Volleyball News Update
Strong play by the men’s volleyball team paid off and resulted in a big win against the CUSB Voyageurs on Friday, December 2nd (3-0; 25-15, 25-17, 25-23). The Freemen passed the ball exceptionally well, and served even tougher. Red River was unable to mount any kind of offense as a result of their inability to pass the ball. Stat grabbers for the team included Delmer Krahn with 13 kills, Kevin Hildebrand with 7 kills, Josh Friesen with 6 kills, 2 stuff blocks, and Paul Warkentin with 34 assists and 3 aces.
The tables turned on Saturday and it was a bit of a “tale of two teams” scenario. Coming off great play Friday night, the Freemen were not able to pass and be as sharp offensively on Saturday. The team started out strong in the first set, but did a poor job of serving tough about mid-way through set 1 and ultimately paid for it. Red River’s serve receive was tremendous and they managed to find their offensive groove. Providence struggled with a few lapses throughout sets 2 and 3, giving up a run of 4 points in each of the sets (which was the margin of loss). The end results was a 1-3 loss for the Freemen (25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 26-28). Stat getters were Delmer Krahn with 15 kills, Ewart Krahn with 15 kills, and Kevin Hildebrand with 13 kills, 3 blocks and 4 digs. Head Coach, Jason Peters, comments, “Red River has been the best MCAC team in Manitoba over the past few years, and even though we are not a member of the MCAC, we like to use them as a measuring stick for our progress, so we will take the 1-1 record. But we really missed an opportunity to get up 2-0 on them in the season series.”
Overall, Providence finished strong for the first semester. Peters adds, “We have dealt with injuries to 4 different starters throughout the first half, but have come through it stronger, with some of our younger players getting valuable experience and making solid contributions to our team.” The team looks forward to their “regular” season beginning in the States after Christmas.
Fortunately, the team came together on Saturday and played more like themselves. The Lady Freemen defeated the Rebels 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-23, and 25-15). Top stat getters were Victoria Ryshytylo with 15 kills and 5 blocks; Jessica Hamm with 7 kills and 4 blocks.
Next action for Providence volleyball will commence January 13, 2012 against the St. Boniface Voyageurs.
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