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Girls Varsity Volleyball 2014 Pre-Season Update

Providence Academy

2788 Carroll Creek Road

Johnson City, TN 37615

(423) 854-9819 Office


Press Release


Date:                August 12, 2014                                   Contact:           Martin Sells

For:                 Immediate Release                                                        Athletic Director



Providence Academy Lady Knights

Girls Varsity Volleyball

2014 Pre-Season Update


Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach - Angie Grizzle

Coach Grizzle coached volleyball at Tri-Cities Christian School and Kingsport Christian School prior to starting the program at Providence Academy at the Middle School level in 1999 and the Varsity program in 2002.  Her career record at Providence is 224-113.


2013-2014 Highlights

  • 2013-2014 Record: 24-12
  • Qualified for Division 1 at the annual NACA Volleyball Tournament
  • Won the Blue Ridge Classic
  • Seniors Lost to Graduation - 3

2014 Outlook

Coach Angie Grizzle is excited about the upcoming season because of the number of returning players.  She will miss the experience of Middle Blocker - Carrie Williams, Defensive Specialist - Carly Stoltzfus, and Outside Hitter - Abigail Brewer, but has a strong line-up with four returning starters.  Returning Outside Hitters Eve Little and Becca Lane, as well as setter Brenna Williams, compliment the strength of the backcourt with Ali Chambers as Libero and Middle Blockers Emma Herrod and Hannah Hollowell.  “We have a strong schedule which is what we want to prepare for the NACA tournament in late October,” said Grizzle.

Upcoming Challenges - Providence opens up the season with a very strong Asheville Christian Academy team on Tuesday, August 12.  They will also play Johnson County, North Greene, Davy Crockett, and Chuckey Doak.  Providence plans to play in three tournaments this year:  the Cyclone Invitational, the Blue Ridge Classic, and the NACA Tournament.


What makes the NACA tournament so special for Providence Academy?  The Providence Academy sports program is not affiliated with a local conference of schools.  The NACA tournament in Dayton Tennessee gives the Providence Academy sports teams a chance to play in an end of the season tournament, a chance to play against some of the best Christian and private school volleyball teams in the nation, and a place where athletes can showcase their talents before college coaches.  Pool play determines the Division in which teams will play.  After pool play teams compete for the NACA championship of the assigned division.  The opportunity to see great volleyball and to compete for a championship is an exciting way to end the season.


What players of significance have graduated from our program?   Elizabeth “Bitz” Fisher was the first Providence graduate to play college volleyball. She played four years at Geneva College in Pennsylvania.  Whitney Turner and Mariah Herington played four years at King University.  Mariah is teaching and coaching Girls Varsity Volleyball at Alpha Omega Academy in Huntsville, TX.  Bitz and Whitney have returned in past years and have run the Middle School Volleyball Camp.   Don Hardcastle was the program’s first student assistant.  He went to college at Tennessee Tech where he also became a volleyball student assistant.  Later Don became an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech. 

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