Several local legislators honored the 2013 state champion Providence volleyball team in a resolution on Monday at the Statehouse.
“The Providence volleyball team displayed tremendous perseverance and teamwork in its run to the state championship,” said state Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, who authored the resolution. “I’m very pleased to join my colleagues in recognizing this exceptional team. They’ve made southern Indiana proud.”
State Representatives Steve Stemler, D-Jeffersonville, and Rhonda Rhoads, R-Corydon, co-authored the resolution. The members were joined in the House chamber by the volleyball team, their coach Terri Purichia and president of Providence High School Joan Hurley. State Sen. Ron Grooms, R-Jeffersonville, sponsored the resolution in the Senate.
The Pioneers defeated Hammond Bishop Noll in the class 2A championship 25-18, 25-15, and 25-20. It was the team’s seventh appearance at a state championship, and the Pioneers first state volleyball title. They were runner-up last year.
“This is such a special and unique group of people,” said Purichia. “They have great chemistry both on and off the court, and we are all extremely proud of the girls.”
Senior Spitznagel won the mental attitude award for service, scholarship and leadership. In winning this award the IHSAA Executive Committee presented a $1,000 scholarship to Providence High School general scholarship fund in Abby’s name.
“It is great to be able to honor these kids,” Stemler said. “The accomplishments they’ve been able to achieve show they can be students and athletes at the same time.”
“It’s really exciting knowing that these girls will be graduating with a state title under their belt and brought such positive morale and respect to Providence,” Grooms said.