CLARKSVILLE, IN (WDRB) – 18-year-old Jacquie Hornung knows her high school athletic experience has been a bit unusual. Hornung has never experienced a season on the Providence Volleyball team that didn’t end with a trip to the state title game.
“We are kind of spoiled,” said Hornung. “But it’s nice.”
They’re used to winning but don’t twist her words. Providence has worked extremely hard for its success.
“We’ve set the precedent the last couple years, if you don’t make it to the championship match, it's a failure of a season,” said head coach Terri Purichia.
Fortunately this team hasn’t experienced much failure of any kind.
They’ve won the last two state titles, going 120 -15 over the last four seasons. In each of those four seasons, they've played in the state championship game.
They’ve been so good, the IHSAA actually moved the Pioneers from 2A to 3A at the start of the season.
“They loved that challenge of moving up to a higher class,” said Purichia. “They’ve loved that challenge from the beginning.”
This season, the Pioneers have gone 36-3, one victory shy of a school record. A victory they hope will come Saturday in the state title game.
“To finish something we’ve had our mind on all year is very important to us,” said Hornung.
Providence plays Yorktown Saturday at Ball State.
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