The Miracle Season is about 2011 the Iowa City West girls’ volleyball team. They took the state championship for the second year in a row. They did it after losing their star player Caroline “Line” Found and after losing their spirit to play without her.
We’ve seen inspirational stories like this one many times about men’s teams. This one is based on a true story about a female team. Women’s sports in general are ignored by the media. I’m happy to see a major motion picture telling the story of this tragic loss and inspiring events afterwards.
Here’s the film synopsis: “Based on the inspiring true story of West High School girls’ volleyball team. After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.”
Helen Hunt, Danika Yarosh, William Hurt, and Erin Moriarty are among the stars in The Miracle Season.
The character Brie (Tiera Skovbye) is based on Olivia Mekies, who recently gave an interview after seeing the trailer. She commented,
“It was a lot, for sure. It brings back a lot of initial memories so it was difficult, for sure. It’s a really exciting time for the community and it’s great and I’m proud, mostly of her, but of us, too,” Olivia Mekies said. “It will always be hard. It’s hard everyday, so when you see that and it’s all over social media every time you pull up your phone, it’s a lot to take in.”
Mekies was not only one of Found’s teammates, but a friend. In the film, the character Brie is based on her, who helps rally the team to start winning again. The role is played by actress Tiera Skovbye. Mekies said Skobye reached out to her about the role and the two have kept in contact throughout the process.
The Miracle Season will be in theaters in April 2018.