News and Tribune

November 3, 2012

Providence falls to No. 1 Wapahani in Class 2A state championship

Despite winning first set, No. 2 Pioneers fall in four


MUNCIE — For one set, the Providence volleyball team looked like it was going to give top-ranked Wapahani a run for its money in Saturday’s Class 2A state championship match at Ball State University’s Worthen Arena.

But in the final three sets, the Raiders showed why they are the defending Class 2A state champions.

Wapahani repeated as state champions with a 22-25, 25-15, 25-6, 25-22 victory over the Pioneers, who were making their first appearance in an IHSAA state championship match.

Despite her team not winning its first state title, Providence coach Terri Purichia says her players have nothing to be ashamed of during a successful 2012 season.

“I don’t think some people realize what an accomplishment it is to get to this point,” Purichia said. “We have a very successful program at Providence. Out of that storied history, this is only the sixth time that we’ve been in the state finals and only the first time ever in the championship game. It’s an exciting accomplishment to get here.”

The Class 2A No. 2 Pioneers (35-5) bolted out to a 6-2 lead in the opening set and held a 23-18 advantage late in the game. But Wapahani (33-4) reeled off four straight points to pull within one at 23-22.

Providence, though, fended off the Raiders late in the set. Wapahani committed a service error and middle hitter Malie Daniel registered set point with a block to secure the first-set victory for the Pioneers.

“We knew exactly what we had to do to beat them, and [the Pioneers] executed that game plan [in the first set]. I guess you could say [the Pioneers] were fearless,” Purichia said. “But we let off the gas pedal and we allowed them to do the things they do very, very well.”

Wapahani got off to a much better start in the second set. The Raiders went up 10-4 after a block and a kill by junior middle hitter Courtney Mitchell. Wapahani extended its lead to 21-12 following a Providence four-hit violation.

The Pioneers scored the next three points to slice their deficit to 21-15, thanks to kills by Daniel and freshman Jacquie Hornung and a service ace from Haley Libs. But the Raiders responded with four consecutive points to take the set.

“In that second game, we started to really get going and kept them off the net. On the net, I thought they were a little bit too much for us to handle early on,” Wapahani coach Mike Lingenfelter said. “I thought our serve-and-pass game is really what changed the match.”

Leading 5-3 in the third set, the Raiders got rolling. They tallied 18 out of the next 21 points, including scoring 10 points in a row at one point, to build a 23-5 advantage.

Providence middle hitter Taylor Wilson thought the Pioneers did not run of gas in the middle two sets after an inspiring effort in the first set.

“I don’t think we lost any energy,” Wilson said. “I just don’t think we came out thinking we were going to win. We just laid an egg.”

Following a pep talk by assistant coach Brandy Denning in the locker room, Providence appeared ready to rally in the fourth set. The Pioneers were up 6-1 early and led 15-9 midway through the fourth.

“Basically, the gist of what she said to them was that you came here with one goal in mind, and if you are scared to go out there and get it, it’s not going to happen,” said Purichia, who was not in the locker room at the time of the speech because she was turning in her lineup card at the scorer’s table. “We have a group of fighters and all we ask to see is that fight.”

But Wapahani came back to take an 18-17 advantage after a kill by junior Lindi Thomas. Leading 23-22, the Raiders sealed the state championship with back-to-back kills by Mitchell and Thomas.

Wilson was the only Pioneer to reach double figures in kills with 10. She also had three blocks. Hornung spiked eight kills, while Libs chipped in six.

Providence setter Patricia Mattingly recorded 26 assists and 14 digs. Libero Kylie Flanagan, the Pioneers’ lone senior, finished with 11 digs.

Senior Aubreigh Applegate paced Wapahani with a double-double, registering a match-high 21 kills and 16 digs. Mitchell had 14 kills and a match-high six blocks, while Thomas had 13 kills and 11 digs.

Raiders’ libero Paige Williamson, who won the IHSAA’s Mental Attitude Award, ended up with a match-high 25 digs.



At Worthen Arena, Ball State University, Muncie

PROVIDENCE    25 15   6 22

WAPAHANI        22 25 25 25


    Aces — Providence 3 (Haley Libs 2); Wapahani 5 (Shawna Estep 2).

    Assists — Providence 29 (Patricia Mattingly 26); Wapahani 53 (Kiley Lingenfelter 48).

    Blocks — Providence 10 (Taylor Wilson 3); Wapahani 13 (Courtney Mitchell 6).

    Digs — Providence 53 (Mattingly 14, Kylie Flanagan 11); Wapahani 68 (Paige Williamson 25, Aubreigh Applegate 16).

    Kills — Providence 31 (Wilson 10, Jacquie Hornung 8, Libs 6); Wapahani 55 (Applegate 21, Mitchell 14, Lindi Thomas 13).