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Arnal (left) & Hildebrand
In an exciting match on Friday, January 27th, the Providence Men’s volleyball team competed in what could be considered one of the team's best match this season. The College Wesmen team from the University of Winnipeg has proven to be a top contender in the MCAC at this point and despite not being apart of the league, Head Coach Jason Peter’s explains that "his team has set a goal this season of finishing with the best record in Manitoba… so a win against the Wesmen was a must.”

The team was able to overcome the absence of two key members with Libero, Ryan Hamm (Chatham, ON), out with an ankle injury, and fourth year middle hitter, Josh Friesen (Miami, MB) who injured his ankle during the first play of the game. Other team members stepped up in crucial situations that really helped in the 3-2 win (23-25, 30-28, 25-18, 21-25, and 15-13).

The team has yet to play two more Manitoba College exhibition matches this next week against Canadian Mennonite University and then they will head south for the official start of their season. Coach Peters comments, “We still have lots of work to do in terms of our team play, and we need to do a better job in the side-out game in order to prevent runs of points by our opponents. But I have every reason to believe we will continue to improve.”

Top stat getters were Delmer Kahn with 18 kills, 8 digs; Ewart Krahn with 9 kills, 2 blocks, 3 aces, 5 digs; Kevin Hildebrand with 9 kills, 2 blocks, 6 digs; and Bryton Arnal- 5 kills, 4 stuff blocks.


Toews & Martens (right)
Outstanding performance should be credited to the Providence Women’s volleyball team who swept the College Wesmen in both matches on both Friday, January 27 (25-14, 25-7, and 25-20) and Saturday, January 28th (25-19, 25-13, and 25-22). Impressed with his team’s performance, Coach Scott Masterson adds, “This weekend was the best all-round performance from the entire team that we’ve had all year. I’m happy with how we are playing right now heading into the last phase of the season.”

For Friday, top stat getters were Victoria Ryshytylo with 9 kills, 4 blocks, 2 aces; Atira Clunis with 7 kills, 2 blocks; Heidi Martens with 5 kills, 4 blocks, and Christa Penner with 22 assists, 4 blocks, 3 aces.

On Saturday, top stat getters included Ryshytylo with 10 kills, 4 blocks, 2 digs, 2 aces; Clunis with 10 kills; Martens with 5 kills, 3 blocks; and Penner 27 assists, 5 blocks.

Looking forward, Masterson states, “We’re coming into some important games against some big teams and we’re excited to see where things will go for the rest of the season. We are playing with a lot of confidence right now and if we play well and play our game, we have a chance to beat anybody.”

Up next for Providence Volleyball is a home-and-home with the CMU Blazers Wednesday, February 1st (CMU) and Friday, February 3rd (Providence).

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