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Freemen Sweep on Opening Weekend

Providence men’s volleyball needs only 6 sets to take first two games of the season

11/22 – The Freemen men’s volleyball squad entered their season-opening weekend looking to be competitive against two teams that have been in action since October. By the weekend’s end it was clear Providence did more than simply compete as they swept both the Canadian Mennonite University and Assiniboine Community College squads in 3 sets apiece while on the road.

The Freemen opened up their season with a match against their MCAC rivals in the CMU Blazers. Providence was unsure of what to expect as they also had multiple players on a week of rest following their soccer season, but they were able to take control of the game early on and showed that they were already an improved team from last year in only their first set of the season. Sophomore Josh Friesen belted out multiple kills in the set as the Freemen took it 25-20. The Freemen then had another strong set as they took it with an identical 25-20 score. However, CMU started to step up their passing game in the third set, just as Providence seemed to slow down, and CMU jumped out to an early 14-9 lead. But it was the Freemen who once again owned the finishing touches as they rallied back to take the set 25-20 to finish the game in only three sets.

Providence then travelled to the CUSB gym to play ACC on a neutral site Saturday night. The Freemen once again left little doubt in anyone’s mind as to who the dominant team was on the night as they took the game quickly in three sets 25-20, 25-15, and 25-13. The team was led by strong performances from sophomore BJ Harder and setter Paul Warkentine.

Providence Freemen head coach Jason Peters was impressed by his team’s ability to perform at a high level early on in the season, but realizes that they still need continued improvement in order to compete in the latter stages of the year.

“Overall, we had a good start to our season,” Coach Peters said. “I was impressed with our tough serving and with the steady effort over the two matches. We have a great deal of work to do, and we will need to improve greatly, but I believe that we took a positive first step in this regard. Our guys competed well, especially considering that our opponents had all been in to the full swing of their seasons for the past two months while we have had the team together less then 10 times so far.”

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