Monday, February 5, 2018
Playing in front of enthusiastic home crowds, the Providence Pilots volleyball teams won two matches apiece to open their Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference campaigns last weekend.
The Pilots women cruised to a 2-0 record to start the season after dominating both the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers and Les Rouges de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface. Against both opponents the hosts opened with strong sets and proceeded to win each match 3-1. Shayna Staerk led the way with 23 kills and 19 digs over the weekend while Sam Bridle contributed 69 assists and an impressive 9 aces.
Head coach Kyle Guenther acknowledged that while his players seemed nervous at times they eventual found their rhythm. “Heading into the National Christian College Athletic Association Regional Championship next weekend we will need to get back to our better play that we have shown over the last few weeks,” he said.
In men’s action the Pilots prevailed in a 3-2 nail-biter with CMU. Providence trailed in the fourth set before fighting back to win 26-24 and then went on to win the decisive fifth frame 15-11. On Sunday against Saint-Boniface the host team triumphed 3-1. Over the two matches Matt Friesen produced 20 kills and Lucas Pappel put up 48 assists.
Scott Masterson, head coach of the men’s basketball team and Athletics Director at Providence, highlighted his team’s impressive start to the season and thanked the crowd for their support on Saturday and Sunday. “The atmosphere in the gym was amazing and we want to give a special thanks to all of our fans who came out to support our teams and help create an amazing environment in which we could compete,” he said.
Next up for the Pilots women is the coming weekend’s NCCAA Regional Championship in Watertown WI. The men are off until November 9, when they’ll welcome the Red River College Rebels to the Otterburne campus.