Providence sophomore outside hitter Ali Hornung was a force for the Pioneers, who in spite of losing last year’s Player of the Year (and Ali’s older sister), Marissa, to graduation, won their eighth straight sectional and regional titles before being swept by Avon in the Class 4A Columbus East Semistate.
“We had a really good season,” Hornung said. “At the beginning we were trying to figure out who would step up as a leader and sort of take Marissa’s spot from last year and I think that everybody sort of did it in their own way. For example, our libero Madison [Kruer], she really stepped up vocally. A lot of people stepped up by example, just leading the team that way, so I think that helped us have a really good season.”
Hornung paced the Pioneers with 543 kills and 4.9 kills per set while also ranking second on the squad in total blocks (51), aces (31) and digs (303) on her way to earning first-team All-State honors from the Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association.
“I think I stepped up as a leader this year and I hope to continue to keep doing that for the next two years,” she said. “I think having sort of a different role, last year I kind of just got to relax and have fun, this year I think that I had just to lead a little bit more. I think that that helped me have a good year.”
Hornung, who still has two years of high school left, has already decided she’ll follow in her sister’s footsteps once again and play at Purdue.
“I’ll get to play with Marissa for one year, I’m super-excited,” she said with a smile. “I love it there. I love the coaches. I love the players. I’m already pretty close with a lot of the people that’ll be seniors when I’m there because they’re good friends with Marissa now. I’m really excited. I’ve met the other girl in my class who’ll be there with me. She’s super nice, super cool, so I’m really excited.”