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Volleyball News Update
The second game of the day also brought some great action for the home crowd. Providence women outlasted the Cougars in 4 hard fought sets; 25-15, 25-23, 23-25, 25-16. The first two sets saw some long rallies with the Lady Freemen coming out on top of most of them. Assiniboine did not go down that easy though. With the Cougars controlling most of the third set, the Lady Freeman almost pulled off an improbable comeback. Trailing 21-15, our ladies went on a run backed by great serving from jump server Lauren Toews (Winnipeg, MB). In the end, the Cougars held on and took the set. However, the momentum built by Providence from the end of the third set carried over to the fourth. With a quick lead and sustained pressure, the Lady Freeman took the set and the match. Toews led the way with a very strong outing including 12 kills, 4 blocks and 5 service aces. Ryshytylo also recorded 12 kills, while Penner was strong once again with 33 assists. The team stepped up their defense for the match and tallied 16 digs as a team.
Coach Kyle Guenther noted after the game, "We withstood some great serving and some strong play from their middles. We have been working hard on defense in practices lately and I felt we were able to dig a lot of balls and be in the right position in a lot of rallies. We continue to play some inspired volleyball after the Christmas break and I was very happy with the fight I saw in our girls today."
Peters adds, “We know we will have to be better when we play the teams that we are facing over the next couple of weeks. We are less than three weeks away now from our first official matches of our season in the US, so we need to continue to get better.”
The men’s squad defeated the ACC Cougars 3-0 in the first match (25-23, 25-13, 25-21). Kevin Hildebrand (Bergthal, Paraguay) with 9 kills, 2 blocks; Josh Doerksen (New Bothwell, MB) with 9 kills; and Ewart Krahn (New Bothwell, MB) with 4 aces. In their second match of the day, Providence defeated the Cougars 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-21) with Delmer Krahn (New Bothwell, MB) bringing in 12 kills, 2 aces; Doerksen with 10 kills, Friesen with 3 kills and 4 stuff blocks.
Up next for the Providence Volleyball teams is a home-and-home with the U of W College Wesmen Friday, January 27th (Providence) and Saturday, January 28th (U of W).
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