By KEVIN HARRIS
NEW ALBANY – Defending Class 3A state runner-up Providence swept host New Albany on Aug. 29 at The Doghouse 25-16, 25-13, 25-17.
Four Pioneers (7-1) recorded at least eight kills apiece. Freshman Ali Hornung smacked a team-high 10 kills, followed by junior Hanna Mitchell with nine. Senior Marissa Hornung and sophomore Courtney Glotzbach each delivered eight kills. Providence junior setter Lilly Bivens distributed 22 assists.
On defense for Providence, Marissa Hornung made a team-high 14 digs, followed by defensive specialist Madison Kruer with 12. Ali Hornung chipped in eight digs. Also for the Pioneers, sophomore Maggie Purichia had three blocks and three kills.
“The Pioneers were led by another strong performance from Ali Hornung,” Providence head coach Terri Purichia said. “The middle-hitting domination of Hanna Mitchell and Courtney Glotzbach was too much for the Bulldog defense. Marissa Hornung was as impressive as always. Maggie Purichia blocked well against the Bulldogs and the Pioneers had some outstanding serving from Grace Hublar and Megan Flanagan.”
Senior middle hitter Allyson Cathey paced the New Albany offense with 16 kills. Bulldog junior setter Kyla Weber dished out 22 assists.
Sophomore Riley Winslow paced the New Albany defense with 11 digs, followed by Weber with nine. Cathey had eight and freshman Bree Martin made seven. The Bulldogs’ record dropped to 7-2.
PROVIDENCE 3, NEW ALBANY 0
Providence 25 25 25
New Albany 16 13 17
Ali Hornung: 10 kills, 8 digs.
Hanna Mitchell: 9 kills.
Courtney Glotzbach: 8 kills.
Marissa Hornung: 14 digs, 8 kills.
Maggie Purichia: 3 blocks, 3 kills.
Madison Kruer: 12 digs.
Lilly Bivens: 22 assists.
NEW ALBANY STATS
Allyson Cathey: 16 kills, 8 digs, 2 blocks, 1 ace.
Riley Winslow: 11 digs, 3 kills, 2 aces, 1 assist.
Shea Collett: 3 digs, 2 kills, 1 block.
Danielle Grant: 2 kills.
Tess Owsley: 2 kills, 1 assist.
Kyla Weber: 22 assists, 9 digs, 1 ace.
Bree Martin: 7 digs, 1 ace.
Mary Claire Meyer: 2 digs.
Saylor Knoy: 1 dig.