Volleyball News Update
In exciting news, the men’s volleyball team entered the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) tournament on April 5th, 2012, as the number three ranked team in the United States.
The Providence team fought hard all tournament long, playing some of their best volleyball of the season. In pool play on Thursday, the Canadian team beat out Brown University (Providence, RI) 2-0 (25-16, 25-16), Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ) 2-0 (25-16, 25-12), and Missouri Science and Technology (Rolla, MS) 2-1 (25-14, 22-25, 15-10). Advancing to the Championship Pool on Friday, the Freemen defeated the University of Washington St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) 2-1 (18-25, 25-20, 15-9), and Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA) 2-0 (25-20, 25-22).
Their best match of the year took place in the Quarter-finals against a strong, intimidating and talented team from ARMY, United States Military Academy (West Point, NY). Providence eliminated Army winning two matches straight (25-19, 25-22) and advanced to the semi-finals.
Unfortunately, Head Coach Peters explains “We just couldn’t get past La Crosse [University of Wisconsin] in the semis. We would have matched up very well with Air Force in the final had we made it, but it wasn’t meant to be.” Adding his perspective on the caliber of the tournament, Peters comments, “the field at the tournament was the strongest I have seen in my time as a coach and so I am very proud of our 3rd place finish. We had a tremendous season and this group achieved so much in the process.”
Coach Peters reports, “We could have a good core return next season, and I would expect us to once again enter the season near the top of the nation, with a chance to repeat as NIVC Conference Champs, and hopefully have another good shot at a national title. So, the future is bright.”
Stat leaders for the weekend were Delmer Krahn with 75 kills, 18 digs; Josh Friesen with 45 kills; Kevin Hildebrand with 44 kills, 10 aces and 7.5 stuff blocks, Josh Doerksen with 39 kills, 35 digs; Paul Warkentin with 159 assists, 8 aces, 27 digs; and Ryan Hamm with 23 digs, and a 2.47 passing average.
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