Danner showed it her junior year. She had to play out of position quite a bit, at middle blocker, because the team needed it. This year she was back on the outside blasting kills for the Lightning, who reached the section title match for the third time in program history.

It was a step up from the regular season, when the Lightning perhaps disappointed by tying for second in the Academy League.

But, at the end of the year when it was needed the most, Danner was at her best. She'll now transfer her talents to basketball for Sage; it's another sport where she's a four-year varsity player.

"She worked hard every single practice, nothing fake or flashy," Thomassen said. "It's exactly what you want as a coach, and she's that way in everything she does. She's an awesome student too, and you wouldn't know it unless you've taught her or talked to one of her teachers."

Thomassen said he never taught Danner in a class at Sage Hill.

On the volleyball court, he still watched her make big things happen.


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Maggie Danner

Born: June. 9, 1995

Hometown: Newport Beach

Height: 5-foot-11

Sport: Volleyball

Year: Senior

Coach: Dan Thomassen

Favorite food: Ice cream

Favorite movie: "The A-Team"

Favorite athletic moment: Helping the Sage Hill girls' volleyball team win the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA title last year, defeating rival St. Margaret's in the championship match.

Week in review: Danner helped the Lightning return to the CIF finals. She had 21 kills in a five-set road victory over Ontario Christian in a CIF Southern Section Division 3-A semifinal match Nov. 13. She followed that up with 23 kills, three service aces and three blocks in the final, a five-set loss to top-seeded St. Margaret's on Nov. 17 at Cypress College.