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Sweepin’ the Decks
Hamm goes up for a kill

01/22 - After a rough weekend against the ACC Cougars in their last matches, the Lady Freemen hoped to give a better performance when they hosted the St. Boniface Voyageurs over the past weekend’s outings. And they succeeded.

The Lady Freemen gave an impressive performance Saturday afternoon sweeping the Voyageurs in three straight sets without letting their opponents hit the twenty-point mark with scores of 25-14, 25-16, 25-19. Providence continued their momentum into Sunday’s match as well, sweeping the games again with 25-15, 25-18, 25-21 scores.

Freshman Christa Penner (for Providence) started the game off right as she bombed out seven straight serves, including an ace, to lead her squad to an early 7-0 lead. The Lady Freemen then cruised through the rest of the set with strong team play to take it 25-14.

Amanda Dueck (3 aces, 3 kills, 3 digs) put together her own string of services in the second set to help Providence gain another dominant lead early on. With such strong on-court play, new-comer Annemarie Kaethler took the court midway through the set and controlled the game to help Providence finish off the set 25-16.

The Voyageurs were able to fight back hard at the beginning of the third set, but Madi Stott let out a howitzer for a kill late in the set to get Providence the momentum back and finish off the set 25-19 for a three-set match victory.

“It was a balanced attack today which was nice to see,” assistant coach Kyle Guenther says. “I thought we did fairly well to stay in it mentally. We needed to cut down the errors on our side of the net...and I was happy with how we executed that down the stretch. Other Lady Freemen with big matches were Jessica Hamm (6 kills, 3 digs) and Victoria Ryshytylo (6 digs, 3 kills).

Providence then continued their momentum and strong service play into their re-match on Sunday. They got off to another early lead to start their first set and never looked back, taking it 25-15. St. Boniface put forth a much better effort forcing Providence to play amazing team defense. The defense was led by Dueck (5 kills, 3 aces, 4 digs) and with a huge crowd-diving save Providence was able to ward off the Voyageurs attack (25-18).

Once again the Voyageurs put up a fight in the third set, and the two sides countered one another early to keep within two points of each other until St. Boniface took a late 18-16 lead. Providence took a key time out to settle their play and put down two rifling kills from freshman Chelsea Needham (10 kills, 2 aces, 3 digs) to finish the match off with a 25-21 set score after going on a 9-3 run.

“We did miss quite a few serves to help keep them in the match,” assistant coach Guenther commented. “However we served an astounding 11 aces. I am extremely proud of how Annemarie was able to come in and have a successful outing after minimal practice and from being absent from the game for a couple years. And the fight the girls showed at the end was also encouraging. It showed a lot of character.”

Providence will next return to action next weekend when they face the Red River Rebels in Winnipeg.

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