‘Stott’ and Stare
Madi Stott helps lead two-win weekend
10/18 - The Lady Freemen hosted Bottineau College in their home-opener Wednesday evening, and then travelled to Winnipeg to face their first MCAC competition of the year in the form of the Red River Rebels.
Wednesday’s home-opener featured an exciting back-and-forth match. Bottineau took control of the first game against the Lady Freemen as they jumped out to an early 13-5 lead, and then fought off a 5-point rally from Providence to take the set 25-19. However, the poor performance in the first set seemed to light a fire under the Lady Freemen squad and they started the second set with a 5-0 run that was capped off by an emphatic spike from freshman Madi Stott. Providence then continued their dominance in the set, made few errors, and sophomore Heidi Martens clinched the set, 25-10, with a thunderous spike into central-court.
Bottineau responded by taking a 10-6 lead early in the third set, but the Lady Freemen were able to close the gap before it widened too large this time, and brought themselves to within two at 23-21. Madi Stott then took control of the set, as she served to earn the last four points, including an ace to win the set, and lead Providence to their second set win with a 25-23 score.
The fourth set proved to be a close one once again, with both sides taking a turn holding onto the lead. However, the Lady Freemen were once again the team able to find the finishing touch as freshman Christa Penner clinched the set, 25-23, and the match, 3-1, with an unreturned service.
Providence then faced the Red River College Rebels in Winnipeg on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Freemen rode their strong play from Wednesday into the game, as they controlled play throughout the match, slipping only in the second set.
Providence took the first set 25-19, but then went on to fall victim to a lack of focus in the second, allowing the Rebels to steal the set with a reciprocal 25-19 score. However, just as on Wednesday, the lost set seemed to spark the Lady Freemen rather than demoralize them. Penner (3 aces, 34 assists) put in a strong third set, as she calmed down the offense with a strong set-distribution, while junior Vicky Ryshytylo (8 kills, 1 ace) showed off her striking power in the fourth, and the Lady Freemen took the games with 25-13 and 25-16 scores respectively to earn a 4-set victory.
Providence’s next game will see them host the CMU Blazers in the Providence gym on Wednesday at 6pm.
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