Thursday, February 15, 2018
With a straight-sets win over the Red River College Rebels on February 8 the Providence Pilots men’s volleyball team assured themselves of at least a second-place finish in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference.
Matt Friesen executed 18 kills in the 3-0 win in Winnipeg, and Lucas Pappel contributed 46 assists and 4 blocks. The Pilots are now just two points back of the first-place Canadian Mennonite University Blazers—the team they’ll host on Friday in their final match of the regular season.
“We played well enough to win this match, but I don’t think we were pleased with our quality of play for this point in the season,” analyzed head coach Scott Masterson following the match. “We have a huge game coming up this Friday against CMU, and we’re looking forward to recognizing our graduating players.”
The Pilots women lost in five sets to the Rebels but remain in first place ahead of Friday’s showdown with second-place CMU. Shayna Staerk put down 20 kills and made 17 digs will LaDawn Friesen added 11 kills and 11 digs.
“Red River has proven to be a tough match for us all season,” remarked head coach Kyle Guenther. “We carried the momentum into the fifth set but couldn’t quite keep the rhythm going. We will look for a strong finish to the regular season on Friday against CMU and hope to go into the play-offs playing our best.”