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Roundup: Providence sweeps host Brownstown in sectional opener

Providence's Hanna Mitchell eyes a kill against New Albany earlier this season.

Providence middle blocker Hanna Mitchell eyes a kill against New Albany earlier this season.

Providence extended its postseason win streak in comfortable fashion Tuesday night.

The Class 3A No. 2 Pioneers made quick work of sectional host Brownstown 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-5) to move their postseason record to 24-0 in the past three years. Providence, eyeing a fourth consecutive state championship, hasn’t dropped a set in postseason play during said span.

With the win Tuesday, Providence (29-5) advances to a sectional semifinal matchup with Charlestown (18-11) Saturday at 11 a.m. The winner advances to the sectional title game that night at 7 p.m.

The Pioneers jumped out to a quick lead in the first set Tuesday en route to a comfortable win over the 13th-ranked Braves. The second set, however, was a different story. The Braves held a 15-13 lead before Providence knotted the score at 21-21. The Pioneers then claimed the win via a four-point finish before handling Brownstown in the final set.

Providence has won 10 of its past 11 matches and 27 of its past 30 sets.

North Harrison 3, Southridge 0: Lilly Hatton totaled 14 kills as the Cougars swept the Raiders to open postseason play. Hatton added seven blocks for North Harrison.

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