Monday, October 1, 2018
Pilots volleyball hit the road this past week and headed out west to play in the Red Deer College volleyball invitational. The teams played some of the best competition in the west and came up with some tough challenges.
The women’s Pilots results were as follows:
PUC vs Grand Prairie. Loss 3-1 (25-16, 25-17, 27-29, 25-13)
PUC vs Kings University def. Loss 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-19)
PUC vs Keyano College def. Loss 3-2 (25-10, 25-12, 23-25, 21-25, 15-12)
PUC vs Lakeland College def. Loss 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-15)
Despite the losses there were some great stats shown by the Pilots especially Danella Alvaro(Senior Left Side) who had – 34 Kills, 25 Digs, 6 Aces and Katy Warkentine (Sophomore Middle) had – 16 Kills, 10 Blocks, 5 Aces.
Coach Kyle Guenther, said, “The weekend in Red Deer was definitely a learning experience for us. Our young team is still finding out a lot about ourselves. Even though we didn’t come away with a victory, we can take a lot from these games. We were facing off against some of the best teams in Canada and showed we can compete with them throughout the weekend. We did play some great volleyball at times but struggled to do so for a whole match. As we are getting into more matches in the coming weeks, we will look to put more consistent performances together.”
For the men’s side they too experienced some very tough competition and faced the same fate.
PUC vs SAIT. Loss 0-3 (21-25, 19-25, 10-25)
PUC vs Douglas College. Loss 0-3 (16-25, 21-25, 29-31)
PUC vs Kings University. Loss 0-3 (13-25, 17-25, 16-25)
PUC vs Red Deer College. Loss 0-3 (16-25, 13-25, 10-25)
Matt Friesen a fifth year left side had this to say about the weekend, saying, “This weekend was a great opportunity for us to compete with some of the top college teams in the country. We were challenged a lot and able to compete at a very high level. Overall, we have a very young team with a lot of potential this year. This was a valuable learning experience for us and I am excited to see what the upcoming season has in store for our young, talented, team.”
Head coach Scott Masterson commented saying “with being such a young, inexperienced, team we really struggled with consistency and any small mistakes were taken advantage of as each team we played this weekend were playing high quality volleyball. They served tough and passed extremely well, causing us to consistently be out of system and they seemed to always be in-system themselves. Often, it is great to play against tougher competition as it highlights the areas of the game that you need to work on and it forces you to play above your current level. That being said, we weren’t able to raise our level consistently enough to give ourselves many opportunities to win a set. We definitely saw the potential that we have as a group as we had moments of very high level volleyball. So our job over the course of this season is to find ways of bringing out that level more consistently. It’s exciting to work with a good mix of veteran and freshman players and I’m looking forward to the challenge of the season.”