Providence still looks like champs in 3-set win over CC
Providence’s reign in girls volleyball continued last week at the hands of Corydon Central. The Lady Pioneers, which advanced to the Final Four in Class 3A last season and are currently ranked 5th in the class, persevered over a gritty effort by the hosts, 21-12, 21-19, 21-15.
“Overall I was pleased with the level of play on all three levels,” Corydon coach Kim Briscoe said. “Freshmen, JV and varsity all fought a good fight against one of the top programs in the state. I’ve only got three kids that play club ball whereas almost all of their girls do. These are the types of teams we need to schedule to raise our level of play. We are 3-4, but look at the schedule we’ve played this season. We’ve got New Albany, who is ranked in the Top 10 in the state, Providence, Floyd Central. We’re not playing patsies, here.”
Game one saw Providence jump out to a 10-2 lead thanks to poor defense at the net by Corydon. The Lady Panthers had a few offensive highlights from Dana Beaven, Jade Best, Jenna Lillpop and Beth Shireman, but it wasn’t enough as the visitors won, 21-12.
Corydon righted the ship somewhat in the second set, which featured nine ties. After falling behind 13-8, the hosts finally knotted the score again at 14-14 on a block and kill by Lillpop and some diving digs by Alicia Mosier. Corydon took the lead on a Providence hitting error.
After the Lady Pioneers tied it again on a cross-court blast by Juli Pierce, Lillpop regained the lead with another kill. Providence went back out front on the next play and never trailed for the rest of the match.
Corydon stayed with Providence in game three thanks to several kills by Shireman and Shireman, but too many hitting mistakes hurt the Lady Panthers in the end, 21-15.
“We need to take more pride in our offensive ability,” Briscoe said. “We play some really good defensive teams, but I feel very confident that we can score when we want to.
“We’re doing some wonderful things here and have very good leadership and chemistry. We have the potential to win any night we go onto the floor. We just have to trust our instincts and play.”
A strong Corydon squad wasted no time in downing South Harrison School Corp. rival South Central last night, 21-7, 21-13, 21-16.
Offensively for the visiting Lady Panthers, Dana Beaven had eight kills and a block for a score (BFS), Jenna Lillpop had four aces and two kills, Jade Best had three kills, two aces and a dink, Beth Shireman had five kills, a BFS and three aces and one ace apiece was carded by Cassie Mathews and Alicia Mosier. Ann Powers also had a kill.
Corydon had 16 hitting errors and five service miscues.
For South, which had 20 hitting errors, Brooke Kingsley came off the bench for three kills and two BFS, Samantha Troutman had two dinks and an ace, Jessica Rinker had two kills, a pair of dinks and an ace and Shannon Bruner chipped in with a kill.
Corydon led gate to wire in the first two frames, but the Lady Rebels kept things close in the third. After being tied at 12-12, the visitors outscored the hosts, 9-4, the rest of the way.