Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Providence Volleyball at College of the Rockies, Cranbrook, BC
Results: WVB – L 1-3 & W 3-1; MVB – W 3-2, L 1-3.
The Pilots volleyball programs made the long trek to Cranbrook, BC for their first taste of competition in over 600 days with some exhibition action against the College of the Rockies. Both the women and men’s teams played the Pacwest’s interior team, COTR Avalanche and came away with 1-1 records each, respectively. The Pilots teams gain momentum in each match as they battled tough CCAA competition in their first matches of the year with stand out performances on the Friday afternoon, Maddie Fehr (6 kills, 7 digs) and Austin Anderson (14 kills, 1 ace, 1 block) while Friday evenings key contributors included, Tyra Peters (10 kills, 3 aces and 5 digs) for the women and Nate Martin (9 kills and 6 digs) for the men. Men’s head coach Cody Quiring expressed his excitement for the process after the weekend of exhibition noting, “this was a great first step amidst our season long journey towards MCAC championships and a hopeful CCAA nationals birth. While there are some key areas to continue focusing on, this weekend was a good vantage point of the ability the program has keeping stride with solid CCAA opponents and to find success. The squad is looking forward to the next one.”
Providence Soccer vs Brandon University
Results: WSOC L 1-4, MSOC Tie 1-1
MCAC Record: WSOC 5-4-0, MSOC 6-1-2
Coming off a big rivalry win vs the CMU Blazers in a mid-week tilt on October 6th, The Pilots women soccer team travelled to Brandon for a massive Saturday match vs the Bobcats as playoff tensions continue to mount. The women played a hard fought game and kept it close until the late minutes where the Bobcats stormed away to a 1-4 final score line. Holding it tight was goal scorer, Anna Green with the lone Pilots goal on October 16th.
The Pilots men’s team controlled the first half of the game against the Bobcats but couldn’t find the opportunities to capitalize finishing with a 1-1 draw to keep ahold of top spot of the MCAC standings. Key players for the men on the 16th were Garreth Rayner finding the back of the net for the only goal and solid defense throughout the game by Sean Kirkpatrick. Coach Passi share his disappointment in the tie and hammered home the importance of defense, “If we could have been a bit more clinical with our numerous chances in the first half we would be sitting pretty right now. That's how soccer is though, if you don't finish a team off, they can come back and score a beauty goal off their only chance all game. The good news is our defense was solid and we still lead the league. We just have to finish out with wins now, which won't be easy against two solid teams.”
Providence Volleyball at Medicine Hat College
Results: WVB – W 3-2; MVB – L 1-3.
In the final match of the trip out West, the Pilots volleyball programs travelled back from Cranbrook, BC., to Medicine Hat on the 16th to face off in matches vs the ACAC’s Medicine Hat Rattlers. The women’s team continued their strong outing from the night before with high execution and energy to steal a 3-2 win vs the CCAA competitor. The men battled through some injuries in a highly contested, high flying and close fought 4 set loss to the Rattlers. Key contributors for Saturday’s matches were: WVB – Haley Blain (12 kills, 12 digs and 4 aces) along with Alex Buhler (7 kills, 4 blocks and 2 aces) while the Pilots men saw great outings from Adrian Kalyniuk (28 assists, 2 kills and 2 blocks) and Hudson Barkman (2 aces, 2 kills, 1 block, 2 digs and passed a 2.1). As the bus trip concluded, women’s head coach Kyle Guenther share that “this was overall an extremely successful trip for us. To snag wins against two great programs from the Pacwest and the ACAC was a great way to start the year. We played really well for the majority of the weekend and have so many positives to take from these matches. Additionally, getting to experience a road trip brought our team closer and built character to set us up well moving forward. This is a fun group that will be a joy to coach this year.”
Providence Soccer vs Assiniboine Community College
Results: WSOC W 13-1, MSOC W 8-2
MCAC Record: WSOC 6-4-0, MSOC 7-1-2
The Pilots were back in action with 24 hours rest against the ACC Cougars. Both the women and men showed ways to score through the afternoon netting a total of 21 goals combined between the programs. The women were able to bounce back after a tough road loss the day before and stepped into another gear as they netted 13 goals behind Winkler, Manitoba product Anna Green’s 3 goals.
The Pilots men also found a new rhythm on Sunday while battling the Cougars in what may be a crucial win as it comes down to the wire in conference standings. The Pilots had contributions from six different goal scorers in their route of the Cougars on the 17th with key impact coming from the veteran, Giovanni Benitez with two goals of his own.
As the weekend wrapped up, women’s head coach Tory Walker shared his thoughts on the intense week and moving ahead: “It was a good couple games for us, the team is really starting to figure out our system and we show a lot of ability to score goals when we stick to our system. The only negative is our team has struggled playing in Brandon. The field is small, and bouncy so we will need to make some adjustments if we are hoping to push for the MCAC Championship which is being held in Brandon in a few weeks. I am proud of how this group has adapted this season, and I am looking forward to finishing off the season strong.”
The Pilots soccer teams will matchup with the Les Rouges in Winnipeg this Wednesday before capping off the regular season at home with a crucial game vs the CMU Blazers. Be sure to come check out senior recognition weekend for both men’s and women’s soccer student-athletes at the Providence soccer complex on Sunday, October 24th.