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Freemen Washed Away by Red River
Rebels take Providence in 4 sets
The Providence Freemen Men's Volleyball travelled to Winnipeg Friday night to face the Red River Rebels in hopes of avenging last week’s three-set loss. However, despite a quick start, the Freemen weren’t able to keep their momentum as they fell in four sets (16-25, 25-16, 26-24, 25-17) to a stronger Rebels side.
“We showed some signs of improvement over our last match with Red River,” Freemen Coach Jason Peters said after the game. “However, as has been the case so far this year, we still struggled with periods of inconsistency that cost us the match.”
The Freemen started the game strong as they came out hard, determined not to face the same fate as last weekend. Behind the continued strong play of freshman Delmer Krahn (10 kills, 4 digs), Providence was able to take the first set with a dominant 25-16 score. However, the Freemen seemed to take a step back in the next set as they allowed the Rebels to take advantage of multiple defensive errors en route to their own 25-16 set win.
In the third set the play finally lived up to the pre-game hype surrounding the battle between Manitoba’s top two college teams. Both teams seemed to have an answer for the other’s rally, and the two squads gave the fans a show more than worth the admission as they took the set into extra points. However, the Rebels once again had the finishing touch as they stole the set from the Freemen 26-24.
The Freemen then entered the fourth set hoping for the night’s events to turn-around, but it was apparent that the wind had left their sails as the Rebels once again took advantage of Providence’s inconsistent play and won the set 25-17 to take the match.
“For stretches we controlled the play and we were able to be quite effective,” Coach Peters commented. “We are just not where we need to be at this point as a team in order for us to beat top competition. Primarily, we need to block better and play better defense around it.”
Even though the loss was a tough pill to swallow, Coach Peters is still not ready to hit the panic button as he realizes that the team can now use the Christmas break to fine tune their defensive strategy.
“The holidays will give us some time off. Then we will come back to the meat of our season where we have a busy January in Manitoba before concentrating on our conference play in the States in mid-February.”
Other notable players in Friday’s action were junior Jesse Lofthouse with 10 kills and 4 aces, and sophomore Ryan Hamm who pulled out 8 digs.
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