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2017 Soph of the Year Award: Shaffmasters It All

Do-everything Melani Shaffmaster is PrepVolleyball.com 2017 National Sophomore of the Year

The date was October 14 and New Castle HS of Indiana was in deep trouble, down 13-10 in Game 5 of a Class 3A sectional semifinal versus Wapahani, the 2016 Indiana 2A champions. If the Trojans gave up two more points, they would be eliminated in the Sectional Tournament in 2017 just as they were one year before when they were playing in the state’s largest class.

New Castle sided out, sending 6-3 sophomore Melani Shaffmaster behind the line to serve. Head coach Matt Curts walked with his talented sophomore and said, “You can do this. One point at a time.”

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