News and Tribune

Local Sports

November 3, 2013

H.S. VOLLEYBALL: Providence earns another state finals bid

No. 1 Pioneers sweep Speedway, Mater Dei to get another shot at a state title

FERDINAND — They cruised through the first two sets in their semistate championship matchup against Evansville Mater Dei and struggled a bit in the third, but the Providence Pioneers volleyball team prevailed against the Wildcats 25-15, 25-16, 26-24 to advance to their second consecutive Class 2A state finals appearance. 

The Pioneers also defeated No. 2 Speedway 25-16, 25-21, 25-15 earlier in Saturday’s Class 2A  Forest Park Semistate.

"Up until today, there hasn't been a lot of pressure put on this team during the tournament," said Providence (35-4) coach Terri Purchia. "Speedway had some horses that could do that, and Mater Dei absolutely had some horses that could do it. [Mater Dei] just would not go away. Each set, they got better and better. So keeping calm and gutting that third set out was extremely important to our confidence level. Our kids need to realize that if they can continue to play with that kind of emotion, we're going to be very hard to stop." 

Providence will face Hammond Noll, who advanced to the 2A championship with a five-set win over Woodlan, for the state crown.

The state finals will be held in Worthen Arena on Ball State University's campus in Muncie, with game time scheduled for approximately 1 p.m. Saturday.

The No. 1 Pioneers looked as if they were going to steamroll Mater Dei, cruising through the first two sets 25-15 and 25-16 with a virtuoso display of hitting, passing and defense. 

Purchia has said all along that the key to the Pioneers' success this season was closely tied to their service, and Providence didn't commit their first service error until the end of the second set of the championship match. 

"It's something we've been working a lot on in practice, and we're getting better and better with it," said sophomore outside hitter Jacquie Hornung, who contributed seven kills to the Providence attack. “If we can be accurate and be aggressive with our service it makes it very hard to beat us."

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
LOCAL MAGAZINES
SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Photos


Buy or browse photos from the News and Tribune's award winning photographers

AP Video
Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 Hoax Bomb Raises Anxiety in Boston Egypt Clamps Down on Mosques to Control Message After Fukushima, Japan Eyes Solar Power New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Ex-California City Leader Gets 12 Year Sentence Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict?