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The 2017 team proved it was ready for the challenge of competing for the first time in the 4A postseason bracket following its unprecedented fifth straight trip to the state finals and earning its second state runner-up title in 2016. The 2017 team dropped just one regular season game and set a school record for most consecutive wins and most wins in a season. In the postseason, the Lady Pioneers became the first team in the state to win 2A, 3A and 4A sectional and then regional titles. The team was ranked No. 1 in 4A but lost a hard-fought match at semi-state. The team graduates one senior, Marissa Hornung, who was named an Under Armour First-Team All-American and a Gatorade Player of the Year candidate.

Individual honors:
Marissa Hornung & Courtney Glotzbach – IHSVCA 4A  All State First  Team
Marissa Hornung & Lilly Bivens – IHSVCA All Star & Junior All Star teams, respectively
Ali Hornung – IHSVCA 4A  All State Second Team
Marissa Hornung, Courtney Glotzbach,  Lillian Bivens, and Ali Hornung – All-District Team
Assistant Coach Zach McCrite ’98 – IHSVCA  4A Assistant Coach of the Year
Coach Terri (Blunk) Purichia ’90 – Indiana South Coach of the Year

Coaching Staff:
Terri (Blunk) Purichia ’90

Assistant Coaches:
Zach McCrite ’98
Brandy Denning

JV Coaching Staff:
JV Head Coach Kelly Ranney
JV Assistant Coach: Ryan Neal ’03

Freshman Coaching Staff:
Freshman Head Coach Maria (Cochran) Harritt ’10
Freshman Assistant Coach Charly (Day) Neal ’03

2016-2017 Season Record: 37-2; Ranked No. 1 in 4A

Postseason History last five years:
2A Sectional Champions:   2013, 2014
3A Sectional Champions:  2015, 2016
4A Sectional Champions: 2017
2A Regional Champions: 2013, 2014
3A Regional Champions: 2015, 2016
4A Regional Champions: 2017
2A Semi-State Champions: 2013, 2014
3A Semi-State Champions: 2015, 2016
3A State Runners-Up: 2016
2A State Champions: 2013, 2014
3A State Champions: 2015

Outstanding accomplishments: 31 Sectional titles, fifth all-time in IHSAA history.
2A Mental Attitude Award Winners:
2015 – Audrey Shannon ‘16
2014 – Patricia Mattingly ’15
2013 – Abby Spitznagel ’14
2002 – Charly Day (now Neal) ’03
2001 – Diana Zipp (now Gaddis) ’02

2017 JV Volleyball team

2017 Freshman Volleyball team


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