2010-11 Class 2A State Finals Recap

November 6, 2010

The Muncie Burris volleyball dynasty continued as the top-ranked Owls swept fourth-ranked Fairfield, 25-12, 25-12, 25-11, to win the Class 2A state championship at Worthen Arena on Saturday. It was the sixth straight year the Owls had swept in the state title match.

It was the Owls’ 14th consecutive 2A state title, their 95th consecutive state tournament victory and its second straight undefeated season (39-0).  Burris owns an 87-match winning streak that dates back to Oct. 13, 2008. They finished 40-0 in 2009.

Taylor Morey led Burris with 15 kills and a .400 hitting percentage while Chelsea Toth and Hannah Clemmons finished with 8 and 7 kills, respectively. Setter Kelsey Carr, who was named the winner of the mental attitude award following the match, finished with 36 assists.

Haley Bechtel led Fairfield with five kills and tallied 10 digs on defense.

Thanh Harnish is in her first season as Burris coach after taking over for the legendary Steve Shondell who departed after 34 years.

It was the fifth straight year the Falcons had advanced to the state finals and second time falling to Burris in the final match (2006). Fairfield had entered the match on a 13 match win streak under coach Carla Herschberger.

Kelsey Carr of Muncie Burris Laboratory School was named winner of the 2010 Mental Attitude Award for 2A Volleyball by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.

The award is presented annually to a senior in each classification who demonstrates excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.

Carr is ranked first in her class and is a member of the Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and IHSAA Student Advisory Committee.  She has attended both the IHSAA Student Leadership Conference and NFHS Student Leadership Conference.  Additionally, Carr has volunteered with College Avenue United Methodist Church, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Isanogel Special Needs Camp.

Carr is a three-sport athlete for Burris, participating in volleyball, basketball and track and field for the Owls.

Carr will attend Taylor University next year to study Exercise Science. She is the daughter of Brian and Becky Carr of Muncie.

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented a scholarship check for $1,000.00 to Muncie Burris in the name of Kelsey Carr.  Since 1989, more than $707,000 in college scholarships have been presented by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance to deserving high school students in Indiana.