November 8, 2014
Providence Sweeps to Back-to-Back State Championships
Top-ranked Providence rolled to a 3-0 sweep of Southwood to capture its second consecutive Class 2A volleyball state championship at Ball State University’s Worthen Arena.
With the 25-17, 25-14, 25-18 victory, the Pioneers (33-3) extended their post-season win streak to 13 matches over the last two seasons and haven’t dropped a set during that stretch (39-0). It was also Providence’s third straight appearance in the 2A championship match and the third state title in school history (2011 1A girls soccer).
Providence’s Jacquie Hornung led all players with 11 kills followed by Marissa Hornung’s 10 and nine from Taylor Wilson. Patricia Mattingly assisted on 39 of those kills. Emilie Harnish led unranked Southwood (26-14) with seven kills.
Southwood was making its fourth appearance in the state finals, all in the last 11 years, and their second trip to the championship match. Both times (also 2009) resulted in a runner-up finish for the Knights who were coached by Tom Finicle.
Patricia Mattingly named Mental Attitude Award Winner
At the conclusion of the state finals, the IHSAA Executive Committee named Patricia Mattingly of Providence High School as the winner of the Class 2A Mental Attitude Award.
A four year starter for the Pioneers, Mattingly has been named to the ICGSA All-State team every year. This season, Patricia is an Academic All-State member and a nominee for the Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year.
At Providence, Patricia is a Student Ambassador and a member of the National Honors Society. She ranks seventh in her senior class academically, and is also an active member of the Math Team, Spanish and Science clubs, and SADD organization.
She is the daughter of Michael and Jill Mattingly of New Albany, IN. Next fall Patricia plans to attend the United States Naval Academy under a Blue Chip Scholarship where she will study Internet Security and Cyber Warfare.
Each year the IHSAA Executive Committee selects a senior player who was nominated by her principal and coach and was determined to have best demonstrated mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability. The Committee presented $1,000 to Providence High School's general scholarship fund in the name of Patricia Mattingly.