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October 30, 2012

ON THE SPOT: Kylie Flanagan is Providence volleyball's unquestioned leader

CLARKSVILLE — The Providence volleyball team had lots of motivation entering last Saturday’s Class 2A Forest Park Semi-state championship match.

One motivating factor was to defeat Class 2A No. 4 and defending 2A state runner-up Eastern Greene, which knocked off the No. 2 Pioneers in the semi-state semifinal a year ago. Providence avenged last season’s loss to the Thunderbirds in three sets, 25-18, 25-20, 25-16.

But according to Providence sophomore setter Patricia Mattingly, the Pioneers also won the semi-state for their unquestioned leader, libero Kylie Flanagan.

“This feels amazing because it is for Kylie and the whole Providence community,” Mattingly said.

Flanagan is the lone senior on a Providence team that will square off with top-ranked and defending Class 2A state champion Wapahani at 1 p.m. this coming Saturday in the 2A state championship match at Ball State University’s Worthen Arena in Muncie.

Providence coach Terri Purichia says Flanagan has done a fantastic job as the leader of the 35-4 Pioneers.

“Being a senior in any sport is not easy to do because you have to focus so much on the team and you can’t worry about how you are playing,” Purichia said. “Kylie has had to do it all alone and she’s done it every day with a smile on her face. She has just meant everything to this group of kids. They follow her lead in every aspect. She is their best friend and their mother. She can be anything they need her to be.

“She is the leader of this team and I cannot say enough about what Kylie does for this group of kids. She’s such a wonderful kid and I couldn’t be more happier for her to have this kind of success because she really does deserve it.”

After last Saturday’s semi-state championship, News and Tribune sports reporter Kevin Harris talked with Flanagan on paying back Eastern Greene, being the Pioneers’ leader and the upcoming showdown with Wapahani.

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