is an Academic All-State honoree. In addition to volleyball, she is a three-year varsity tennis player and finished undefeated while playing No. 3 singles for the Stars last spring. She is the daughter of Mark and Carrie Ransom of Lebanon and plans to study Speech Pathology at Purdue University. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, a corporate partner of the IHSAA, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Western Boone High School’s general scholarship fund in the name of Marli Ransom.

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