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Pilots student-athletes claim basketball and volleyball awards

Friday, February 23, 2018


Ahead of this weekend’s Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference volleyball play-offs, which both the women’s and men’s teams enter as the top seed, two Providence players have claimed Most Valuable Player Awards.

Graduating senior Shayna Staerk (pictured, top-left), who led the Pilots women to a first-place finish during the MCAC regular season, was named co-MVP alongside Red River College’s Ashley Goodwin. Matthew Friesen (pictured, top right) won MVP honours for men’s volleyball.

“Shayna is a special player,” says Kyle Guenther, head coach of the Pilots women’s volleyball team. “Through her career here she has learned to perform really well under pressure and faces the big moments head-on.”

Men’s volleyball head coach Scott Masterson calls Friesen a “great volleyball player, teammate and person” and points to his 46.53% attacking rate and 4.07 kill average. “These skills, coupled with a great sense of the game, have helped Matt be one of the most consistent and effective players in the league,” says Masterson.

Pilots women Sara Barker and Sam Bridle have been named to the MCAC All-Conference Team with Brett Foley and Lucas Pappel garnering the same recognition for the men. Pappel, incidentally, has also been named MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for Week 19.

In basketball, student-athletes Taylor Goodbrandson and Joanne Schwarz have earned places on the National Christian College Athletic Association All-Region Team, along with Cash Blanca, Jordan Lawson and Kendall Perpall from the men’s team. Men’s head coach Tim Friesen has also won the NCCAA’s Regional Coach of the Year award.

Slideshow: Sara Barker; Sam Bridle;Lucas Pappel, Brett Foley; Joanne Schawrz and Taylor Goodbrandson; Jordan Lawson, Cash Blanca, Tim Friesen and Kendall Perpall.

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