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Volleyball News Update
Wednesday's top stat getters: Heidi Martens (Boissevain, MB) with 12 kills; Victoria Ryshytylo (Selkirk, MB) with 8 kills, 4 blocks; Katelyn Corbin (Winnipeg, MB) with 9 digs; and Christa Penner (Rosenort, MB) with 25 assists.
In an electrifying atmosphere, Friday proved to be yet another battle where Providence lost out 2 sets to 3 (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 26-28, and 4-15). The Lady Freemen did improve their passing from Wednesday, but Coach Masterson explains, “We had a lapse in the second set and at the end of the fourth-- and then we fell apart in the fifth. It was a disappointing way to end what I thought was a high-quality match. All things considered, we are taking a lot of positives away from the match. I think any given day we know we can beat this team. We look forward to getting that opportunity.”
Friday's top stat getters: Lauren Toews (Winnipeg, MB) with 12 kills, 6 aces, 3 blocks, 7 digs; Chelsea Needham (Winnipeg, MB) with 8 kills, 5 aces, 3 digs; Ryshytylo with 7 kills, 6 blocks, 2 aces, 2 digs; and Penner hauled in 33 assists, 3 kills, 7 blocks.
In upcoming action, Women’s volleyball will play at Red River College (Winnipeg, MB) on Feb 10 & 11th, 2012 at 6:00pm.
In other news, Providence Men’s volleyball outplayed CMU overall in a solid match on Wednesday night, winning in three sets (25-20, 27-25, 25-13). The team shared a couple lapses in the second set, going down by four or five points at two different times. However, they strung together some timely blocks and good transition play late in the set to ensure a comeback. Head Coach Jason Peters gives credit to sophomore Josh Doerksen (New Bothwell, MB) who “did an excellent job once again playing most of the match for injured libero, Ryan Hamm, and the rest of the guys responded from an offensive perspective to help us pick up the slack.”
Wednesday's top stat getters: Delmer Krahn (New Bothwell, MB) with 14 kills, 2.5 blocks, 2 aces; Paul Warkentin (Steinbach, MB) with 26 assists and 5 digs.
On Friday, the team closed out their MCAC exhibition schedule with their last remaining Manitoba home match of the year. Coach Peters remarks, “It happened to be the final home game for 3 graduating players [Warkentin, Hamm, and Josh Friesen], so our group was motivated to play, and it showed.” Providence controlled the match from the first point on in the opening set, and never looked back. The Freemen defeated CMU 3-0; 25-15, 25-20, and 25-16.
Hamm returned from an ankle injury to lead Providence in serve receive as he has constantly done over the past 4 years (2.43 avg.). Kevin Hildebrand (Berthgal, Paraguay) was the dominant player of the match, leading the team and match in kills, digs, and aces. The game was played out in front of an energetic and packed home crowd. Peters adds, “We will now turn our attention to our league play beginning on Feb 11th at NDSU (Fargo, ND). We have a lot of work to do in the last 3 months of our season, and the intensity is only going to pick up now. But, I am excited about our group and what lies ahead. We are ready for the challenge.”
Friday's top stat getters: Hildebrand with 12 kills, 2 aces, 3 digs; Doerksen with 5 kills, 3 digs; and Steve Schapansky (Niverville, MB) with 5 kills, 4 blocks.
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