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MOSINEE, Wis. – The crowd could almost hear a pin drop in the Mosinee High School gym Thursday night, and the near silence was golden for one particular young fan.

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The low-noise match allowed Payton Carattini to watch his older sister, Mosinee volleyball player Melina Carattini, play her heart out, at least through the eighth point, WWNY-TV reported.

Payton, who has autism, is particularly sensitive to noise, making it impractical for him to endure the commotion most sporting events create. Thursday’s game, however, allowed the boy to watch the match with only the occasional whistle and player communications to process, WSAW-TV reported.

“Special, very special,” the siblings father, Jesse, told the TV station.

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“You know, you tell him, when you get back home, you tell him how the game went. She played good, things like that … but to have (Payton) there is very exciting and emotional,” he added.

According to WSAW, Payton left the game after the eighth point was scored, knowing the noise level would only increase, and when the 10th point was scored, the crowd erupted, and Melina’s teammates embraced her.

Mosinee High School dominated the series 3-1, WWNY reported.