Caroline “Line” Found is the star volleyball player on the Iowa City West High School Volleyball Team and well-loved by members of the community. With Line as the captain, the Trojans have been undefeated and everyone has high hopes for West to win the championship again after the previous year, especially against their long-time rival, City High. During a party at her house, Line decides to secretly sneak away to visit her mother Ellyn at the hospital, where she is being treated for cancer. That night, Line herself is killed in a moped accident, leaving the entire community in mourning. Despite the school and community still in shock over Line’s death, the Trojans’ coach, Kathy Bresnahan continues to hold volleyball practice. She directly approaches Line’s best friend, Kelley, encouraging her to return because Line would have wanted them to continue. Kelley refuses, but Bresnahan persists until Kelley agrees. After it is revealed that the Trojans lost their most recent match due to …
User Reviews: Living in the area, I was well aware when this tragedy occurred.
My nephew was also an assistant coach on the team (but not portrayed) so I know from him how accurate the portrayal is, as well as knowing Kathy for decades.
Bres is very matter-of-fact, and suffers no fools, but she’s not quite as calloused as portrayed on screen. That being said, it’s understandable to create drama to perpetuate the story with a sort of antagonist.
The timeline is a little ‘off’, and the difference between semifinals & finals is only a day- but again, plot development, so it’s necessary.
Other than these very small details, I found the film to be very good, Helen Hunt absolutely nailed Bres’ wardrobe to a T!
I recall the ICW football team also honoring ‘Line’ during their season, and the entire state really did rally around these kids who suffered so mightily.
It’s a wonderful portrayal of events, and how drive and determination really can propel you to the top, and honor those left behind.