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Taming the Cougars
Kevin Hildebrand

Freemen sweep ACC twice

11/20 - A short-benched Freemen men’s volleyball team faced off against the Assiniboine Community College Cougars in back-to-back games this past weekend. While the Cougars played with heart, the Freemen gave dominating performances sweeping both matches without ever allowing their opponents to reach the 20-point mark.

The Freemen started strong Friday night and never slowed down. Providence gave a dominant showing in the first set 25-12, and then continued on to take the second in the same fashion 25-15. Providence then fed off a strong performance from sophomore Kevin Hildebrand (14 kills, 5 blocks, 5 aces) to finish the Cougars off in quick fashion, taking the third set 25-14.

Providence and the Cougars then faced off in a re-match Saturday afternoon. While ACC was able to give the Freemen a tighter match, Providence was still able to bring out the broom to complete the two-match, six-set sweep of the Cougars by winning the three consecutive sets with 25-14, 25-18, 25-17 scores. Freemen captain Paul Warkentin led the way offensively with 22 assists.

While the Freemen entered the weekend missing numerous key members, coaches and players alike, fill-in coach Scott Masterson was still happy with his squad’s dominant performance in back-to-back games.

“Despite not having some of the regular starters, the guys came out and played well as a team,” coach Masterson said of his squad. “They played consistent side out volleyball which made it difficult for ACC to generate any sort of momentum. I was definitely happy with how we played this weekend.”

The Freemen next return to action on November 26th when they head to Winnipeg to face the Red River College Rebels.

Written By: Kaiten Critchlow

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