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Southport star receives surprise after breaking coach’s records

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Lauren Cullison’s October went well.

The junior at Southport High School smashed a volleyball better than any player in program history.

The goofy outside hitter who is verbally committed to play at the University of Indianapolis in 2020 now owns the most kills in a game and the most kills in a season at Southport. 

Here comes the tricky part: The records were previously owned by Cardinals Head Coach Chelsea Hoffman.

“I’ve been trying to do it since freshman year. It’s been a huge goal of mine,” Cullison said. “My dad would be in the stands trying to signal to me if I was getting close.” 

Coach Hoffman had a good seat to watch her own history go down. 

“It’s not that I’m gone and 20 years from now someone I don’t even know breaks it. It’s the fact that I got to coach her and help her break it,” Hoffman said. “I think it is pretty awesome.” 

Coach Hoffman’s tip of the cap isn’t enough though. At least, that is what IBEW Local 481 thought Instead, with the help of Lauren’s biggest supporters at Southport, IBEW Local 481 and WISH-TV delivered Cullison one last perfect set. 

A surprise meeting with friends and family was topped off with a $1,000 scholarship check for college. 

“I feel like, I don’t even know what’s happening, this is crazy,” Cullison said. “Without my family I wouldn’t have been able to do it. I wouldn’t have been able to play club volleyball and its a lot of money to do that, I’m really thankful.” 

What is next, one thing is for sure. Lauren is going to kill it.