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Providence trips NH

The North Harrison Lady Cats’ volleyball season got off to a rough start last week with losses to two high-powered teams, New Albany and Providence. North Harrison is also lacking players this early in the season and is fielding only a varsity unit. Help should be on the way next week as some players returning this season complete enough practices to become eligible to compete.
‘We’ve got a couple of players that don’t have enough practices in yet,’ said North Harrison coach Wes Briscoe. ‘The Auberrys (Brooke and Brandi) have been to a softball camp and they’ll help us out a lot.’
North Harrison actually got the early lead in all three games, but then saw the Lady Pioneers make quick rallies.
The Lady Cats took a lead 5-3 in game one, with Providence making four hitting errors. The Lady Pioneers suddenly raced back to lead 13-6 before Heather Irish killed to stop the run. Providence’s Hayley Koetter got into the net, but the Lady Pioneers rallied again for a 17-10 lead before Irish killed again.
North Harrison managed just four more points in the game, as Providence won, 25-14.
The Lady Cats led by two early in game two, but Providence again rallied as Koetter splashed in two service aces for a 7-6 Providence advantage. The Lady Pioneers again rolled through the game as Katie Knott finished it off with a kill and a 25-10 win.
‘We had a few problems on service reception tonight,’ Briscoe said. ‘That’s something we’ll have to work on.’
The Lady Cats scored the first point in game three, but Providence responded with an 8-0 run. Megan Dean tipped for North Harrison, who bounced back to pull within two, 11-9, following a tip by Bree Shroyer.
The Lady Pioneers’ Laisha Smith and Lindsey Hickerson then killed, giving Providence a four-point lead. The Lady Pioneers misfired on serve and Irish got another tip to keep North Harrison within two, 13-11.
Knott then punched in three straight kills for the Lady Pioneers.
Following a Providence foot fault, Knott drilled in two more and Hickerson added another. The cushion allowed the Lady Pioneers to cruise to the 25-15 win.
Dean led North Harrison with three kills and a service ace, while Irish also had three kills and an ace. As a team, the Lady Cats had just four aces and nine kills. North Harrison misfired on nine serves and had 18 hitting errors.
Knott led Providence with 14 kills, and Hickerson followed with eight kills for the match. Rachel Geiger had six kills and Koetter had five service aces. Providence missed 10 serves and had seven team aces. The Lady Pioneers had 16 hitting errors, but finished with 37 kills.
‘(Knott) really hurt us,’ Briscoe said. ‘She’s the real deal.’
‘I don’t like having two teams like New Albany and Providence at the beginning of our schedule,’ said the North Harrison coach. ‘I’d rather have them more in the middle of the season. It makes it pretty tough. We played pretty well against both of them, though.’