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Flight Report Nov. 8

Monday, November 8, 2021

November 8

Women’s Volleyball vs CMU Blazers
Nov 5th: L 1-3 (21-25, 25-13, 22-25, 24-26)
Nov 6th: W 3-2 (25-17, 25-20, 13-25, 24-26, 15-9)
MCAC Record: 2-1

The Pilots kicked off their home schedule in a matchup with the rival Blazers. “It was incredible to play in front of a home crowd again. With roughly 400 people there for our home opener, the atmosphere was something we missed more than we thought. The nerves were there but the energy was electric.” (Kyle Guenther) Despite the loss, the match was highly competitive in all but the second set, where the Pilots greatly outplayed the Blazers. “This weekend was really fun! It was our first game in the new Niverville facility and the first one with so many fans in a long time. I think the first day, we were a little bit overexcited which led to some nervous play.” (Alex Buhler)

Key Stats:
Maddie Fehr: 19 Kills, 6 Digs, 2 Blocks
Haley Blain: 9 Kills, 6 Aces, 3 Blocks
Taylor Hiebert: 6 Kills, 3 Blocks, 2 Aces

Saturday marked the “Alumni Appreciation” event and a repeat of the previous night’s matchup with the Blazers. In the revenge match, the Pilots were able to close out 3 of the 5 sets, splitting the weekend. “If this weekend was any indication on how this season will go with the Blazers, we are in for some great battles.” Added coach Guenther, “I’m happy with how we responded after Friday’s tough match and how we responded to some mid match adversity on Saturday. We haven’t quite hit our stride yet but it’s early and we are excited for this teams’ potential.”

Key Stats:
Maddie Fehr: 17 Kills, 3 Aces, 6 Digs
Alex Buhler: 11 Kills, 6 Blocks, 2 Aces
Amanda Bergen: 37 Assists, 9 Digs

Men’s Volleyball vs CMU Blazers
Nov 5th: W 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-23)
Nov 6th: W 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 25-21)
MCAC Record: 3-0

It was a weekend for the books for the Pilots men’s volleyball program. Playing in front of near capacity crowds, in the brand-new home game facility in Niverville, MB. The Pilots pulled through with an aggressive 3-1 match win in Friday’s match. The Pilots were led by a trio of vets flying at a high efficiency level on home opening night.

Key Stats:
Austin Anderson: 20 Kills, 3 Errors, 45% Hitting Efficiency, 2 Blocks
Nick Friesen: 11 Kills, 0 Errors, 73% Hitting Efficiency, 3 Blocks

On November 6th, Providence Pilots volleyball alumni night, the squad continued their strong momentum and found ways to capitalize late in each of the three sets. It was a tightly contested, 3-0 match win, to round up the weekend sweep of rival CMU Blazers. Coach Quiring shared his thoughts on the weekend: “it has been over 600 days since the Pilots volleyball programs have taken the court in meaningful conference play. We are extremely grateful for all the work that has gone into the ability to play the sport we all love in a safe and awesome way. There was a lot of new variables in play this weekend that the squad handled well against a very talented Blazers team. Pilots Nation was out in full force and our guys fed off the energy. It’s going to be a battle all season. Now our focus shifts to the next one on Saturday vs Les Rouges.”

Key Stats:
Austin Anderson: 15 Kills, 3 Errors, 36% Hitting Efficiency, 2 Aces
Nick Friesen: 7 Kills, 1 Error
Nate Marten: 6 Kills, 1 Block

Women’s Basketball at CMU Blazers
Nov 5th: L 76-31
MCAC Record: 0-1

The MCAC kicked off the season with a repeat matchup of the 2020 NIAC championship game, between the Pilots and the Blazers. The difference between the two teams in that championship game was a mere basket, but this was not the case in Friday night’s game. The Blazers hit the court running and didn’t stop till the horn sounded. The Pilots did what they could but were outmatched by a deep Blazer roster. “We played hard but couldn’t get the ball in the hoop. We shot poorly from every spot on the floor including the free throw line”, noted coach Coursey. “Fortunately for us, we will see them 5 more times before the playoffs and can adapt to find a way to close the margin.” The Pilots will meet up with Les Rouges for a home and home set this weekend, in hopes of adding a pair of wins to their record.

Men’s Basketball at CMU Blazers
Nov 5th: L 74-64
MCAC Record: 0-1

It was the MCAC regular season opener on Friday night, and the Blazers didn’t disappoint their “home only” crowd. The Pilots battled alongside their rivals, but for poor shot selection and a low shooting percentage, they were unable to pull off a road victory. “On offence, we need to have more discipline to find better shots and grab more rebounds. We were able to get some good team defense, but we must get better in one-on-one coverage. We gave up too many open shots on their shooters”, stated coach Dubreuil. Captain Waedon Dueck added, “As a team, we were lacking energy throughout the entire game. We didn’t have the greatest shot selection, and we didn’t bring enough intensity to match theirs, so we just got beat.” The Pilots head back to the practice court as they prepare for a double header with USB Les Rouges.

Author - Athletics