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October 3, 2013

WEDNESDAY HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Top-ranked Pioneers sweep Jeff

Silver Creek, Henryville earn volleyball sweeps

JEFFERSONVILLE —  Class 2A No. 1 Providence improved to 21-4 on the season with a 25-14, 25-23, 25-14 victory over rival Jeffersonville on Wednesday.

Pioneer coach Terri Purichia thought her team played well in the opening set before being “not too pleased” with a second set that saw her team accrue several unforced errors.

“We had a little letdown in the second set,” she said. “We had a lot of unforced errors, which kept the set close.”

The Pioneers came out in the third set and closed the door on the improved Red Devils.

“I think Jeff is a much improved team with a lot of good athletes,” Purichia said. “They made us work hard to win the match. We did a nice job of closing it out.”

“We played well in our second set, but were unable to finish it,” Jeff coach Renee Stock said. “Providence is an extremely polished team and they are hard to beat.”

Haley Libs led the Pioneers with 14 kills, followed by Jacquie Hornung’s 12, Carlie Combs’ 10 and Maddie Biven’s four.

Audrey Shannon had a Providence-best six digs and Patricia Mattingly turned in another stellar all-around performance with 40 assists, five digs and a pair of blocks.

Bivens had 10 service points, Hornung had eight and Mattingly six. Providence had four aces as a team.

“I felt like we served the ball well tonight and we passed the ball better than we have in a big match in a while,” Purichia said. “

Even in the loss, Stock praised several of her players.

“Hannah Samuel had a fantastic game offensively and defensively,” Stock said. “Mary Pat Geary played a wonderful offensive game and had numerous blocks. Jena Reinhardt hustled and served well with several aces. Sara Garwood had eight digs and played a great defensive game.”

Both teams return to action tonight in tough matches. Providence hosts Brownstown Central and hopes Taylor Wilson, who has been out with a knee injury, back for the match. Jeff goes to Floyd Central to face the Class 4A No. 7 Highlanders in a Hoosier Hills Conference matchup.

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