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Lady Freemen Have Promising Start to Season

Women’s Volleyball team make semi-finals at Trinity Invitational Tournament

A young Lady Freemen Volleyball squad entered the weekend hoping to gain experience and solidify their team play. After a tournament that saw the team get stronger with each game, and lose only three sets by more than six points all weekend, Coach Heidebrecht feels they more than accomplished that goal.

Providence started the six-team tournament Friday afternoon against the host team Trinity. The match saw Providence win three consecutive sets in a convincing manner; 25-13, 25-14, and 25-14. The Lady Freemen then faced Jamestown in what proved to be a much more difficult match-up. Despite a close first set that saw Providence fall just short after pushing Jamestown to extra points, the Lady Freemen were only able to win one set in a loss that saw scores of 27-29, 19-25, 25-21, and 16-25. Providence then finished the day with their final round robin game against North Central University. In a game that saw the Lady Freemen start to gel well against tough competition, the women fought through four close sets 22-25, 23-25, 25-21, and 23-25. The loss left the women with one win and two losses on the day, placing them in fourth at the end of round robin play.

The Lady Freemen then started Saturday with a quarter-final re-match against Trinity. In a dominant performance the women were able to reach the semi-finals after winning three consecutive sets with scores of 25-9, 25-16, and 25-12. However, Providence had their work cut out for them as they had to face a tough opponent in Jamestown in their semi-final match. The Lady Freemen fought hard, but were beat by the stronger team in the end 16-25, 23-25, and 22-25. The loss ended the tournament for the Lady Freemen, but the weekend left Coach Heidebrecht with an optimistic outlook for the season.

“For our first games of the season I saw a lot of potential from the girls.” She commented. “We lost some close games to some experienced teams, but in a couple of weeks I hope to be able to contend with those teams.”

Sophomore middle Vicky Ryshytylo led the team with 53 kills on the tournament, while freshman libero Marianne Singer led with 49 digs. Freshman setter Devon Guenther also had a strong tournament compiling 153 assists over the weekend.

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