Women’s Volleyball Opens Season
Providence go 0-4 in tough tourney to start season
Providence women’s volleyball squad travelled to Briercrest, AB this weekend to face ACAC & CCAA competition against Briercrest College and Medicine Hat College in an exhibition tournament. The tourney marked the team’s first competition of the season with a young squad.
“We knew we were going to have to be patient and focus on using this weekend as a way to get some solid playing time for all of our players,” Lady Freemen head coach Scott Masterson commented. “We have only three returning players and a very young team, so this was going to be a big learning curve.”
The Lady Freemen started off the weekend against Medicine Hat College, and their inexperience showed through as they fell victim to numerous unforced errors. The squad also failed to find their passing game, and Medicine Hat moved on to an easy 3-0 match victory.
Providence then faced Briercrest College later that evening, and repeated many of the mistakes from their previous match. Unforced errors and an inability to respond to the strong service game from Briercrest eventually led to another 3-set sweep.
However, the ladies were able to move into Saturday’s matches with much more confidence and fluidity on the court.
The day began with a re-match against Medicine Hat, and the Lady Freemen came flying out of the gates. Providence took the first set, and then were only two points away from taking the second before Medicine Hat mounted a comeback to steal the set. The Lady Freemen then continued to play much more competitive ball, but Medicine Hat was still able to come away the victors, taking the match 3 sets to 1.
Providence finished the day by matching up with the host, Briercrest College, one last time. The Lady Freemen continued to improve as a team, as they cut down on unforced errors and found their passing game against a very strong Briercrest side. The two squads then engaged in tight battle that saw Briercrest take the first two sets, while the Lady Freemen responded by taking the next two. However, Briercrest was able to outlast Providence in the end, and they took the fifth set to win the match 3-2.
While the Lady Freemen left the weekend 0-4, head coach Scott Masterson still left pleased with his team’s ability to improve and compete with such high quality clubs in such an early stage of the season.
“Overall, I am very pleased with how the weekend went,” coach Masterson said. “I think the girls learned a lot and came together as a team a lot quicker than I had anticipated.”
“I am very excited to see how much this team will be able to improve by the end of the year.”
The women’s volleyball squad next sees action when they play CMU in an exhibition game this Wednesday, September 29th at MCI in Gretna, MB at 6:30 PM.
Notes: Junior Victoria Ryshytylo averaged 6 blocks and 8 kills per match, while freshman Chelsea Needham averaged 6 kills and 6 digs per match to lead Providence statistically.
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