Volleyball News Update
In exciting news, the Providence Women’s Volleyball won their NCCAA regional tournament beating out Trinity Bible College (25-18, 25-15, 25-18) in the final. The team will advance to play in the NCCAA National Tournament Thursday, November 10-Saturday, November 12, 2011 in Kissimmee, Florida.
For their opening match in the double elimination play-offs, the Lady Freemen defeated the NCU Rams who they had previously beaten 3 sets straight in the regular season. The team put forth a strong performance as they swept the game once again (25-19, 25-23, 25-20). Top stat getters were Victoria Ryshytylo with 7 kills, 7 blocks, 2 aces, Atira Clunis with 6 kills, 5 blocks, 1 ace, Christa Penner with 20 assists and Katelyn Corbin with 25 digs.
The team advanced to play the TBC Lions who had been ranked top 10 in the nation at various times throughout the season. Coach Masterson comments, “Trinity came out and played one of their best matches of the season” and when coupled with some unrhythmic play by Providence, the Lions defeated the Lady Freemen 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 21-25). Top stats: Victoria Ryhshytylo- 16 kills, 4 blocks; Atira Clunis- 10 kills, 2 blocks, 8 digs; and Christa Penner- 36 assists, 9 digs, 2 aces.
With the loss, this meant Providence had to go over to the B side and would have to win all day Saturday in order to advance to Nationals. Meeting NCU for a second time, Providence went to work and defeated the Rams 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-9). Top stats: Victoria Ryshytylo- 8 kills, 6 digs, 2 blocks; Heidi Martens- 8 kills, 1 block; Jenna Neufeld- 33 assists; and Katelyn Corbin- 21 digs.
Upon progressing to the first final against TBC, the Lady Freemen took control for much of the match. However, they allowed the second set to slip, which proved costly as they could not execute in the fourth. The team came out strong in the fifth set and finished strong (3-2; 25-20, 27-29, 25-20, 10-25, 10-25, 15-13). Top stats: Victoria Ryshytylo- 16 kills, 5 blocks, 5 digs, 4 aces; Lauren Toews- 14 kills, 2 blocks, 18 digs, 4 aces,; Heidi Martens- 8 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs; Atira Clunis- 10 kills, 2 blocks, 12 digs, 1 ace; Jenna Neufeld- 41 assists, 3 digs, 3 aces; and Katelyn Corbin- 26 digs.
After this win, a weight was lifted off the shoulders of the Providence squad, and with a few tiny adjustments, the lady Freemen went on to defeat the Lions 3 sets straight (25-18, 25-15, 25-18) in the second final to advance to Nationals. Top stats: Victoria Ryshytylo- 10 kills, 5 blocks, Atira Clunis- 9 kills, 11 digs, 3 aces; Amanda Dueck- 7 kills, 2 blocks, 9 digs, 2 aces; Lauren Toews- 7 kills, 3 blocks, 7 digs,; Jenna Neufeld 35 assists, 1 block, 3 digs, 3 aces; and Katelyn Corbin- 21 digs.
Capturing All-Region team selections for Providence were Heidi Martens (Region Most Valuable Player), Victoria Ryshytylo, and Lauren Toews. Over the weekend, Ryshytylo totaled 57 kills, 29 blocks, 11 digs, 6 aces; Toews pitched in 49 digs, 40 kills, 10 blocks, 9 aces, and coming off an injury Martens totaled 30 kills, 6 blocks, 2 digs. Defensive specialist Katelyn Corbin also brought in 119 digs for the tournament. Head Coach Scott Masterson received Coach of the Year for the North Central Region.
Coach Masterson comments, “I’m very happy with how we fought throughout the entire weekend. We learned what it is like to have to work together and we showed great character and heart. I’m excited to see what we can do at Nationals.”
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