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Volleyball News Update
The Providence women’s volleyball travelled to Bismarck, ND to play in a tournament against NJCAA teams. It was a closely matched game as the Lady Freemen competed against Bismarck State College (26-28; 19-25; 19-25). As the score of the first set shows, this was a tight set that came down to a couple plays. The Providence team was unfortunately unable to take advantage of the opportunities they were given, and after losing the first set, they could not get back into the match. Head coach Scott Masterson comments, “I was happy with how we played in the first set but not happy with how we competed in the last two. We need to learn how to stay positive and keep competing for every point even after losing the first set.”
Stats: Victoria Ryshytylo -7 kills, 3 blocks, 1 ace; Jessica Hamm -6 kills, 2 aces, 1 dig; Chelsea Needham -6 kills, 1 block, 7 digs, 1 ace; Jenna Neufeld -20 assists, 1 ace, 1 block.
In a second match on Saturday morning, Providence returned to the court and made quick work of Dakota College at Bottineau (25-11; 25-13; 25-20). “We won the serving and passing battle in this match and they [Dakota College] had a difficult time producing any sort of consistent attack that troubled us.” adds Masterson. It was a good opportunity to get various players some playing time who came in and performed very well for Providence.
Stats: Lauren Toews -6 kills, 6 aces, 8 digs; Jessica Hamm -5 kills, 2 aces; Victoria Ryshytylo -5 kills, 4 blocks; Amanda Dueck -4 kills, 5 digs; Christa Penner -22 assists.
In the second match of the day, Providence faced off against Dakota County Technical College, a stronger defensive team that kept a lot of plays alive with their outstanding defense. But Providence’s relentless attack was too much and Providence prevailed (27-25; 21-25; 25-19; 25-23) in a hard fought, but never in question, match.
Coach comments: “In this match, we finally started to learn what it means to earn each point. This team forced us to have to work hard just to earn a point and it was good for us to have to go through that. We played fairly well throughout the match and our consistency and offensive options helped us feel as though we were always in control of the match.”
Stats: Christa Penner -44 assists, 3 digs, 2 blocks; Victoria Ryshytylo -14 kills, 3 blocks, 5 digs; Lauren Toews -14 kills, 7 digs, 6 blocks; Chelsea Needham -10 kills, 16 digs; Katelyn Corbin -22 digs.
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