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2024 Season Review

3-peat!!!! The Royals had one mission this season, and it was to defend their state championships. They battled all year with the top teams in state and came out victorious. The Royals defeated Cathedral in a thrilling 5-set victory to claim their third straight state championship, as well as the 4th program championship overall. In a record setting day at Hinkle Fieldhouse, the Royals started the morning off with a sweep over Fishers. After a dominant win in the morning, the Royals looked forward to their rematch against Cathedral. After losing 3 matches in the regular season to the Irish, the Royals were determined to find a way to come out on top this time around. After a long battle, the Royals found themselves with a victory, thanks to a kill by senior Will Vannoy to end the match 15-12 in the Royals’ favor.

From the beginning, the Royals knew that this team had something special. With this season being the last IBVCA state championship before becoming an IHSAA sport, this team wanted to leave its mark. The Royals were only defeated by one in-state team, Cathedral, during the regular season. The Royals had gone on the road to defeat 8 of the top 10 ranked teams in Indiana. They also traveled to Chicago to face some of the toughest teams that Illinois has to offer, walking away with a 4-1 record and a silver championship. They were also crowned the Circle City Conference champs for the seventh year in a row. 

The most memorable moment for Coach Nick Jennings R’11 was winning the championship at Hinkle Fieldhouse. “After falling short three times against Cathedral, it was a very special moment to defeat them when it mattered the most. This team had a different feeling going into this match. In front of a record crowd, this team was ready to defend its title and put on a good show for the fans. This team was the most determined I have ever seen them all season.” 

The Royals were well recognized for their accomplishments this season. The Royals were represented on the State All-Tournament team by seniors Will Vannoy, Josh Staehler and Matthew Dial, who was also named the MVP of the tournament. On the All-Region team, Will Vannoy, Matthew Dial, junior Eli Berger and sophomore Xavier Lawrie each earned first team honors. Vannoy, Dial and Berger will also represent the Royals on the All Star team. The Royals had several Academic All-State honorees, including seniors Will Vannoy, Josh Staehler, Cal Davis and Andrew Heiden and juniors Matthew Dial, Aiden Hill and Chris Griffin. And to round it out, Vannoy, Dial and Lawrie were also named All-Circle City Conference. 

The accolades did not end there, as many Royals broke school records this year. Will Vannoy now holds the top spot for blocks in a match with 9 and blocks in a set with 5. Josh Staehler now has the most digs in a match with 25. Matthew Dial leads the way in most assists in a match with 60 and most assists in a season with 1.048. These three Royals were also recognized with individual Roncalli awards as well. Vannoy and Dial were named co-MVPs, while Vannoy also took home the Leadership Award. Staehler was given both the Mental Attitude and Leadership Award.