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PUC vs UofW
The Providence University College Volleyball teams were in tough this weekend against the U of W College Wesmen.
The women’s team from Providence and the Wesmen women were both undefeated going into action on Friday night. Providence was able to hand U of W their first loss of the season in three convincing sets (25-22, 27-25, 25-14).
Lauren Toews (Winnipeg) led the way with 10 kills, 6 blocks and 3 aces and setter Christa Penner (Rosenort) had 24 assists and 2 aces.
The scene shifted to Winnipeg on Saturday where U of W took advantage of playing in their home gym. Despite a slight momentum shift half way through the match, the College Wesmen were the better team in the four set win over Providence (25-22, 25-19, 26-28, 25-20).
Lauren Toews again led in attacking with 10 kills while Heidi Martens (Boissevain, MB) added 9 kills of her own. Katelyn Corbin had 11 digs on defense.
“We played exceptionally well in our win on Friday. We were focused on blocking this week and we were able to shut down a very good offense from U of W. I thought we would be able to take that confidence into Saturdays match but were unable to duplicate that level in their gym. They have a great team and if we aren’t at our best, it will be tough to beat them this year. We have to figure out how to bring the same intensity and passion into every match,” Assistant Coach Kyle Guenther commented after the weekend.
The men from Providence were looking for the upset against the top ranked U of W team. However, the Wesmen flexed their high powered offense on Friday and took advantage of a few careless mistakes from Providence to take the match in three straight sets (25-15, 26-24, 25-15).
Josh Doerksen (New Bothwell) had 7 kills and 3 digs in the match while Joe Essau (Grunthal) added 4 digs and 3 stuff blocks.
The second match of the weekend had U of W winning again in three sets (25-19, 26-24, 25-14). It was an overall better performance from Providence but still were unable to snatch a set of the college Wesmen.
Kevin Hildebrand (Grunthal) had a big day with 8 kills, 2 aces, 2 stuff blocks, and 6 digs while Libero Scott Neuendorff had 5 digs.
“We didn't show up with the right level on Friday. There were just way too many sloppy mistakes. Saturday’s effort level was much better,” says Head Coach Jason Peters. “We are still trying to work on some different line-ups and we are trying some people in different spots to see what our best lineup is. Lots if work to do for sure, but we are getting better.”
Our basketball teams did well too this week as the ladies took it to CMU once again with a 68-41 victory. Freshmen Crystal Harms was the leading stats getter with 32 points and 15 rebounds. The men played a tight game against CMU but fell in the end by a score of 79-63. With a 16 point loss behind them as motivation, the men from Providence look to move forward this weekend as they play three games against NCCAA opponents. Friday’s game will be against NCU, Saturday against Faith Baptist, and Sunday against Trinity Bible College. Follow us on twitter for updates and scores.
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