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Ryan Started the Fire
Setter Warkentin in action

2/4 - The Freemen volleyball squad bounced back Friday when they hosted the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-23) sweep after losing Wednesday to the always competitive MCAC rival.

Providence started out slow, continuing the uncharacteristically inconsistent play that has hindered the team as of late. Poor service and a lack of composure saw the squad fall behind 24-18 early. However, Ryan Hamm (4 digs) sparked the squad with some huge defensive plays while the rest of the players began to hit their spots to finish off the set, and the Freemen pulled off the unthinkable comeback, scoring eight straight to win the set 26-24.

The Freemen then used the momentum to continue their strong play into the second set. Providence returned to their typical strong side-out hits they had been missing recently, and, even though the Blazers continued to provide strong competition, Providence took the set 25-22.

The Blazers kept it interesting in the third set, staying tight with the Freemen until late in the set. However, Josh Friesen (11 kills) heated up late and helped lead the squad to the clutch points as they took the set 25-23 and the match in three straight sets. Delmer Krahn also had a strong 11 kill game in his first start since coming back from injury, while ‘Mr. Consistent’ Kevin Hildebrand continued his strong play with 11 kills.

After seeing the team struggle in the last while, Freemen head coach Jason Peters was pleased to see his squad return to their old form. “Krahn was back for his first start since his knee surgery before Christmas and provided us with a real spark,” Peters says. “In addition, Paul Warkentin called and executed a strong match for us, giving our attackers, especially our middles, great opportunities to score.

“We are ready to get our American play started and I am very optimistic that, if we continue to improve at the rate that I think we are capable of, we will have a shot at reaching our goals.”

The win came after a disappointing 3-1 match loss against the Blazers on CMU’s home court Wednesday night. The squad played a poor game as they struggled to receive and serve well, and made simple errors uncharacteristic of a squad under the tutelage of coach Peters’. Krahn and Hildebrand both had seven kills while Dallen Klassen racked up six kills and five digs.

The Freemen will next return to action on Feb. 17 when they host the Red River College Rebels at 6 p.m.

-Kaiten Critchlow


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