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It’s Hamm’er Time

Ryan Hamm outstanding defensively as Freemen open NCVF National Tourney undefeated

The Freemen started off their run for the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) National Championship by going undefeated in opening day action. In early round-robin play in the 48 team tournament, the Freemen knocked off the University of Washington, Sienna College, and the prestigious Yale University in succession.

The Freemen started the day off by making quick work out of the University of Washington. Providence took the first set 25-16, and then the second with an identical score to earn their first win of the day. Sophomore Ryan Hamm put in an outstanding defensive effort and grinded out 5 digs, while the freshmen duo of Delmer Krahn (10 kills) and Kevin Hildebrand (5 kills) led the squad offensively.

Providence continued to cruise as they faced Sienna College. After jumping out to an early lead, the Freemen closed out the set with a 25-12 score, and then decided to keep it consistent by taking the second set with an identical 25-12 score. Freshman Dallen Klassen rifled out 6 kills, while Krahn had a team-high 8 kills to lead the Freemen offensively.

The last match of the day saw the Freemen compete against the one and only Yale University in what proved to be their toughest challenge yet. Looking weary from the long day, the Freemen let Yale get a jump on them early in the first set. Yale then took advantage of the lead and stole the first set 25-15. However, the loss woke up KK & co., as Klassen and Krahn combined for 22 kills to lead the Freemen offensive onslaught in the final two sets, as the Freemen took them 25-15 and 17-15 to earn the come-from-behind victory. Captain Paul Warkentin led the team defensively with two key stuff blocks and 5 digs.

The day’s events gave the Freemen the exact start to the tournament that they needed. After two easy victories, Providence persevered against one of the toughest match-up’s in their pool, and hope to keep their momentum rolling into tomorrow’s games.

Meanwhile, Freemen coach Jason Peters left the game impressed by his team’s ability to play in the big-tournament atmosphere.

“We had a good effort today,” Coach Peters commented via email. “Playing in this kind of environment, took as a while to get use to.” (There are 38 courts being used at once. All under one roof and in one room)

“We were not really sharp for much of the day, but the guys were able to gut out a big win against a very good opponent in Yale University. Delmer Krahn continues to lead us offensively, while we received really solid contributions from Dallen Klassen and Ryan Hamm. BJ Harder came off the bench against Yale and was absolutely huge for us in the back row and from the serving line.”
Looking forward to tomorrow’s action Coach Peters knows that the wins won’t come as easily, but is confident that his squad will be able to handle the competition.

“We will have our hands full on Friday with two very tough opponents in our pool,” Peters said. “But the guys are up for the challenge, so we are excited about our opportunity.”

*All matches played were best-of-three format

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