Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Following Friday’s straight-sets loss to Les Rouges de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface on Friday the Providence Pilots men’s volleyball team moved back into a share of first place in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference standings with a 3-0 triumph over the Red River College Rebels on Saturday.
Lucas Pappel continued his strong season with 35 assists and 4 digs in the win, while Matt Friesen executed 16 kills. The Pilots are now 8-2 on the season—level on 16 points with Canadian Mennonite University.
“We brought a lot of energy and attitude to the match against Red River, but we still need significant improvement in our level of execution and in certain areas of the game,” remarked head coach Scott Masterson. “We will continue to work hard during this short second half of our season and hope to peak at the right time.”
The Pilots women also went through the weekend 1-1, albeit with opposite results from the men. They prevailed 3-1 at USB on Friday before falling 3-2 to the Rebels on Saturday. Shayna Staerk put down 31 kills and added 24 digs over the two matches while LaDawn Friesen contributed 18 kills and 8 blocks.
“I was pretty happy with how we competed and the energy we brought to the weekend,” analyzed head coach Kyle Guenther. “Against Saint-Boniface we started off with our best volleyball in months. On Saturday we again started well and took the first two sets. Red River out-worked us in the second half of the match and found ways to score that they hadn’t in the first couple of sets. We need to find some consistency to have success against a lot of good opposition in the MCAC.
The women remain atop the MCAC standings with a 7-3 record. Both they and the men will next play two matches at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon this Friday and Saturday.