New Albany volleyball rises to No. 7 in latest 4A coaches poll

Providence remains No. 1 in 3A, CAI No. 2 in 1A

New Albany, behind a 6-0 week and a win in its Ultra Ankle Challenge Saturday, moved five spots to No. 7 in the midseason Class 4A coaches poll released Monday.

On Thursday, the Bulldogs (18-2) fell behind 2-0 to 4A No. 11 Columbus East but rallied for a 3-2 win (23-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-10) behind junior Allyson Cathey’s 34 kills. The Bulldogs then got revenge on Floyd Central at the Ultra Ankle Challenge final Saturday, winning 2-0 (25-22, 25-21) after the Highlanders — 4A’s No. 15 in Monday’s poll — topped New Albany at home last week.

New Albany also beat rival Jeffersonville twice, along with wins over 3A No. 16 Jasper and Columbus North.

Cathey was stellar for the Bulldogs last week. She totaled 53 kills, 18 kills and five blocks Saturday. Cathey boasts a .490 hitting percentage and 326 kills on the season – good for second and third in the state, respectively. The 6-foot-3 junior’s hitting percentage ranks fifth in the country.

Providence remained No. 1 in 3A by a vote. The Pioneers went 2-0 last week to extend their winning streak to 14 games and move to 18-3 overall.

Junior Marissa Hornung had 22 kills to lead Providence to a 3-1 win (21-25, 25-21, 26-24, 26-24) Thursday over Floyd Central. The Pioneers dropped the first set before rallying for the win, getting 45 assists from senior Lexie Libs, who ranks second in the state in assists with 617 on the season.

The thrilling four-set win over Floyd Central came after a 3-0 sweep (25-10, 25-4, 25-9) of Clarksville on Tuesday.

Junior Mia Swearingen had 24 kills against Providence in a losing effort for the Highlanders, who won a highly competitive minute-long rally at one point in the match. Floyd Central went 4-2 last week, which included a win over 3A then-No. 5 Silver Creek. The Dragons are tied for fifth in Monday’s poll.

Christian Academy, tied for No. 1 in last week’s poll, came in at No. 2 in the 1A rankings. The Warriors improved to 14-2 with a sweep of New Washington (25-2, 25-13, 25-7) Friday behind 15 aces from senior Mackenzie Haworth and 10 kills via senior Sierra Rayzor.

Class 4A

Hamilton Southeastern High School           117

Crown Point High School      107

Indianapolis Cathedral High School            92

Lawrence North High School           61

Carmel High School   55

Avon High School      53

New Albany High School      39

New Castle Chrysler High School    35

Penn High School      26

Zionsville High School           25

Columbus East High School 21

Brownsburg High School      14

Center Grove High School    7

Valparaiso High School         3

Floyd Central High School    2

Carroll (Fort Wayne) High School   1

Michigan City High School    1

Munster High School            1

Class 3A

Providence High School        66

Yorktown High School          65

Delta High School      50

Mishawaka Marian High School      35

Bellmont High School            27

Silver Creek High School      27

Andrean High School            24

Leo High School         19

Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger High School  19

Guerin Catholic High School 12

New Palestine High School   10

Indianapolis Bishop Chatard High School  9

Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter            7

Mt. Vernon High School        7

Evansville Memorial High School    3

Jasper High School    3

Brownstown Central High School    2

Class 2A

Wapahani High School         50

Madison-Grant High School 39

Covenant Christian (Indianapolis) 36

Barr-Reeve High School        34

Rochester Community High School 26

Hagerstown High School      22

Alexandria Monroe High School      16

Hammond Bishop Noll High School 13

Muncie Burris High School   12

Cambridge City Lincoln High School           10

Fountain Central High School          5

North Knox High School       4

Covington High School          3

Triton-Central High School  2

Monroe Central High School            2

Wes-Del High School 1

Class 1A

Lafayette Central Catholic High School       68

Christian Academy of Indiana         64

Pioneer High School  43

Cowan High School   38

Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian High School       35

Loogootee High School          30

Tecumseh High School         24

Daleville High School            22

Hauser            21

Springs Valley High School   16

Morgan Township High School        6

Indianapolis Lutheran High School 6

Clinton Prairie High School  4

Frontier High School 2

Seton Catholic (Richmond)  2

Lakewood Park Christian High School        2

Trinity Lutheran       1

Morristown High School       1


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