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Pilots Flight Report: Men's Volleyball November 23-24

Monday, November 26, 2018

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Pilots Volleyball drove to Brandon, Manitoba this past Friday and Saturday to play Assiniboine Community College in two games in two days. On the men's side we saw a split decision with 1 win 1 loss. Read about it below.

Game #1

Date: Friday, November 23, 2018
Opponent: Assiniboine Community College Cougars
Location: Assiniboine Community College
Score: PUC (2-0) def ACC (3-3) 3-1 (25-20; 25-27;26-24; 25-23)

Pilots Stats Leaders:

Brett Foley 10 kills; 6 blocks; 2 aces
Matt Friesen 10 kills; 3 digs

Game #2

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Opponent: Assiniboine Community College Courgars
Location: Assiniboine Community College
Score: PUC (3-0) lose to ACC (3-4) 2-3 (21-25; 30-32; 25-20; 25-10; 10-15)

Pilots Stats Leaders:

Matt Friesen 20 kills; 6 blocks; 6 digs
Trey Friesen 12 kills; 2 blocks; 1 dig
Brett Foley 16 blocks; 5 kills; 1 ace
Adrian Kalyniuk 48 assists; 2 kills; 2 digs

From the Coach:

We knew this weekend was going to be a good challenge for us and that we would need to play well. We had only played 2 regular season matches to their 6 heading into the weekend so we knew we were going to have to make adjustments to our game. I thought the guys played well, overall, throughout the weekend. We were pleased to find a way to come through and win a tight first match on Friday night.

Saturday’s match was one where we never seemed to feel comfortable. We went down 2 sets to 0 and had our backs up against the wall. We found a way to start turning the momentum in our favor with some strategic adjustments, and seemed to regain control of the match after coming back to win the 3rd and 4th sets. But we had a nightmare start to the 5th set, going down 0-7 before fighting our way back to 5-7. But the deficit proved to be too much and, in the end, we weren’t able to complete the comeback.

I was happy with how the guys battled and fought through some adversity, giving ourselves a chance to win a tough match. In the end, ACC deserved the win as they outplayed us in the moments that mattered most. We will definitely learn from this weekend and continue to focus on improving every time we step on the court.

From the Players:

“Our team had a solid weekend. We were challenged with a few things for this weekend. A key player got injured right before the weekend and we had trouble adjusting to playing on the road. But our response to these challenges was really positive.
We went 1-1 this weekend but were happy with our performance. We have identified what we need to work on and are excited to get back to work this week.” Pierce Dresser (3rd year co-captain)

Next Up: St. Boniface University Les Rouges (3-3)
Date: Wednesday, November 28th
Location: Otterburne, MB

Author - Tory Walker

Tory Walker

Coordinator of Athletics Information

Tory serves as the Coordinator of Athletics Information and the Head Coach for Women's Soccer.